HAMDEN – More than 1,500 Quinnipiac University students will dance the night away and raise money for Connecticut Children’s Medical Center on Saturday, Feb. 24.
The QTHON, a 10-hour dance marathon, starts at 2 p.m. with more than 65 teams at the Athletics and Recreation Center on Quinnipiac’s Mount Carmel Campus. Last year’s QTHON raised $218,184.83 through fundraising events and pledges; this year’s goal is $250,000.
“QTHON is such a special event to the Quinnipiac community because it brings a diverse group of students, faculty and staff together to unite in supporting the patients and families at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center,” event co-chair Briana Alicea said. “The excitement of QTHON is felt throughout the whole campus, especially in the week leading up to our event. The students are most excited to see the children and the families that are directly affected by their fundraising efforts.”
Patient ambassadors, or “miracle children,” and their families are expected to attend QTHON to talk about the care they received at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and to support the dancers.
Students sponsored various events and fundraiser throughout the year leading up to QTHON to raise money for the hospital. Alicea said the Quinnipiac administration has donated $1,000 to this year’s QTHON. The Quinnipiac event has raised $454,348.60 to date.
QTHON is part of a nationwide movement by the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals called “Dance Marathon,” involving college and high school students. Since originating in 1991, Miracle Network Dance Marathons have raised more than $230 million.
“These students work tirelessly to put on an amazing event,” said Marissa Troiano, associate manager of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. “The impact that QTHON has on Connecticut Children’s patients and families is immense and powerful. It is such a joy to watch these students work and grow as leaders throughout the year and then watch them celebrate their successes with a truly special event.”