Seattle University held its seventh annual Dance Marathon on Feb. 22-23, an event where nearly 200 SU students danced from 10 a.m. on Saturday to 2 a.m. on Sunday to raise money for Seattle Children’s Hospital.

The women’s rowing team, SU’s newest varsity sport, raised $5,151 as part of the annual fundraiser, a significant portion of the $59,000 raised by the entire Seattle University group. Thirty rowers participated in the event and more than 50 additional student-athletes participated in Redhawk Hour, a special hour dedicated to athletics.

“I am so proud of what the team accomplished at the Dance Marathon,” said women’s rowing head coach Jenny Park. “They went above and beyond what was expected, raising over $5000 for Seattle Children’s Hospital.”

Dance Marathon, a 16 hour dance-a-thon, raises money for the Seattle Children’s Hospital’s uncompensated care fund. The fund is vital to providing medical care to young patients who would otherwise not be able to afford crucial medical treatment.

"The Dance Marathon was an amazing opportunity to be a part of something much bigger than ourselves," said MacKenzie Gaddy of the women's rowing team. "It was even more rewarding when we got to hear stories about and meet kids who have directly benefitted from SU's fundraising efforts. I thought dancing for 16 hours was going to be hard, but after Saturday's event, I cannot wait until next year."

Dance Marathon is a nationwide movement involving college and high school students at more than 150 schools across the country. In just seven years, the SU Dance Marathon has raised more than $200,000 for Children’s Hospital. This year, the dancers set a goal to raise $50,000, but they raised nearly $60,000, marking the most successful in SU history and the largest dance marathon in the west, according to Children’s Miracle Network.