Valparaiso is One of nine campuses nationwide to raise $1 million annually from this event. VU drew 639 students to this year’s dance marathon, an increase from the 586 participants in 2017. “I’m encouraged by the turnout,” said VU sophomore Miranda Dunn, director of public relations for the dance marathon. “We’ve increased our numbers, and that’s all you can ask.”
As Dunn, of Plymouth, explained, VU also holds a FT5K run-walk to benefit children’s hospitals. The campus also collaborates with local eateries on “Miracle Mondays,” during which a percentage of sales supports the dance marathon.
Carol Goss, who is director of VU’s Language Resource Center, praised students for “doing it with such as sense of giving. They’re learning what it means to serve and learning about kids.”
The marathon ran from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., during which “morale team” members taught participants sections of a group dance. The event raised $70,075.06 in total.