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Wednesday February 8th

Carolina for the Kids

UNC Dance Marathon is a yearly fundraising event that requires participants to remain on their feet for 24 hours in a no-sitting, no-sleeping challenge. Since it was founded in 1998, 10,000 students have volunteered to be a part of the event. 13 active committees work all year long to organize and publicize the event.

In 2014, UNC-DM raised $551,595.87 for N.C. Children’s Hospital. With that money, it is providing 13 different grants to kids.



Dance Marathon sets record

They were trying their best not to collapse.More than 500 students moved to the beat of 'N Sync's "Bye Bye Bye," but they were a step slow, and the scene looked more like a hyperactive Generation X concert than a school dance.These were the waning moments of the UNC Dance Marathon - an annual celebration that marks the end of a year of fundraising.

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UNC's Dance Marathon compares favorably with others

With dozens of dance marathons taking place annually at schools nationwide, fund-raising tactics vary significantly, and success hinges on variables ranging from the unpredictable to the deliberate. The UNC Dance Marathon, founded by Michael Bucy in 1998 made $40,000 in its inaugural year.

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Marathon unites service groups

The largest charity effort on campus, Dance Marathon raised more than $170,000 and featured more than 600 dancers last year. The organization’s size has the potential to overshadow other campus charities, but many student leaders claim it actually unites the different service groups.

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Dance Marathon Money Goes to Help Families

When sophomore Chris Shields steps out onto a busy street corner, he yells and dances around, shaking an empty water bottle at passing cars.And he does it all in the name of the Dance Marathon. Shields does what is known in the Dance Marathon world as "canning" -- he stands on a street soliciting donations from passers-by.

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Dance Marathon Sets Record

Several hundred students danced the night -- and day -- away in Fetzer Gym this weekend, raising a record-high $100,289.33 for the N.C. Children's Hospital.Dance Marathon 2001, the largest student-run fund-raiser at UNC, brought 350 volunteers together for 24 hours of dancing and entertainment beginning at 7 p.m. Friday.

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Dance Marathon Lets Students Know Where Their Money Goes

How many times a semester have you been asked to give to a charity on campus? Organizations duke it out daily in the Pit for a prime table location so students will wander over to their table between classes.There, students are enticed with witty T-shirts, spaghetti dinner tickets, raffles and other clever ideas in exchange for a donation.

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Dance Marathon Wins Charity Game

The UNC Dance Marathon survived a full day of fund raising Saturday by calling supporters to raise more money -- $5,617 -- than nine other area charities.In a game similar to CBS' "Survivor," 10 area charities competed with each other at Performance Chevrolet, 1810 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd., to raise the most money and win a big-screen television.

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