Thirteen hours, thousands of students and over a hundred thousand dollars raised each year for the Mercy Children’s Hospital in Toledo.
On Saturday, April 7 at 10 a.m., UT students will host their 17th annual RockeTHON. The 13-hour dance marathon will be held at the end of Miracle Week, after a week full of events.
The dance marathon movement started at Indiana University in 1991, now with over 300 universities participating every year. UT joined this movement in 2001, organized by Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority.
Last year, RockeTHON broke their record, raising $153,000 for the Mercy Children’s Hospital with over 1,000 participants. This year, they hope to raise over $160,000.
“This year, we have really increased our awareness on campus, as well as our personal fundraising,” said Samantha Denlinger, overall director of RockeTHON. “At this point, on donor drive, we are approximately $10,000 ahead of where we were last year.”
Currently there are 1,033 participants and 40 teams registered.
“RockeTHON has been growing and growing every year, and we are so excited to see our hard work pay off,” said Sammy Roush, RockeTHON morale captain.
Leading up to the big day, the UT RockeTHON Dance Marathon Commission hosts many events during Miracle Week from April 2 to April 6. Events include a cornhole tournament, an egg hunt, giveaways, FREE FOOD, various lawn games, Alpha Omicron Pie in the Face and Sigma Alpha Epsilon Bench-A-THON.
“Changes that we have made this year not only with RockeTHON, but with miracle week itself is how we present our organization,” Roush said. “We take a lot of pride in our dedication to the kids of Mercy Children’s Hospital, and want to present ourselves as professionally as possible.”
The RockeTHON Dance Marathon Committee is currently accepting new members for next year’s committee.
“My first time attending RockeTHON was my freshman year as a dancer,” Roush said. “I had a great experience and knew I wanted to get more involved.”
Whether participating as a dancer, a committee member or a donor, RockeTHON and Miracle Week allow students to remain involved and support the local community hospital. Students can sign up for RockeTHON at dancemarathon.com.