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RockeTHON, formerly known as Dance Marathon, is The University of Toledo’s largest student-run philanthropy event. The yearlong fundraiser culminates in a 13-hour event where participants stay on their feet by dancing, playing games, participating in themed contests, and getting to know the families they are supporting.

Students vogued for the camera at last year's RockeTHON.

Students vogued for the camera at last year’s RockeTHON.

RockeTHON will be held Saturday, April 12, from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. throughout the Student Union, with the stage and main action taking place in the auditorium.

This year’s goal is to have more than 1,000 students participate and to raise $113,000. The “Zero Zeroes” goal aims to make sure each individual participant raises anything above zero dollars.

The theme for this year’s event is “Hollywood: Dancing With Our Stars.” Events and attractions will include an inflatable joust, a photo booth, radar speed test, sunglass spin art, a mechanical shark, a snow cone machine, miniature golf, scavenger hunts, dance competitions, and the crowning of Mr. and Mrs. RockeTHON, among others.

About 10 families are planning on sharing their personal stories with RockeTHON participants.

Dance Marathon is a national event, taking place at more than 100 college campuses across the country. Since 2001, RockeTHON has raised more than $500,000 for Mercy Children’s Hospital, bringing a brighter future to area children.

“RockeTHON is a can’t-miss event. The energy of hundreds of individuals supporting one cause is electrifying,” said Aaron Birney, a senior in the Individualized Degree Program and director of RockeTHON 2014.

Registration is $20 per person and includes a RockeTHON 2014 T-shirt. You can register at http://utole.do/rockethon. Dancers can register as part of their respective student organizations until 10 a.m. the day of the event.

For more information, contact Tyler Clark, RockeTHON 2014 public relations chair, at tyler.clark@rockets.utoledo.edu or 419.205.6410.

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