Tuesday, March 10, 2015

TerpThon 2015

Junior Zach Pelczar has his face painted before TerpThon begins. Pelczar was a member of the Yoncè Yellow team, one of six different colored teams.
Sophomore math and elementary education major Jordan Weissberg gets a temporary face tattoo before TerpThon begins. Weissberg raised $320 as a member of the Poppin' Purple team.

Every hour, TerpThon internal members teach another section of the Morale Dance. At the end of the night, the entire crowd and those on stage perform the dance together.
TerpThon participants had the option to write uplifting notes to the difference Miracle Children. Here, a dancer writes a note to Olivia, a fifth-grader who was born with an enlarged heart and later diagnosed with cardiomyopathy.
Junior Matt Angelico, a member of the TerpThon Morale Team, is stuck in TerpThon jail. Those place behind the bars are required to raise a minimum of $20 in cash or online donations prior to their release.

Brooke, another miracle child, took the microphone to yell "FTK" to the crowd. "FTK" is an acronym that means "For the Kid," which is TerpThon's slogan. 
Prior to Power Hour, dancers were asked to reach out to friends and family for last minute donations. Rachel Graham, a sophomore English major, places a phone call in a final effort.

Students eagerly await the reveal of the amount of the donation TerpThon will make to the Children's National Health System. This year's goal was $600,000.

TerpThon raised $604,316.24 for the Children's National Health System, topping their goal of $600,000. The donation is almost a $200,000 dollar increase to last year's donation, $429,012.89.

At the stroke of midnight, all of the dancers sat down simultaneously to signal the end of the dance marathon. The participants stood for 12 hours to raise money for the Children's National Health System in Washington, D.C.

Greek life, like the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, was well represented at the event. Greek organizations accounted for about 70 percent of the $604,316.24 donation.
The TerpThon Moral team gathers in a circle for the final song of the night, "I Hope You Dance," by Lee Ann Womack. The song is a symbol for the hope that dance marathon participants have for the miracle children. 


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