For Sixth Year, Students to Stay Standing For 24 Hours

More than 1,000 spectators, volunteers and hospital employees plan to crowd into UNC’s Fetzer Gym on Feb. 20 and 21 to witness more than 600 student dancers from UNC stay on their feet for 24 consecutive hours.

The 2004 Dance Marathon will be the culmination of a fund-raising campaign that benefits the N.C. Children’s Hospital.

Last year’s event raised nearly $168,000 to benefit the patients of the Children’s Hospital, a $46,000 increase from the 2002 record-breaking total.

The Dance Marathon, organized solely by UNC students, is one of the largest fund-raisers for the Children’s Hospital.

Money raised by the Dance Marathon goes to the For the Kids Fund, for the benefit of children receiving care in the Children’s Hospital. In conjunction with the chair of the department of pediatrics, the Dance Marathon Committee decides each year where its contribution is most needed.

This year’s event begins at 7 p.m. Feb. 20 and is scheduled to last for 24 hours. Opening ceremonies will feature men’s basketball Head Coach Roy Williams ’72.

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