Every March, hundreds of Northwestern University students gather on the college campus in Evanston, Ill., to dance for 30 hours in Dance Marathon, a philanthropic event that has raised more than $8 million for charities since its founding in 1975.
After raising funds to participate, dancers groove to music during 10 three-hour blocs, resting for only 10 minutes between each. Emcees and performers keep students motivated throughout the event.
In 2008, Dance Marathon raised an unprecedented $933,855. Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation – the event’s primary beneficiary that year – received more than $590,000.