Students dusted off their dancing shoes, threw on their favorite flair and danced the night away, with a mission to raise money for children. A Seattle U tradition, the annual marathon raised nearly $27,000 and featured food, games a silent auction and the dance-a-thon. Organizer Renata Opocznyski, assistant director of student activities at SU, compares Dance Marathon to “a carnival... minus the roller coaster.”
Typically, dancers raise funds for the hospital by posting a page on helpmakemiracles.org, which they can personalize and collect donations through. However, the Dance Marathon has raised supplemental funds in the past by "canning" at basketball games and hosting a silent auction. All proceeds go to the Seattle Children's Hospital.
The hospital helps raise funds for research and treatment by facilitating the creation of guilds, groups of volunteers who work together to raise funds for the hospital. Seattle University has long contributed through its personal guild, the Seattle University Dance Marathon Guild.
This year, the Dance Marathon team introduced a new method of fundraising, a campus wide raffle. For $5, students and/or faculty could purchase a raffle ticket that would enter them in a drawing to win several exciting prizes including restaurant gift cards. It worked! The event raked in $26,629!