Marathon of Funk And Disco.
Perhaps you have seen the Facebook posts from your student or friends’ kids that say #FTK or #ForTheKids. Maybe even fundraising pages for an event called OwlThon or Dance Marathon. Or maybe you have never even heard of the event. If you have a student at FAU, you will definitely want to know about this event, donate to this event and encourage your students to get involved. This is college philanthropy at its best. Created to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in 1991, Dance Marathons are held at college campuses across the country to raise funds and awareness for more than 170 pediatric hospitals across North America.
Dance The Night Away
The Marathon, also known at FAU as Owlthon, will take place on Saturday, April 4, 2020. This is the 7th year that the dance marathon has taken place at FAU. Dancers will spend 13.1 hours on their feet. They will line dance, enjoy live entertainment and meet some of the families that benefit from the funds raised. Staff and captains run various fundraising events throughout the year culminating in the dance marathon. 100% of the funds raised support for local kids. At Florida Atlantic University, UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital is the Children’s Miracle Network participating hospital.
The Last Dance
Last year’s Dance Marathon raised $247,870.90. There are many opportunities for students to get involved in starting when they first step foot on campus. My daughter was involved with Dance Marathon as a dancer, however many of her friends have participated as dancers, staff, and captains.
She met some of the pediatric recipients of the fundraising efforts and their families. Her overall takeaway was that the stress she had about daily annoyances was frivolous in comparison to the issues that the patients and families of patients at Shands experience daily. From my perspective, I could not her been more proud of her participation and that this event truly puts into perspective how blessed they truly are.
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