UNI to host fifth annual Dance Marathon

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host the fifth annual UNI Dance Marathon from noon to midnight Saturday, March 5, in the Maucker Union.

Dance Marathon is a nationwide movement involving college and high school students at more than 250 schools. Money that is raised by the schools during the events goes toward the local Children's Miracle Network Hospital. Last year, high school and college dance marathons collectively raised $25.9 million.

Participants will stay on their feet for 12 hours to "stand for those who can't." Along with dancing, there will be breakout rooms throughout Maucker Union where various activities will take place. Dancers will also have the chance to meet the Dance Marathon kids who have been treated at the University of Iowa Children's Hospital and their families.

This year, the group at UNI hopes to raise $305,000. UNI has exceeded their fundraising goal for the past four years, with last year's event raising $278,135.04, which was above their goal of $225,000. Money raised goes to the Children's Miracle Network and the University of Iowa Children's Hospital.

To register for UNI Dance Marathon, visit http://www.unidancemarathon.com/. For more information, contact Alyssa Meeker, director of public relations for UNI Dance Marathon, at publicrelations@unidancemarathon.com.


Alyssa Meeker, director of public relations, UNI Dance Marathon, publicrelations@unidancemarathon.com

Blake Ruane, Office of University Relations, 319-273-2761, blake.ruane@uni.edu