Northwestern Dance Marathon Nets Close to $1 Million

Earnings will be sent to an organization that helps homeless youth.

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Northwestern University students know how to raise some serious cash for good causes. In both 2008 and 2009, Northwestern's Dance Marathon raised more than $900,000 for Bear Necessities and Project Kindle, respectively. (Bear Necessities is a pediatric cancer foundation; Project Kindle focuses on improving the quality of life for kids and young adults infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS.) 

This year, the Dance Marathon raked in $854,396 after 30 hours of dancing, the Daily Northwestern reports. The main beneficiary of the cash will be StandUp for Kids, an organization that helps homeless youth. 

"These are kids our age who don't always have a friend," Elizabeth Green, a Northwestern student who volunteers for StandUp for Kids, tells the Daily Northwestern. "This program has so much opportunity to grow, and this is a great way for NU students to get involved in the community." 

Northwestern's annual dance marathons began in 1975. According to the university's website, they have raised more than $11 million for charities. 

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