SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) — For the past five years, Syracuse University hosts the annual OttoTHON, a 12-hour dance marathon dedicated to helping children at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. Each year, the event continues to grow but this year the committee hopes to make big strides in fundraising.
Executive Committee Chair, Daniel Wood shared with me that their fundraising goal for this season is $225,000, the highest goal they have ever had.
While the OttoTHON event is not unique to Syracuse, the name is. Across the country, many schools host events much like OttoTHON, to raise money for many different causes.
The dance marathon event began in 1972 at Penn State, now called THON, and has continued to grow as the years continue. These dance marathons can also be found and a few high schools across the country.
While the dance marathon has been active at Syracuse University, the committee has managed to raise over a quarter of a million dollars, all of which benefit Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital.
OttoTHON 2019 is set to kick off Saturday, November 9th. You can find more information regarding OttoTHON here.