Huskers gathering donations to benefit Children's Hospital

Huskers gathering donations to benefit Children's Hospital
12-hour Dance Marathon slated for Feb. 16 in Nebraska Union

A young patient of Children's Hospital gets a dancing boost at the 2017 Huskerthon dance marathon, which raised $174,000 for the hospital. The 2018 event is slated for Feb. 17.
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A young patient of Children's Hospital gets a dancing boost at the 2017 Huskerthon dance marathon. The 2019 event is slated for Feb. 16.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln students are heading toward the finish line of their annual Children’s Hospital and Medical Center fundraiser, the Dance Marathon.

Participants are gathering donations for the HuskerThon, a 12-hour dance and activity event beginning at noon Feb. 16 in the Nebraska Union’s Centennial Room. Dance Marathon is the largest student-driven philanthropic event on campus, and has raised more than a million dollars since the annual event began 14 years ago.

Amanda Nelson, internal director for the 2019 Dance Marathon executive council, said the goal for this year’s event is $216,000. The funds will be used for the construction of four emergency room suites in the new wing of Children’s Hospital in Omaha.

“We need the community's help in reaching our goal,” Nelson said. “One hundred percent of the funds raised go directly to the Children's Hospital.”

Donations can be made online.