Annual UCR Dance Marathon Raises More Than $50,000 

The fifth annual fundraiser for the Guardian Scholars Program was a night of music, dancing and fun — all to support emancipated foster youth going to college at UCR

On Feb. 20, UCR Dance Marathon raised a record-breaking $52,327.50 for the Guardian Scholars Program with support from a matching fund.

With all of its tables and chairs cleared out of the way, the Aberdeen-Inverness dining hall was transformed into a dance floor complete with flashing lights and upbeat music for the fifth annual Dance Marathon event held on Feb. 20.

The six-hour dance party grooved on from 6 p.m. to midnight, with more than 300 students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members  in attendance. The night was filled with fun activities, from a photo booth, to hourly raffle drawings, to an appearance from UCR Housing mascot, Norm the Naval Orange.

All of the Dance Marathon’s proceeds will go toward a good cause; the event is a philanthropic endeavor to raise funds for the campus’ Guardian Scholars program, which provides assistance to UCR students who are aging out, or emancipating from, the foster care system.

Each dancer was asked to raise a minimum of $25 to participate in the event, but many raised much more. By midnight, Dance Marathon 2016 was able to raise a record-breaking amount of $32,327.50. For the second year in a row, the Pritzker Foster Care Initiative provided a matching challenge gift. Their donation of an additional $20,000, brought the total to $52.327.50 — and donations are still coming in.

The program was initially started as collaboration between the Student Alumni Association and Golden Key at UCR. The event is now planned and executed by R’ Philanthropic Culture and has raised more than $192,000 in five years.

Individuals still interested in donating to the Guardian Scholars fund can do so by visiting the program’s giving opportunities page.











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