Each year, the University of Connecticut hosts the HuskyTHON, a yearlong fundraiser to benefit Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. Events for this fundraiser range from a Spin-a-Thon to a fashion show, and end with the HuskyTHON Dance Marathon in February. Throughout the year, teams like the Uconn Student Nurses’ Association band together, designing custom t-shirts and other ways to raise money for the kids at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.
The HuskyTHON Dance Marathon is the number one student-run philanthropy group in Connecticut, raising over $300,000.00 last year. This year will be the HuskyTHON Dance Marathon’s 13th anniversary Each dance marathon lasts for 18 hours over the course of one weekend. Participants celebrate the cause that they spent all year fundraising for with bands, performances, comedians, hypnotists, inflatables that they can play on with their sponsored miracle child, and a ten minute morale dance that repeats on the hour. With high hopes to beat their record-breaking numbers from last year, students and alumni are encouraged to participate and fundraise for the event. All funds raised from HuskyTHON help support numerous programs and aide in purchasing state-of-the-art medical equipment at the medical center. Since its inception, HuskyTHON has raised nearly $1,000,000 and is likely to break that number soon.
Leading up to the HuskyTHON Dance Marathon, campus clubs, groups, sororities, and fraternities create their own teams and compete to see who can raise the most money. Money is raised through registration fees, pledges, and sponsorships. Each team sponsors a miracle child from Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. Each miracle child, along with their family, is invited to attend the event. As the UConn HuskyTHON Dance Marathon nears, teams reach out to their community, friends, and family to meet fundraising goals before the big weekend.
During the event, a large part of … Continue reading