Auburn University Dance Marathon, or AUDM, is a year-long initiative that raises money and awareness for patients at the Children’s Hospital at Piedmont Columbus Regional in Columbus, Georgia. At AUDM’s Main Event on Saturday, Feb. 12, it was announced $273,328.22 was raised.
Throughout the year’s fundraising efforts, all efforts lead up to the annual end of year celebration, Main Event, which is the final fundraising push of the year.
During Main Event, students stay on their feet for 12 hours raising money and awareness for their Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. This event is a non-stop party that includes performances, activities and dancing alongside staff, participants and miracle families. At the end of the night, AUDM reveals their final total for the year.
“Main event is always my favorite day of the year,” Director of Children’s Miracle Network Hospital Caroline Soule said. “This year was extra special because we were back in person and got to celebrate our year of hard work all together. Getting to play with the miracle families all day and hear their miracle stories reminds me why I love this organization so much.”
Funds are raised by students through Facebook fundraisers, direct solicited donations and local and corporate sponsorships.
In AUDM’s 11th year, students have raised over $3.6 million to the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.