What is Dance Marathon?
Dance Marathon is a continuous, multi-hour event on college campuses. It is a culmination
of dancing, music, games, food, and a variety of entertainment for one purpose -
to raise money for Children's Hospital and VCU Health Systems' Children's Medical
Dance Marathon Began...
Dance Marathon began in 1973 by the Interfraternity Council at Penn State University
to raise funds for the Penn
State's Hershey Medical Center. In 1995, Children's Miracle Network began the CMN
Dance Marathon with just four schools. In 2000, 68 schools were involved, raising
almost three million dollars. CMN Dance Marathons are held at campuses of all sizes.
In Randolph-Macon College's first Dance Marathon attempt, the students raised over
$28,000-more than any other school in its first year.
Children's Miracle Network first heard of Dance Marathon when Indiana University
raised more than $60,000 in only their third event for the Ryan White Infectious
Diseases Fund. Thanks to the help of students at Indiana and Penn State, and many
schools since then, CMN's Dance Marathon program was born. In 1995, the first year
of the program, 4 schools raised $142,000 for kids treated at CMN hospitals. The
next year, 10 schools participated and raised over $300,000. In 1997, 18 schools
held Dance Marathons and raised more than $600,000. There are now dozens of schools
and tens of thousands of students from coast to coast participating. CMN Dance Marathons
are held at campuses of all sizes. In Randolph-Macon College's first Dance Marathon
attempt, the students raised over $28,000-more than any other school in its first
What Sets Dance Marathon Apart?
Dance Marathon is a completely student-run philanthropy. The various committees
offer students a chance to use the business and life skills they have developed
in the classroom in a real world experience.
Dance Marathon Across the Nation
Annually, tens of thousands of students across the U.S. find Dance Marathon to be
a personally satisfying experience. It has now become the World's Largest Student-Run
Philanthropy. (USA Today, 1999)
To Sign-up a team or to donate contact:
Student Life Operations Manager
c/o The Office of Student Organizations and Greek Life
304 Henry Street
Ashland, VA 23005