The annual Boston College Dance Marathon took place at the Plex on Saturday, Feb. 17. This year’s Dance Marathon raised $20,661.45.
Founded in 2016, Boston College Dance Marathon is “a student-run philanthropic event that aims to raise funds that go towards treatment and research for children at Boston Children's Hospital.” This event, hosted by BC’s Class Council, contributes all proceeds to Boston Children’s Hospital in order to “treat and research for children who suffer from terminal illnesses, trauma, abuses, and accidents.”
The event took place from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. and was filled with dancing, activities, raffles, and performances by a variety of BC a capella and dance groups. The highlight of the event, however, was a selection of special guest appearances by former Boston Children’s Hospital patients. These former patients and their parents shared their touching success stories, explaining how the work of the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals impacted them. The children also joined in event festivities throughout the day.
Event Operations Co-Chair Michaela Drobac, MCAS ‘20, elaborated on the inspirational aspect of the day.
“Dance Marathon is an incredible day where we can be in solidarity with those at Boston Children’s Hospital and raise money for sick and injured children in a very fun way," said Drobac.
BCDM is part of a network of colleges and universities across the country holding dance marathons to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Donations came from a variety of sources including BC students, community members, and even Delta Air Lines, who contributed $2,500.
An extremely inspirational event, BCDM serves as a great example of the strong connection between BC and the greater Boston community.