Dance Marathon raises record-breaking $1.8 million

Dance Marathon raises record-breaking $1.8 million

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Money supports pediatric cancer research
Dancers and kids at Dance MarathonThe 20th Dance Marathon "Big Event" drew more than 2,000 dancers, as well as kids and families helped by the group's work. Photo by Tim Schoon.

The University of Iowa Dance Marathon announced Saturday night that UI students and partners raised $1,801,032.20—$300,000 more than last year and the largest amount in the event’s history.

To see a related photo gallery, visit Dancing the day and night away for a good cause.

“Every day is a great day to be a Hawkeye, but today is especially a great day…a big win over Michigan and an amazing Dance Marathon toteboard,” UI Dean of Students David Grady said in a congratulatory note to the event’s organizers, referencing the UI men’s basketball 85-67 win over the Wolverines Saturday night.

Students raised the funds between April 2013 and 5 p.m. Saturday, when the 20th so-called “Big Event” came to a close. Mini-Dance Marathons, held by local schools, contributed $156,801.27 to the total, according to Dance Marathon organizers.

More than 2,000 people took to the dance floor this year for 24-hours from Friday to Saturday night in support of funding pediatric cancer research.

Over the past 20 years, UI Dance Marathon has raised more than $14.5 million for research at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Contacts

Stephen J. Pradarelli, University Communication and Marketing, 319-384-0007
Drake Wilbur, UI Dance Marathon, 515-865-1318

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