This past weekend, I had the pleasure of taking part in Rutgers University Dance Marathon, or RUDM, which is a massive fundraiser for the Embrace Kids Foundation. Student groups for teams, and choose do dance one of two 12-hour shifts. These shifts, the Scarlet Session and the Silver session, last from 6PM Friday to 6AM Saturday, and then From 9AM to 9PM, respectively. This was my first year doing RUDM, and the experience was truly life changing.
Organizations who participate in RUDM often sponsor a child in the Embrace Kids Foundation. They offer partnership and support to the children and their families throughout the year, and invite them to celebrate and dance during the marathon. The bonds between Rutgers students and these children are truly remarkable, and the atmosphere was overwhelmed with joy.
Fundraising for RUDM is a year-round effort. Dancers dedicate themselves the whole year. The entire marathon is student-run, meaning that there are hundreds of Rutgers students who work behind the scenes to make RUDM a reality. With help from local sponsors and cooperation with the Rutgers University administration, these students work tirelessly during both sessions to see RUDM come to fruition.
Perhaps the most rewarding moments of the entire marathon occurred during the final hours of the Silver Session. During this time, there was a dance party for the children and the dancers, and the final total was revealed. This year, over $900,000 was raised! Everyone’s hard work and dedication paid off.
If you would like to be involved in RUDM either as a dancer or a volunteer, look for information when you come to campus this fall! I promise you that Rutgers University Dance MArathon is an experience you will never forget, and you will forever be FTK (For The Kids)!
(Picture above taken by yours truly)