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More than 1,000 Northwestern University undergraduates spent 30 hours dancing away the weekend of March 8-10 to help raise a record-breaking $1,214,632. This was the highest amount Northwestern Dance Marathon has raised in 39 years of NUDM history. The organization was able to give $741,394.10 to the Danny Did Foundation, its primary beneficiary this year, and $82,377.12 to the Evanston Community Foundation, NUDM’s second beneficiary for the 16th year.
The Danny Did Foundation fosters epilepsy awareness and subsidizes detection devices for families. Chicagoans Mike and Mariann Stanton founded the not-for-profit in 2010 after the Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP) of their 4-year-old son, Danny.
NUDM 2013 went a step further in community support this year and went “green,”in keeping with Northwestern’s commitment to sustainability, by being carbon-neutral and reducing packaging and food waste from the event. With the support of SustainNU and the Associated Student Government Sustainability Committee, NUDM monitored its electricity output, paid to offset carbon emissions, and integrated compost collection and additional recycling into the tent.