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1999

  • Raised more than $40,000 for the kids
  • Featured more than 100 dancers and 200 volunteers
  • Utilized efforts of 71 UNC-CH campus organizations

2000

  • Increased fundraising total to more than $70,000
  • Established the For the Kids Fund, allowing the UNC Dance Marathon to give 100% of fundraising total to N.C. Children’s Hospital
  • Featured more than 150 dancers and 250 volunteers
  • Fundraising efforts all year from more than 100 campus organizations
  • Started the UNC Dance Marathon Silent Auction, raising over $10,000 for the kids

2001

  • Donated more than $100,000 to the For the Kids Fund
  • Featured more than 400 dancers, 300 volunteers, and more than 1,000 spectators
  • Surprise appearance by UNC alumnus and Olympic Gold Medalist Mia Hamm, who thanked the dancers for their commitment to the hospital
  • Sponsored by Title Sponsor Chick-Fil-A at University Mall and Gold Ram Sponsor McAlister’s Deli
  • Endorsed by Chapel Hill Mayor Rosemary Waldorf, who proclaimed February 18-23 Dance Marathon Week in Chapel Hill

2002

  • Donated more than $120,000 to the For the Kids Fund
  • Featured more than 550 dancers and 400 volunteers and moralers
  • Live performances from more than 25 student groups
  • Sponsored by Platinum sponsor Chic-Fil-A and Gold Sponsors McAlister’s Deli, Durham Americans Baseball Club, UNC Hospitals Printing, The Carolina Inn and Carolina Dining Services

2003

  • Donated more than $167,000 to the For the Kids Fund
  • Featured more than 550 dancers and 300 volunteers
  • Established the Benefit Reception and Silent Auction to bring community members together in support of N.C. Children’s Hospital
  • Started new fundraising efforts that included local donation boxes, a Powder-Puff Tournament, a Faculty Event at sponsor West End Wine Bar
  • Increased student volunteer activity in the hospital with the
  • Neo-Natal Unit Reunion, UNC hospital’s Radiothon, and a Christmas Toy Drive

2004

  • Donated more than $170,000 to the For the Kids Fund
  • Featured more than 500 dancers and 300 volunteers
  • Appearance by UNC Head Basketball Coach Roy Williams at Marathon
  • Special Performance by Legendary Beach Music Band The Embers

2005

  • Donated more than $184,000 to the For the Kids Fund
  • Featured more than 600 dancers and 400 volunteers and moralers
  • Enhanced “Battle of the Bands” fundraiser, with winning band scoring an hour onstage at the UNC Dance Marathon in February
  • Introduced “Turn It Blue” campaign, selling “Turn it Blue” wristbands to UNC fans all over the country

2006

  • Donated more than $200,000 to the For the Kids Fund
  • Featured more than 750 dancers and 450 volunteers and moralers
  • Supported by many new corporate sponsors, including Bojangles, the title sponsor
  • Began new partnerships with the Cardiac Care Center and the Hematology-Oncology divisions of N.C. Children’s Hospital
  • Reached a fund-raising total of more than $1 million over 8 years

2007

  • Donated more than $236,000 to the For the Kids Fund
  • Featured more than 800 dancers and 600 volunteers and moralers
  • Gained continuing support from the surrounding community, including Carrabba's our 2007 Title Sponsor
  • Extended our divisional partnerships to include the Newborn Critical Care Center within the Division of Neonatal Medicine
  • Increased our fundraising total to more than $1.3 million

2008

  • Celebrated our 10th anniversary with returning Overall Committee alumni
  • Surprise appearance by comedian Will Ferrell
  • Donated more than $300,000 to N.C. Children’s Hospital

2009

  • Donated more than $394,000 to the hospital
  • Started a relationship with divisions at N.C. Children’s Hospital through grants such as N.C. Children’s Center for Clinical Excellence, focused on improving pediatric critical care.

2010

  • Had 1,600 students pledge to dance in the 12th UNC Dance Marathon
  • Established the kid co-captain program, with 9 kids helping lead the 24 dancer teams
  • Donated more than $421,000 to the hospital, increasing our fundraising total to more than $2.4 million.

2011

  • Had 1,600 students pledge to dance, and 500 moralers and volunteers
  • Had 24 kid co-captains
  • Introduced merchandise and text-to-donate programs
  • Raised more than $436,000 for N.C. Children’s Hospital for a total of more than $2.8 million.

2012

  • A record 2,000 students signed up to dance
  • Dancers got to know and interact with 22 or 25 kid co-captains through videos and blogs
  • Started N.C. Children's Hospital's first Pediatric Palliative Care Program
  • Hosted the 10th annual Benefit Reception
  • Raised more than $483,000 for patients and families at N.C. Children's Hospital for a total of more than $3.3 million
  • Hosted the 1st annual 5K FTK

2013

  • Hosted the 11th annual Benefit Reception
  • Raised $430, 181.68
  • Hosted the 2nd annual 5K FTK

2014

  • Raised $551,595.87, which passed the half-million mark for the first time in UNCDM history!
  • Hosted the 12th annual Benefit Reception
  • Hosted the 3rd annual 5K FTK, now named Kilometers For The Kids and including a 10K race for the first time!

2015

  • Officially changed the name of the organization from UNC Dance Marathon to Carolina For The Kids
  • Hosted the first ever For(mal) the Kids

2016

  • Raised $614,717.71 for the kids, setting the record for our largest fundraising year ever!
  • Hosted the 13th annual Benefit Reception

2017

  • Raised over $420,000 for the kids!
  • Hosted the first ever FTK Fest
  • Hosted the 14th annual Benefit Reception

2018

  • Raised over $430,000 for the kids!
  • Hosted the 15th annual Benefit Reception