Archive for April 2nd, 2012
Over the weekend the 11th Rutgers Dance Marathon took place. Billed as New Jersey’s largest student-run philanthropic event the 32-hour dance-a-thon raised $442,075.06 for the Embrace Kids Foundation: in total it has raised over $2 million for the charity in the last 13 years, and is one of its largest benefactors.
Since 1991 the Foundation (formerly the Institute for Children with Cancer and Blood Disorders), has supported the families of children with cancers and blood disorders, seeking to enhance the quality of life of the children and relieve the emotional, spiritual, and financial concerns of their families. Its annual budget is around $1 million.
The Marathon itself is the culmination of a year-long series of fundraisers carried out by students at Rutgers University, and during this event over 400 dancers pledge to raise funds and remain standing for 32 hours while, together with over 500 volunteers and many visitors, they are treated to a variety of entertainment, including live bands, comedians, prize giveaways, games, and sports.
As always, it’s great to hear of young people doing their bit for charity – especially when the recipients of their altruism are young children. A superb effort guys and gals: well done!