Students at the University of Delaware raised a staggering $1,890,337 at the UDance for the B+ Foundation last weekend – the most ever in the fundraiser’s history. Excitement was at a fever pitch all night long. “At no point in all 12 hours of the dance marathon did the energy drop below 100%!” exclaimed senior Merissa Muller, one of the UDance organizers.
The team of some 100 planners and volunteers were busy all night long to make sure everything went smoothly for the thousands of dancer participants. But they took great joy in seeing the smiles on each ‘Dancer,’ ‘Moraler,’ parent and child’s faces, “which made our hearts glow,” said Muller. “This marathon was the single most selfless, compassionate and memorable event I could have had the honor to witness first hand.”
Joe McDonough, who founded the Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation after the death of his son from leukemia, addressed parents and dancers just after the record-breaking fundraising total was announced. He expressed deep gratitude for a year’s worth of effort on behalf of hundreds of Blue Hens who helped kids around the country who are suffering from childhood cancer. “I don’t think there was a dry eye in the entire venue,” said Muller. “We had the time of our lives and danced like no tomorrow, but more than anything we danced to give kids a fighting chance – so that they can have a tomorrow.”
Those who are interested may still make a tax deductible donation to the B+ Foundation through the UDance Executive Board: https://www.udancede.org/bpos_donate.aspx?eventtag=ud2017&teamid=458