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 year.
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:Sarah HambyStudent Life Operations Managerc/o The Office of Student Organizations and Greek Life304 Henry StreetAshland, VA firstname.lastname@example.org(804) 752-7318