UConn’s HuskyTHON fundraiser just had its biggest year yet, blowing by a $1 million fundraising goal and setting a new record for the event.
The HuskyTHON Dance Marathon is an annual fundraiser for the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. Thousands of students turned out for the event, which started at 6 p.m. Saturday and went until noon Sunday.
Organizers confirmed that this year’s event raised $1,021,485 – blowing away last year’s total and the previous record of $836,174.
HuskyTHON is a year-long effort that culminates with the Dance Marathon. The first HuskyTHON in 2000 raised $13,878. Year after year the event has grown into one of the largest student-run philanthropy event in New England and in 2016 it was named the 11th top collegiate fundraiser in the nation by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Student teams organize year-long fundraising events leading up to the dance marathon.
The event isn’t just about the students. Each team sponsors a child who shows up for the party.
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