Students danced through the night in Alumni Gym as part of Elonthon, a 24-hour dance marathon held annually to raise money for patients and families at Duke Children's Hospital.
Starting at 6 p.m. Friday April 7, students gathered in Alumni Gym to begin the overnight festivities. Each participant campaigned for donations in the weeks leading up to the event, signing up for a six, 12 or 24-hour dance shift. The money raised through donations will be donated to Duke Children's Hospital in Durham, a nearby member of the Children's Miracle Network, a nonprofit organization comprised of 170 hospitals nationwide.
As the hours rolled on through the night, students partook in a variety of events to boost morale and energy. Zumba, yoga, a silent disco, ping pong and a rave hour all kept the party going in the early hours of Saturday morning. Many participants rallied behind the phrase "For the Kids" and the hashtag "#FTK" as part of Elonthon's branding.
Elon's dance marathon was first held in 2003. Through the past 15 years, Elonthon has raised over $2 million.