HuskyTHON Dance Marathon is the University of Connecticut’s largest student-run philanthropic event. Every spring, over one thousand UConn students and dozens of student organizations form teams and pledge to remain standing for 18 hours to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) and Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford, CT. Over 150 schools across the country host Dance Marathons, collectively raising millions of dollars for CMN Hospitals in their local communities.
In the 1990’s the UConn Greek community ran a Jail and Bail for the American Cancer Society for over five years. Over a 2-day period we consistently raised $15-20,000, and the last two years UConn’s was the second most successful campus-based Jail and Bail in the country. The American Cancer Society nationally made the decision to discontinue the J & B program. When J & B ended, UConn Greeks decided to get involved with dance marathons. UConn Greeks then approached Children’s Miracle Network who identified Connecticut Children’s Medical Center as the local Children’s Miracle Network hospital. The Husky Midnight Marathon (now called HuskyTHON) was first introduced to the UConn campus in the fall of 1999. The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life continues to support HuskyTHON through advising and co-sponsorship.
Over the years, HuskyTHON has raised over $3 Million for CMN & Connecticut Children’s!