GW Dance Marathon is a student-run organization on the George Washington University campus, and currently the largest student-run philanthropy at GW. The organization hosts a year-long campaign to raise awareness and funds for the Children’s National Health System, DC’s local Children’s Miracle Network hospital. The year culminates in a dance marathon where more than 500 students pledge to stand on their feet for 12 hours (the typical length of a nurse’s shift) in honor of the kids who can’t.
In only its fourth year on campus, GW Dance Marathon is looking forward to hosting the largest event yet on February 25, 2017. Last year, the organization raised over $120,000, a 328% increase from the first marathon in 2014. This year the goal is $150,000, symbolizing $10 for every child treated at Children’s National last year.
Funding come from across campus, the DC community, and the GW alumni family. GW Dance Marathon would like to thank Price Benowitz LLP; Rocco Columbus; Kerri Castellini; Hope Rosen; Karen Riley Porter; Steve Duckett; Thomas Soldan; Seth Okin; Shawn Sukumar; and Amato Sanita for their incredibly generous contribution in support of the kids!
Seth Price, JD ’95, encouraged his law firm Price Benowitz LLP to support GW Dance Marathon last year because his childhood friend ran a sister organization at Northwestern University in the late 1980s. “When I heard GW had Dance Marathon, I knew we had to get involved,” Seth said.
“We’re so appreciative of Price Benowitz’s donation,” said Catherine Edwards, BA ’17, Director of Partnerships for GW Dance Marathon. “Having our alumni, students, and community support our efforts to raise money for the Children’s National Health System makes this entire event possible.”
Price Benowitz fosters relationships with GW in a number of other ways, including hiring interns, fellows, and full-time employees from both the Law School and undergraduate schools. The firm has also taken part in online and in-person mentoring opportunities.
“It’s important to stay connected to my alma mater and the next generation of Colonials,” said Seth. “I also attend Law School outings at Nationals games, alumni receptions, and reunion events to grow my personal network.”
Other supporters include: Richard Grungo and William Colarulo; Darryl Kogan and Theodore L. DiSalvo; Dr. Victor Hayes; Whitney Polson and Mark Polson; Lawrence Kohn and Cory Yager; Dr. Edward Jacobson; Glen Lerner; Jim Higgins; and John B. Fabriele, III.