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DM exceeds goal, funds 11 Starlight Sites

DM exceeds goal, funds 11 Starlight Sites

Olivia Exstrum, Managing Editor

April 30, 2015


Filed under Campus, Dance Marathon 2015, Student Groups

Dance Marathon announced Thursday that funds raised from the 2015 event will create 11 Starlight Sites for the primary beneficiary, Starlight Children’s Foundation, surpassing the organization’s original goal of funding 10 sites. “We’re thrilled that Starlight has been able to take the amazing...

Dance Marathon 2015: Block 10 in photos

Dance Marathon 2015: Block 10 in photos

Annabel Edwards, Captured Editor

March 8, 2015


Filed under Captured: Photo Blog, Dance Marathon 2015, Latest Stories, Multimedia

After 27 hours of dancing, students powered through Block 10 of Dance Marathon with excitement. The final three hours of Northwestern's 41st DM included the reveal of the final amount raised for Starlight Children's Foundation Midwest and the Evanston Community Foundation. This was the fifth consecutive yea...

Dance Marathon brings in $1.1 million to support record number of children

Dance Marathon brings in $1.1 million to support record number of children

Stephanie Kelly, Alice Yin, and Cat Zakrzewski

March 8, 2015


Filed under Campus, Dance Marathon 2015, Top Stories

Wearing tutus and sequin dresses, a record number of children benefiting from the funds raised by Dance Marathon danced alongside Northwestern students in the tent this weekend. “(The kids) really enjoyed it, especially being around college students, like a big college party,” said Tennille Palms,...

Dance Marathon raises more than $1.1 million in 2015

Ciara McCarthy, Editor in Chief

March 8, 2015


Filed under Campus, Dance Marathon 2015

Dance Marathon raised more than $1 million for the fifth consecutive year. DM's finance committee revealed the final fundraising total of $1,130,979, the organization’s lowest since 2012, early Sunday morning. In 2014, DM brought in a record-breaking $1,385,273. Of the money raised, $836,489.57...

Starlight Children’s Foundation tackles chronic illnesses through ‘kid-friendly’ hospital redecorations

Alice Yin, Development and Recruitment Editor

March 8, 2015


Filed under Campus, Dance Marathon 2015, Latest Stories

Jessica Dunning’s son, Anthony, isn’t supposed to go on airplanes. Yet, a couple years ago, he was able to fly out of O’Hare International Airport at 10,000 feet to go “visit Santa Claus.” The Dunnings are one of more than 60 million families that have been served by the Starlight Children’s...

DG/ZBT/AIO team raises biggest group total for Dance Marathon

Sophia Bollag, Managing Editor

March 8, 2015


Filed under Campus, Dance Marathon 2015

The Dance Marathon fundraising team of Delta Gamma, Zeta Beta Tau and Alpha Iota Omicron raised the most money of all the fundraising groups. The team, which was included in the large groups category, raised $140,725.79, almost $14,000 less than the DG/ZBT team raised last year. AIO, a fraternity in...

Dance Marathon 2015: Block 9 recap

Dance Marathon 2015: Block 9 recap

Alice Yin, Development and Recruitment Editor

March 8, 2015


Filed under Campus, Dance Marathon 2015

Three dancers and three Hero kids knelt in front of a table on the stage, face-deep in chocolate pudding-covered gummy worms. An hour into the penultimate block, the participants dove into an eating contest. And in just a couple minutes, TJ, a boy who is one of the DM heroes, licked his plate clean,...

Approaching the 120-hour mark, seniors reflect on four years in the tent

Cat Zakrzewski, In Focus Editor

March 7, 2015


Filed under Campus, Dance Marathon 2015

Donning purple 120-hour club shirts, seniors who have participated in Dance Marathon for all of their four years at Northwestern ran into the tent for the final two blocks. The moment marked the bittersweet culmination of dancing in every DM since the charity benefitted the Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation...

Dance Marathon 2015: Block 8 recap

Dance Marathon 2015: Block 8 recap

Alex Putterman, Web Editor

March 7, 2015


Filed under Campus, Dance Marathon 2015

For 12-year-old Matthew Jazwinski and his mother Tamara, 30 hours has a special resonance. “This is a 30-hour dance marathon, and that’s essentially what parents go through during the first 30 hours of their child’s surgery,” Tamara Jazwinski told The Daily during Block 8, after Matthew’s...

Evanston Community Foundation president to retire after long relationship with Dance Marathon

Evanston Community Foundation president to retire after long relationship with Dance Marathon

Stephanie Kelly, City Editor

March 7, 2015


Filed under City, Dance Marathon 2015, Top Stories

After 15 years at the helm of the Evanston Community Foundation, Sara Schastok will retire by the end of the year, which also marks a milestone in her long relationship with Dance Marathon. ECF has been DM’s secondary beneficiary for the past 18 years. Schastok, ECF's president and CEO, has expanded the “mu...

Dance Marathon 2015: Block 6 recap

Dance Marathon 2015: Block 6 recap

Hayley Glatter, Arts and Entertainment Editor

March 7, 2015


Filed under Campus, Dance Marathon 2015

With a backward baseball cap and a powerful dose of swagger, 13-year-old Cassidy took the microphone in the middle of Block 6 to share with dancers what Starlight Children’s Foundation has meant to her and her family. After joining the Dancer Relations committee on stage to teach part of the 30-hour...

Dance Marathon 2015: Block 5 recap

Dance Marathon 2015: Block 5 recap

Hayley Glatter and Peter Kotecki

March 7, 2015


Filed under Campus, Dance Marathon 2015

Even the booming sounds of the Northwestern University Drumline couldn’t fight the fatigue overwhelming dancers inside the tent. The Winter’s-a-Beach-themed Block 5 kicked off with breakfast and a trio of student performances from Fusion Dance Company, the Undertones and NU Drumline. The dancers...