UDance, the University of Delaware student-led charity dance marathon, has come a long way since its founding 13 years ago. About $2.24 million dollars worth, actually.
In its maiden year of 2007, the new fundraising effort raised over $8,000 … the take from this year’s event was an incredible $2,252,081, besting last year’s record-setting performance by $200,000.
All dance proceeds benefit the Andrew McDonough Be Positive Foundation, the largest provider of financial assistance to families of children with cancer in the U.S.
“The feeling of being a part of both the UDance Executive Board and overall Be Positive community is indescribable,” said Arielle Waller, media relations chair. “Watching the University of Delaware student body, faculty, and alumni come together to support this cause every year is a truly special experience.”
UDance participants danced on their feet for 12 hours from 9 am to 9 pm inside UD’s Bob Carpenter Center on Saturday night. Every year their goal is to help more families affected by childhood cancer. The night also included live entertainment, raffle prizes, haircut donation stations, silent disco, a B+ Hero Talent Show and a Rave Hour.
“We spent our day in the company of our cancer-fighting B+ Heroes and our extraordinarily talented live entertainment, which included student performers and outside musicians,” said Waller.
“The best part about fundraising for the B+ (Be Positive) Foundation is the fact that you truly know where your money is going,” said Waller. The B+ Foundation writes checks directly to families struggling with the burden of childhood cancer to cover things such as rent, electricity bills, medical expenses, and more.