Wisconsin Dance Marathon Raises $80,000
MADISON - More than 450 University of Wisconsin students and other community members kept it moving last weekend at the second annual Wisconsin Dance Marathon.
Held at The Shell near Camp Randall Stadium on February 26 and 27, the 14-hour event raised $80,433 for the American Family Children's Hospital, or 42 percent more than last year's $56,000 in proceeds.
"I could not be more proud of how warmly UW students have embraced Dance Marathon," says Donna Katen-Bahensky, president and CEO of UW Hospital and Clinics and American Family Children's Hospital. "Last year's results were so impressive, but this year just blew us away. Seeing hundreds of young men and women have such a great time on the dance floor while raising $80,000 for our patients and families was truly inspiring."
Most participants raised $100 each by collecting pledges. Dancers also were entertained throughout the night by performances from various UW-Madison dance teams.
American Family Children's Hospital Vice President Jeff Poltawsky applauded participants for their enthusiasm and commitment to such a great cause.
"These students are shining examples of the future, and their passion to help sick and injured children by supporting world-class pediatrics and family-centered care at American Family Children's Hospital is extraordinary," Poltawsky added.
Date Published: 03/03/2010