Participants must raise $100 each in order to be eligible to dance, plus pay a $10 registration fee that covers the cost of a commemorative T-shirt and meals throughout the evening.
Contestants are eligible to win prizes during the evening from sponsors such as McDonald’s, The Radisson Hotel, Party Source, Subway and more. Visitors to this event are welcome for a $5 entrance fee.
Last year Xavier held their inaugural Dance Marathon. More than 75 participants helped raise $10,000 to benefit Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. This year’s event is shaping up to be just as successful, with 35 dancers already registered.
Organizers have also recruited a 12-person “Morale Team” whose job is to keep the dancers motivated and upright for the duration of the marathon.
“We’re all really excited for this event,” says Shannon Towle, co-coordinator of the event. “We have a great group of student volunteers, and we have planned to bring in some of the recipients from Children’s Hospital to keep our students mindful of what the greater mission is—to help raise money for this important organization.”
In addition to dancing, participants will be entertained by break-dancers, a break-skater, DJs, line dancing, a Michael Jackson impersonator, an appearance by the Bengal’s mascot Who Dey, the Blue Blob and others.
This energetic and entertaining experience was inspired by other colleges and universities, which join with their local Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) to help raise money for health care organizations in their own communities. CMN first heard of the dance marathon when Indiana University raised more than $60,000 for the Ryan White Infectious Diseases Fund. This fund was established by the Indiana University Dance Marathon Council at Riley Hospital for Children, a CMN hospital in Indianapolis.
Thanks to the help of students at Indiana, Xavier and many other schools, CMN's dance marathon program has raised more than $1,000,000. There are now dozens of schools and tens of thousands of students from coast to coast holding CMN dance marathons.