HooThon at the University of Virginia is one of more than 300 Miracle Network Dance Marathon programs fundraising for local children’s hospitals. Miracle Network Dance Marathon is a movement uniting college, university, and high school students across North America. The collective efforts of students have raised nearly $180 million since 1991 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, a nonprofit organization that raises funds and awareness for 170 pediatric hospitals in the U.S. and Canada.
The programs are student-run organizations that operate throughout the year and culminate in a 6- to 48-hour Dance Marathon event where students reveal and celebrate the year’s fundraising total, participate in games and dancing, enjoy entertainment, and meet with patient families treated at the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. Students involved in a campus’ Dance Marathon organization spend a year gaining leadership, teamwork, and nonprofit business experience while raising funds and awareness for their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.