LoboTHON, The University of New Mexico’s largest student-led philanthropic organization, hosts its annual 10-hour dance marathon, Saturday, April 8.
The event takes place from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the SUB ballrooms and registration to participate is still open.
"Dance Marathon is unlike any event that happens on UNM's Campus,” Kasey Lenning, executive director of LoboTHON said. “It's a time for students to come together to not only have a great time, but also raise money for UNM Children's Hospital, New Mexico's only dedicated pediatric hospital.
LoboTHON raises money for the UNM Children’s Hospital throughout the year, but their culminating event is the annual dance marathon. Participants and donors will help provide life-saving medical equipment, treatments and programming at the hospital.
The organization set a goal to raise $66,000 during this year’s dance marathon, because one in six children in New Mexico will be treated at UNMCH during their childhood.
“Being involved in this organization for the past four years, I have personally gotten to see the positive impact this event has on the UNM community. Raising money for UNMCH also means that donations stay close to home, meaning we can tangibly see the impact the money we raise makes,” Lenning said.
The event includes miracle stories, jeopardy, karaoke, a silent disco, food, merch and the reveal of the fundraising total. Children treated at UNMCH will be in attendance along with their families, hospital staff, performers and student organizations.
Last year, the dance marathon raised $75,000.
Anyone interested in donating or participating in the event can learn more on the event website.