The UNC Dance Marathon took place over the weekend and raised $614,717 for patients and families of UNC Children’s Hospital.
Students were on their feet for 24 hours on Friday and Saturday, dancing and raising money.
The event was hosted by Carolina for the Kids, one of the largest student non-profits in the state. Since it’s inception in 1999, the organization has raised over $5.4 million.
According to Elizabeth Soffer, Carolina for the kids corporate marketing chair, most of the money they raised came from individual students.
“A vast majority of our fundraising we are really proud to say comes from our dancers. So those are students, who at the beginning of October pledged to raise $150 and stand for 24 hours in solidarity with our families at this annual event,” said Soffer.
This year was the 18th annual dance marathon and was a record setting one in terms of fundraising.
Carolina for the Kids supports patients and families who are in treatment at UNC Children’s Hospital. The organization provides bill pay assistance, as well as meal vouchers, gas cards and other aid for families in need.
The money raised this year will also go towards helping UNC Children’s Hospital build an off site primary care unit. Carolina for the Kids has pledged $2.5 million to help with the project.
“Having such a great year of fundraising will definitely help us in the process of building a new primary care clinic for UNC Children’s” said CFTK Executive Director Meagan Barger. “As our largest project, it’s exciting that we are well on our way to making it a reality.”
The project would help provide primary care to children across the state.