CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – On Friday, March 20, 2015 at 8 p.m., more than 2,000 UNC-Chapel Hill students will gather in Fetzer Gym to stand for 24 hours for the annual UNC Dance Marathon.
This event, presented by the Carolina For The Kids Foundation, benefits the patients and families at N.C. Children’s Hospital.
The theme this year, “Dare to Discover,” represents the many changes and new ventures Carolina For The Kids has undertaken this year.
“It’s amazing to see how much college students can accomplish when they dedicate themselves to a cause,” said Executive Director Evan Sherwood. Sherwood, along with all executive board and committee members, is a student at UNC-Chapel Hill.
In addition to renaming the organization from, UNC Dance Marathon to Carolina For The Kids Foundation, it also announced a $2.5 million commitment to building a new clinic for N.C. Children’s Hospital.
Funds raised also go toward ongoing grants such as the “For The Kids” fund which provides funds for emergency expenses.
“The bar is high this year, and we’re excited to see what everyone involved will accomplish,” said Sherwood.
Despite the changes, this year’s marathon will have many familiar aspects for returning visitors including the presence of Kid Co-Captains, patients from the hospital who provide inspiration to the dancers.
“Our Kid Co-Captains are really the heart of what we do,” said Hospital Chair Shakeia Burgin. “Being able to interact with them at the marathon is a great reminder of why we stand for 24 hours.”
Event highlights for this year’s marathon include:
Friday March 20, 2015
7:30 p.m. Kickoff Speakers
· Dr. Wesley Burks (Chair of Pediatrics and Chief Physician at N.C. Children's Hospital)
· Judy Ward (KCC Parent)
Saturday March 21, 2015
1:30 a.m. Good Night With Jay Putnam, Student Talk Show (live-taping)
4:45 p.m. Kid Co-Captain Hour (playtime with the KCCs)
6:30 p.m. Family Hour (families share their stories of how Carolina For The Kids benefitted them)
7:55 p.m. Fundraising Total Reveal
If you would like more information, would like to schedule an interview or are interested in attending the 2015 UNC Dance Marathon, contact Breeze Riley, media relations sub-chair at 443-803-3098 or firstname.lastname@example.org.