DemonTHON aims to top last year’s record breaker
April 30, 2013
By Leigh Poellmann
DemonTHON, DePaul’s largest student-run philanthropic organization, aims to top last year’s record setting efforts where students raised more than $100,000 for the benefit of sick children.
In 2012 DemonTHON broke the national record for the most money raised by an inaugural dance marathon, raising $103,700.
This year’s 24-hour dance marathon begins May 10 at 5 p.m.
DemonTHON is a year-long fundraising effort benefiting Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago. Several events, such as benefit concerts, donation collections and Dancer Week – a week of activities to build awareness for DemonTHON – are hosted throughout the year to fundraise, concluding in the “Big Event,” the 24-hour dance marathon.
“DemonTHON is an opportunity to build community around a common purpose. It speaks to our Vincentian purposes and who we are as a university,” said Edwin Darrell, associate director for residential education.
The Big Event is a celebration of the dancers, families of Lurie Children’s Hospital and fundraising by DePaul students. Participants are asked to stay on their feet the full 24 hours, dancing every hour on the hour to a 10-minute dance mix. The purpose is to honor Lurie Children’s families and stand for the kids that can’t.
“We are still recruiting dancers, seeking sponsorship, and running through the 24 hours to make sure there are no glitches. It is a lot of behind the scenes work to make sure it is a good experience for the dancers and families,” Darrell said.
Around 300 students are involved in DemonTHON this year, but there is room for more.
The Committee Drive, where students can sign up to volunteer for DemonTHON’s Big Event, is April 26 from 11-2 p.m. on the second floor of the Student Center. The banner design contest and Penny War – where pennies are used to vote for the best banner – take place May 7-9 in the Student Center atrium.
“There are hundreds of organizations at DePaul, but DemonTHON allows you to be social, adventurous and philanthropic. You can do it as an individual and make a difference and become part of a community” Darrell said.