[DM] DM wins national philanthropy award

Kris Anne Bonifacio

Northwestern’s Dance Marathon won $10,000 last night after being recognized as the nation’s Most Influential College Organization in the Classy Awards held in San Diego.

Classy Awards is the largest philanthropic awards ceremony in the country. StayClassy, an organization that provides fundraising and communication tools to nonprofit organizations, sponsors the Classy Awards, which is now in its third year.

NUDM officials announced late July that they were one of the 25 national finalists for the Most Influential College Student or Organization. The finalists were put to a vote online on Facebook, and the top 10 nominees with the most votes moved on to the next round. A panel of judges then chose the winner.

The $10,000 prize will go towards DM 2012’s beneficiary, The Andrew McDonough B+ (Be Positive) Foundation, which funds medical research for childhood cancers.

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