Every year, for the past 4 years, Temple students have gathered together to dance for 12 hours in an effort to raise funds and awareness for patients of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, known as HootaThon.
This past weekend, students and families of CHOP patients turned out in droves at the Liacouras Center. The event offered dancing, games, and other activities for students to enjoy.
But it wasn’t all fun and games. Many, like Maxi Ehrlich, were deeply touched by the stories they hear from the miracle families.
“I think the most important part is remembering why we’re here, and that definitely happens when we hear from the miracle families,” Ehrlich says.
Hootathon’s Senior Director of External Affairs, Megan Schmitt, explained how this year is bigger than ever for the miracle families.
“Our goal is $400,000, so we’ve increased our goal by almost $200,000 from last year. So we’re hoping that we will hit it today, we will see when it gets closer to midnight,” she said.
All their hard work paid off as the final tally for funds raised came out at $404,074.85.