Unlimited Raises Money, Awareness

Feb. 26, 2014

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Gopher Athletics assisted the Unlimited Dance Marathon to raise nearly $29,000 in cash donations during the 2013-14 academic year, all of which will directly benefit the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital.

The Unlimited Dance Marathon is a year-long fundraising and awareness campaign for the fight against pediatric health issues. The marathon this year was held in Mariucci Arena, Feb. 22-23 from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. In addition to the no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon, the event featured personal stories from children and families served through resources at Amplatz. Participants dancing in the marathon earned pledges for their dance time. The annual event aims to unite the campus and the entire student-body to impact the lives of patients. Participation more than tripled in 2014, with 750 attendees, compared with 220 in 2012.

The 2013-14 campaign marked the first time Unlimited and Gopher Athletics combined forces. The University of Minnesota Dance Marathon raised a combined $13,800 during 2011-12 and 2012-13 combined before raising nearly $84,000 this year through cash and in-kind gifts. Prior to the event on Feb. 22-23, students and student-athletes volunteered at various Gopher athletic events to raise monetary donations. The volunteers collected money last fall in football tailgating lots before raising funds at other on-campus athletic events, from men's and women's hockey to the Cheerleading Championships this winter. In all, patrons at 14 events donated money to Unlimited in an effort to redesign the Teen Room at the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital.

In-kind contributions for the prize drawings included a free semester of textbooks from the University of Minnesota Bookstore, Sun Country Airlines round-trip tickets, Gopher Athletics gift baskets, and a Kaplan Test Prep online course. Additional in-kind donations included the Mariucci Arena ice covering, all-night DJ entertainment from Fulton Productions and food from University Dining Services for all the participants.

Unlimited and Gopher Athletics would like to thank the following sponsors:

AMC Theatres
Advanced Technology Systems
Aramark
Coca-Cola
Contract Administration (University of Minnesota)
Domino's Pizza
Fulton Productions
General Mills
Gopher Sports Properties
Insomnia Cookies
Kaplan
Kellogg's
McGough Construction
Minnesota Timberwolves
Minnesota Twins
Minnesota Wild
Old Dutch
Ordway Center for Performing Arts
Papa John's Pizza
Party City
Raising Canes
Starbucks
Sting
St. Jude Medical Foundation
Sun Country Airlines
Tony's Diner
The Commons Hotel
University of Minnesota Athletic Facilities
University of Minnesota Police Department
University of Minnesota Bookstores
University of Minnesota Dining Services