Northwestern University Dance Marathon (NUDM) is a year-long fundraising effort culminating in a 30-hour dance-a-thon and is one of the largest student-run philanthropies in the world. In its 38th year, NUDM has had more than 1,300 students register to dance for this year’s primary beneficiary, The Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation for childhood cancer. The secondary beneficiary, Evanston Community Foundation (ECF), will receive 10 percent of funds raised.

Last year, students raised $1,019,130 in cash and donations. Students begin to raise money in the fall, their efforts culminating in a 30-hour dance celebration in March. Ten committees involving more than 300 students work all year to prepare for the final weekend. Special events such as a kids’ carnival, a spa and a 5K run along Lake Michigan take place during NUDM weekend, bringing thousands of visitors to Norris University Center.

The location for the NUDM is Norris University Center, 1999 Campus Drive. There will be no visiting hours from 1 a.m. to 9 a.m. on March 3. A $5 entrance fee will be charged to visitors, excluding the media.