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Coming together for a good cause, Rutgers Residence Life helped host the first-ever Rutgers University Dance Marathon (RUDM) Auction and Tag Sale on Monday, Feb. 20.

The largest student-run philanthropic event in New Jersey, RUDM’s mission is to provide emotional and financial support for children who are a part of the Embrace Kids Foundation. RUDM participants dance to help raise funds and awareness that goes towards the organization’s mission to support the non-medical needs of children with cancer, sickle cell, and other serious disorders.

A successful partnership between Residence Life, RUDM, and Livingston Plaza’s Rutgers Cinema, the auction and tag sale raised $1,910.50 towards dancer registrations and the Dance Marathon general fund.

“When the idea of supporting Dance Marathon came up, our committee began to brainstorm ways to get our students excited about registering [as a dancer],” said Sabrina LoBue, co-chair of residence’s life’s Community Initiatives Committee and a residence life coordinator on College Avenue Campus. “When meeting with Carey [Loch], the advisor to RUDM, and Danielle [Raabe], Director of Dancer Relations, we came up with the idea of raffling off the night’s proceeds to help our students reach their goals.”

All members of the Rutgers community can participate as dancers, including undergraduate and graduate students, staff, and alumni. In order to participate in one 12-hour session of the marathon, dancers commit themselves to raising $350. At the end of the RUDM Auction and Tag Sale, raffle tickets were pulled allowing 10 registered dancers to put $100 towards their goal. The remainder of the proceeds went to the marathon’s general fund.

Led by auctioneers, James Forrester, a graduate intern for residence life, and Meghan Corr, RUDM’s assistant director of dancer relations, attendees were able to bid on items such as: Rutgers football tickets with admission into the Audi Club, stay at the Heldrich Hotel in downtown New Brunswick, a free month-long crossfit membership, an autographed Sheryl Crow photo, and New Jersey Devils tickets.

For more information about Rutgers University Dance Marathon, please visit the organization’s website.