Carolina For the Kids hosted its annual Dance Marathon on Friday and Saturday, following an 18-year tradition. The event raised $420,062.95.
Sophomore Ryan Carp, a member of the publicity committee, allowed The Daily Tar Heel to follow him throughout the 24-hour period and see what the inside of the marathon was really like.
An hour after the marathon began, there was a line of people waiting to check in inside Fetzer Hall, and loud music was already blasting from the dance floor. In the main gym there was a huge stage set up with flashing lights and the UNC v. Butler men’s basketball game airing.
UNC-Chapel Hill students danced around the clock Friday into Saturday to raise money for the North Carolina Children's Hospital.
The 19th annual UNC Dance Marathon, presented by Carolina FTK, raised $420,062.95 for the patients and families of UNC Children’s Hospital.
Over 1,000 students stood for the 24-hour event held in Fetzer Gym on UNC’s campus.
Carolina FTK is the largest student-run philanthropic organization in North Carolina and works year-round to benefit the patients and families served by UNC Children’s.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (WNCN) — More than 1,000 UNC students have their dancing shoes on.
They’ve been at it since 7 p.m. Friday, for the 19th annual UNC Dance Marathon.
The money raised by the charity dance-a-thon will go to Carolina For The Kids, a student-run nonprofit that supports patients and families at the UNC Children’s Hospital.
Students also spent the evening watching the Tar Heels beat Butler.
“This is, like, honestly the coolest way to start Dance Marathon because it’s like we’re all out here having a great time raising money for the kids and were watching an amazing game,” said Senior Jon Alliss.
On Friday evening, more than 1,800 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill students will come together to stand – and dance – for 24 hours to help the patients of UNC Children’s hospital.
The Carolina for the Kids Foundation’s 19th annual UNC Dance Marathon begins at 7 p.m. in Fetzer Gymnasium. The participants have pledged not to sleep or sit until the event ends at 7 p.m. Saturday.
The dance marathon is the largest of many events sponsored by the foundation, a non-profit that works to financially and emotionally support the patients and their families of UNC Children’s. Since the inaugural UNC Dance Marathon, Carolina for the Kids has raised more than $5.4 million, including more than $614,000 last year.
It’s 4:45 in the afternoon on a Saturday and hundreds of UNC students stand pressed against a stage in Fetzer Gym on campus. They’re sweaty, swollen and exhausted. But they’re enthusiastic and excited. They’re listening to a kid tell knock-knock jokes.
It’s the annual UNC Dance Marathon thrown by Carolina For The Kids (CFTK). The knock-knock jokes were part of the Kid Co-Captain talent show, only one of the hours in the 24-hour no sitting, no sleeping event. CFTK Executive Director Elizabeth Brown said it’s one of her favorite parts every year.
“When I think of Carolina For The Kids, that’s what I picture,” she said. “We’re able to turn such a normal, mundane moment for these kids, the most normal they can get– into something so special.”
The student-run UNC non-profit Carolina For the Kids raised more than $50,000 over 24 hours Tuesday and Wednesday to benefit UNC Children’s Hospital.
The fundraising push was part of the organization’s second annual “50K in One Day” initiative, which fell just short of its goal in 2016.
This year, Carolina FTK brought in about $52,000.
The program began Tuesday night during the UNC basketball game against Pittsburgh, where fans had the chance to donate to Carolina FTK members.
For the second straight year, Carolina For the Kids, a non-profit made up of UNC students, will attempt to bring in $50,000 of donations in one day.
Carolina FTK’s “50K in One Day” event kicks off Tuesday night at 7:00 at the UNC men’s basketball game against Pittsburgh in the Dean Smith Center and will close exactly 24 hours later.
Fans at the basketball game will be able to donate to any of the Carolina FTK members in attendance.
“We are very excited to be working with Carolina athletics to give sports fans a greater opportunity to support Carolina For The Kids,” said Carolina FTK executive director Elizabeth Brown. “If everyone at the basketball game gave $3.00, we would reach our goal.”
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The Carolina For The Kids Foundation needs help raising $50,000 by 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, to help patients and families at UNC Children’s Hospital.
The “50K in 1 Day” fundraising event features various activities throughout the day, including fundraisers on the UNC campus, social media pushes, canvassing in Chapel Hill neighborhoods, and benefits at local businesses.