CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – More than 2,000 UNC-Chapel Hill students will stand on their feet for the annual 24-hour UNC Dance Marathon from 6:30 p.m. on Friday, April 1, 2016, to 6:30 p.m Saturday, April 2.
This event is presented by the Carolina For The Kids Foundation and held in Fetzer Gym on UNC’s campus. Carolina FTK is the largest student-run nonprofit in North Carolina, working year-round to benefit the patients and families of UNC Children’s.
The theme of the 18th annual UNC Dance Marathon is “In The Spotlight,” which will include a red carpet through Hospital Hallway, an area centered around the Marathon’s kid co-captains, and other theme-related activities throughout the event.
“We have recruited more dancers this year than in previous years, so the Marathon is going to be bigger than ever,” said Executive Director Meagan Barger. Carolina FTK is comprised of fourteen committees, with responsibilities ranging from community outreach to event donations.
This year’s Marathon will have many similarities to ones in the past, including a sunrise walk through Kenan Stadium, a Kid Co-Captain talent show and Family Hour, where families will share their Carolina FTK stories and experiences with the dancers.
While the last moments of the Marathon are the most emotional, Barger is excited for the very first.
“I am most looking forward to the moment in which so many UNC students stand up together to begin the Marathon,” said Barger. “That moment signifies the start of 24 hours of a unified stand for the patients and families. I've been looking forward to this moment since I last sat down.”
Event highlights for the 2016 UNC Dance Marathon include:
Friday April 1, 2016
- 5:30 p.m. Doors Open
- 6:30 p.m. Marathon Kickoff
Saturday April 2, 2016
- 1:00 a.m Hooker Fields
- 6:30 a.m. Kenan Walk
- 11 a.m. Rave
- 1:15 p.m. Hooker Fields with kids and families
- 4 p.m. Kid Co-Captain Talent Show
- 4:30 p.m. Kid Co-Captain Introductions and Family Hour
- 6:30 p.m. Fundraising Total Reveal
If you would like more information, would like to schedule an interview or are interested in attending the 2016 UNC Dance Marathon, please contact Elisabeth McFarland at firstname.lastname@example.org