More than 1,000 Northwestern University students danced for 30 straight hours at Norris University Center in the 36th annual Dance Marathon over the weekend, netting $854,396 in total gifts and in-kind donations.

More than 1,000 Northwestern University students danced for 30 straight hours at Norris University Center in the 36th annual Dance Marathon over the weekend, netting $854,396 in total gifts and in-kind donations.

The student group presented checks for $461,546 to StandUp for Kids and $51,282 to Evanston Community Foundation, which has been the event’s secondary beneficiary for the 13th consecutive year.

Dance Marathon has raised more than $11 million for charities since its founding in 1975.

StandUp for Kids, a national organization of volunteers that works with homeless and “at-risk” youth, will use the money raised to expand programs in Chicago and the Midwest.

The Evanston Community Foundation will use its share to support Evanston-based organizations and its own community programs.

Northwestern’s Dance Marathon is one of the world’s largest student-run philanthropies. In addition to 30 hours of dancing, fundraising events at Norris included a silent auction, a 5-K run along Lake Michigan’s shore, carnival games, a spa and an a cappella show. In past years, Dance Marathon weekend has attracted as many as 3,000 visitors.

This year, the Illinois House of Representatives passed a resolution to recognize Northwestern University Dance Marathon weekend (March 5 to 7) for its mission of uniting Northwestern University and nearby communities through education and philanthropic fundraising.

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  1. Dancing for Branches?
    Hey, if the NU students can raise that much money in one weekend by dancing, they should definitely team up with the BranchLove folks and raise some serious operating capital.

    And btw, where is the Evanston Community Foundation on the library branches? Shouldn’t they be ponying up some cash?

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