Knight-Thon Raises $258,554 for Children's Miracle Network
UCFâ€™s largest student-run philanthropy raised more than a quarter of a million dollars for the children of Childrenâ€™s Miracle Network hospitals, which support childrenâ€™s hospitals and medical research and community awareness of childrenâ€™s health issues.
Nearly 800 students participated in this yearâ€™s dance marathon, which asks participants to stand for 18 hours to â€śdance for the kids who canâ€™tâ€ť and to raise funds for the Childrenâ€™s Miracle Network. Hundreds of students from more than 60 organizations raise funds for the event year-round, and the effort culminated Saturday with the dance marathon, which was held at the Venue and raised $258,554.17.
â€śWe have worked so diligently to make Knight-Thon have a real presence on campus, and I think that this year, we finally made it,â€ť said Valerie Greco, Knight-Thonâ€™s fundraising chair. Â â€śOur goal of $170,000 seemed like a stretch and at times, there were set-backs and people said that we couldnâ€™t do it.â€ť
Knight-Thon raised $118,000 for Childrenâ€™s Miracle Network last year. This year, the philanthropy beat its goal thanks in part to a few large donations, including a $25,000 gift from former Orlando Magic guard J.J. Redick, who selected Knight-Thon as a winner of a social media contest to find a local charity to donate to.
â€śOn Sunday morning, I think many of the members of the executive board expected that we would exceed our goal, but no one was prepared for the reveal of over a quarter of a million dollars,â€ť Greco said. â€śUCF raised $258,554.17, and I cannot think of a better cause than the Greater Orlando Childrenâ€™s Miracle Network! I am truly blessed to have been part of such an incredible event.â€ť
To learn more about Knight-Thon or to donate, visit http://www.knight-thon.com.