Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I get involved?
Charlotte DM participants change lives and instill hope in children and their family members one penny at a time. By banding together to fundraise, our generation can make a difference in the next generation of students. Who wouldn’t help save a life if given the opportunity?
Charlotte DM connects college students to give back to the Charlotte community and form lifelong friendships with other Charlotte DM dancers. We are a family and invite you to consider joining Charlotte DM, a life-changing experience we promise you will never forget!
When and where is the marathon?
Charlotte Dance Marathon 2016 will be held from 7pm on Friday, November 4th to 7am on Saturday, November 5th.
Are there others ways to get involved if I cannot attend the marathon in November?
Yes! Just because you can’t attend the actual marathon, does not mean you can’t fundraise for the cause. You can also join one of the planning committees to help plan fundraising events throughout the year, as well as main event. If you are interested in joining our Charlotte Dance Marathon family, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where do I register to participate in and fundraise for Charlotte Dance Marathon?
To register as a participant click the large, blue "Register Now!" button at the top of this page. You can create your own team, join an existing team, or register as an individual. The $10 registration fee is credited to Charlotte Dance Marathon’s overall fundraising total, which goes directly to the children at LCH.
If you are a current UNC Charlotte student, you can register as a “Fundraiser/Participant” to fundraise and attend the 12-hour marathon in November.
UNC Charlotte alumni who are passionate about the cause and plan to fundraise For the Kids can register as an “Alumni Fundraiser.”
What if I can’t dance? Can I still participate?
Of course! We’re not about HOW you dance, but WHO you dance for…the kids! While we love to watch you show off your skills on the dance floor, we will always welcome even those born with two left feet. As long as you can move in the simplest of ways (we’re talking move an arm, eyebrow, or pinky toe), we want you to be a part of our family. Although there will be music provided for the duration of the marathon, there will be many other activities besides dancing to keep you entertained all night long.
Do you actually dance for 12 straight hours?
No, while DM participants are encouraged to stand/move for the full 12 hours, there are a variety of activities to keep you occupied and entertained if you would rather not dance. Examples include: cornhole, a bounce house, a photo booth, limbo, Jazzercize, cardio kickboxing, Red Bull Play and Destroy music contest, live bands, and most importantly, meeting and hearing from the families and children served at LCH.
Can I sign up to participate as an individual instead of joining a team?
Yes! If you do not know anyone on a team or would prefer not to join an existing team, you can sign up as an individual and we will assign you to a group of awesome Dance Marathon participants the day of the marathon. Everyone is welcome!
Can I create a team?
Yes! Students form teams for student organizations, fraternities, sororities, friend groups, residence halls, athletics, and just about anything you can possibly think of! Seriously. You could have teams that come together because the participants like French fries or drive pick-up trucks or maybe you all like to wear tutus and tiaras. Whatever your reason for creating a team (as long as it’s For The Kids), we would love to have you at Charlotte DM. Contact all your friends and register today! Simply select “create a team” as your role when you register for the event.
How many participants should be on each team?
Our only rule of thumb is more than one, but the more the merrier!
Where can I find my personal fundraising page?
All of your donations are tracked through Charlotte DM’s Donor Drive website. Donations, whether submitted online or checks and/or cash mailed in, are displayed on your personal fundraising page. To log in to your personal page, enter your email address and password in the “Account Login” box found on the left side of the page. Once logged in, you can personalize your page and monitor all of your donations received.
How are donations submitted online?
Thanks to the Donor Drive website, it’s easy! Go to your personal fundraising page and copy the URL. Share the URL on all social media platforms and send it to family and friends via email, letters, and texts. Once potential donors go to your website, they can click on the “Support Me” link found on your page and then submit their contribution online. All donations show up immediately and donors automatically receive an acknowledgment of their tax-deductible gift.
If someone does not have the URL to your personal fundraising page, they can go to the Charlotte Dance Marathon Donor Drive portal and search for your fundraising page in the “Participant Search” box found on the bottom left side of the page.
How do I fundraise?
The easiest way to fundraise is to ask family and friends to make a tax-deductible donation to your personal fundraising page. But, before you email, call, or write letters to close friends and family asking for a contribution, make sure you personalize your fundraising page! Personalizing your page allows you to tell your loved ones what you are doing, why you are doing it, and where their contributions will go. Most of your supporters will be happy to donate once they understand the reasons behind your ask.
There are also opportunities for you to increase your fundraising total by organizing events throughout the year. Some examples include holding a bake sale or car wash, canning for change at campus or community events, running concession stands at professional sports games, hosting a restaurant benefit night near campus, organizing a talent show or date auction, and starting Penny Wars within your residence hall. With a little creativity, the opportunities are truly endless!
Should I fundraise prior to Charlotte Dance Marathon in November?
YES!!! Charlotte Dance Marathon is a yearlong fundraising initiative that culminates in a 12-hour dance marathon to celebrate the total amount raised For the Kids and to honor and remember those struggling with childhood illness. Charlotte DM participants should strive to raise at least $100 prior to the marathon held in November. One of the most anticipated events of the year is when the total amount fundraised by students is revealed during the closing ceremony of the marathon. With all DM participants fundraising before the event, we are confident that we can increase the total amount raised for LCH each year.
Are all participants required to fundraise?
Registered participants are urged to reach a suggested goal of $100 by the date of the Dance Marathon. Registered participants that raise more than $1,000 will be recognized at the event.
Where does the money raised go?
100% of the funds raised go to Levine Children’s Hospital to support the areas of greatest need, which often include life-saving equipment, state of the art technology, and therapeutic programs for patients.
What is Charlotte Dance Marathon?
Charlotte Dance Marathon (DM) is one of UNC Charlotte's largest student-run philanthropies. We raise awareness and financial support year-round for the children treated at Levine Children's Hospital (LCH). Students, alumni, and members of the community come together for a 12-hour marathon that takes place every fall to celebrate the kids and the total amount of funds raised. Everything we do is For The Kids (FTK)!
Do you accept cash and checks
Yes! For these donations to be counted towards your fundraising total please include a memo with all cash and check donations indicating the name of the person or people the funds should be credited to and the amount to attribute to each person.
Checks should be made out to Levine Children's Hospital with your name and Charlotte Dance Marathon on the subject line.
Please send contributions to the following address:
Levine Children's Hospital
Attn: Sarah Richardson
P.O. Box 32861
Charlotte, NC 28223
Or drop off the donations from events on campus to the Charlotte DM advisor, Mason Reuter, who is in the Residence Life Main Office in Scott Hall.