Year 1: Founded in 2012 by Arjun Arya, Sumana Verdhan, and Riti Chokshi. Dance Marathon at UIC set out to create a community on campus to raise awareness and raise money for the Children's Miracle Network. They raised an impressive $16,728 leading up to/during their first ever Dance Marathon event. This first year set the tone of excitement and dedication for years to come.
Year 2: In 2014 Dance Marathon at UIC exceeded their previous year's fundraising by $5,000. This was an incredible second year and could not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of all of the Directors and Dancers involved with making DM run smoothly.
Year 3: In 2015 DM set out to fundraise for a third year in a row. Even though this was the smallest DM to date, we still raised an impressive $14,302 for the Children at Ann & Robert Lurie's Children's Hospital. We were so thankful for the Directors and Dancers who participated in our DM event. We would not be able to make an impact For the Kids without them!
Year 4: In 2016 we re-branded + changed our name from UIC Dance Marathon to SparkTHON! We raised an all time high of $26,170.45. We would not of been able to make this possible without the leadership of our Co-Presidents Nandish Desai and Blake Stermer. We are so thankful for all the time + energy that they dedicated to SparkTHON. Not to forget all of the Directors + Dancers who dedicated their time to make this event such a success.
Year 5: In 2017 SparkTHON did the unthinkable, we raised $12,000+ more than the year before. This would not have been possible without the brilliant leadership of Blake Stermer and the entire SparkTHON board. We are so thankful to our sponsors and benefactors. We can't wait to continue to grow next year.