On behalf of Evanston Community Foundation, CEO Sara Schastok receives a check for 2,934.29 from NU’s Dance Marathon.Photo from NU Dance Marathon

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The Northwestern University Dance Marathon (NUDM) – one of the largest student-run philanthropies in the world – broke the $1 million mark this year for the fifth consecutive year. NUDM 2015 raised a total of $1,130,979 in cash and in-kind donations during the March 6-8 week.

A check for $836,489.57 was presented to Jacquie Hart, Global CEO of Starlight Children’s Foundation, NUDM’s primary beneficiary. The leading global charity partners with experts to improve the life and health of kids and families around the world through an array of family-centered programs.

Another check for $92,943.29 was presented to the Evanston Community Foundation (ECF), which funds grants to local not-for-profits. As NUDM’s secondary beneficiary since 1998, ECF received 10% of NUDM 2015’s net proceeds. The check was presented to ECF’s outgoing president and CEO, Sara Schastok. ECF will put the funds to use for a full range of local grants and programs.

Ms. Schastok expressed her gratitude for the NUDM team’s efforts in this and past years. “What Northwestern students do each year through Dance Marathon is about much more than money,” she said.

“Think of it. In the midst of their studies, more than 1,000 students imagine and invest themselves in making life better for literally thousands of people they will never meet,” Ms. Schastok added.

Ms. Hart said, “These students are our future leaders who choose to do good instead of doing nothing, who choose to spend time instead of kill time, who choose to dance and dream for those who may not be able and who choose to come alongside their fellow man, woman and child at a time when they are desperate
for uplift.”