Over 300 students danced for twelve hours straight on Saturday, November 9 for HootaThon 2014. The cause: raising money for Miracle Network Hospitals, specifically Philadelphia’s local Miracle Network Hospital, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Gaelen McCartny is the president and founder of HootaThon.
“All our funds are raised through Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and goes to CHOP,” said McCartny. “The dance marathon is a nationwide movement that fund raises for over 170 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.”
His idea to start HootaThon came from his older sister’s experience at a different college. When he came to Temple in 2012, he began working almost immediately to make HootaThon happen.
HootaThon 2014 was a day full of special events. At the top of every hour, the Morale Team led a five-minute ‘Morale Dance.’ Presentations or speeches were made by the Miracle families who were being honored. The biggest event was the Reveal – $119,539.14 was raised for CHOP, which surpassed HootaThon’s goal of $100,000.00.
If you missed out this year, planning for next year’s event starts right away. You can visit HootaThon’s social media to get more information.