JHU Dance Marathon raises more than $44,000 for Johns Hopkins Children's Center

Students dance to raise money for fight against pediatric illnesses

This weekend, hundreds of Johns Hopkins students hit the dance floor in the Glass Pavilion and raised more than $44,000 to support the Johns Hopkins Children's Center in the process.

Dancers pledged to stay on their feet for an eight-hour dance marathon lasting into the morning hours of Saturday for the fifth annual JHU Dance Marathon, which had a theme of "Mission Possible." Their fundraising total—$44,407—surpassed last year's total of $35,000 and will be used to fight pediatric illnesses.

DJs, dancers, and an a cappella group provided spirited entertainment for the night, and a silent auction and raffle promised exciting prizes for the participants. Patients from the Johns Hopkins Children's Center danced alongside the students, and everyone on the dance floor anxiously awaited the reveal of the final fundraising total as the event drew to a close at 2 a.m.

The proceeds from Dance Marathon will support a Child Life Specialist who will work in the Johns Hopkins Children's Center, a local branch of the Children's Miracle Network. Donations can still be made online; 100% of all contributions go to the Johns Hopkins Children's Center.

The event was sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association, the Student Activities Commission, Johns Hopkins Federal Credit Union, and the Office of the Dean of Student Life.