Dance Marathon participants are boosting fundraising efforts to meet the half-money deadline of Jan. 24, at which time they should have turned in $200 to dance in Northwestern’s largest fundraising event.
DM has been an NU tradition since 1975, when students raised $9,100 for two charities during the first dancing event. Last year’s fundraiser raised more than $1 million – the first time it has done so – for The Children’s Heart Foundation. In September, the Classy Awards, a philanthropic awards ceremony, named DM its Most Influential College Organization.
This year, DM organizers have chosen The Andrew McDonough Be Positive (B+) Foundation, which fights childhood cancer, as the primary beneficiary. The event will take place on March 2.
Sourav Bhowmick, DM public relations chair, said this year’s event is off to a “great start,” setting attendance records at many fundraising events, including weekly trivia nights at Buffalo Wild Wings and a scavenger hunt.
Bhowmick, who has been involved with DM for four years, referenced the turnout at the annual beneficiary holiday party – about 200 to 250 people – as another indication of the organization’s growing strength. The Weinberg senior said the figure was “much more than we’ve had in past