After 12 years and nearly $2 million in fundraising for Virginia nonprofits, the Deep Run Marathon Dance will spin, hop, and shimmy to a close March 16th through the 17th.
The Henrico County high school’s annual event has raised a total of $1,973,000 for a variety of charities since its 2007 inception, and hopes to top the $2 million mark with its concluding effort. More than 6,000 Deep Run students have participated in the dance over the years.
Kathleen Kern, the Deep Run teacher who launched the event and has spent considerable time running it with her husband David, will hang up her dancing shoes this year. She said that the event’s long run is a testament to the community’s support.
“The event wouldn’t have been possible without the businesses, volunteers, donors and other ardent supporters who never waiver when I call repeatedly with requests,” said Kern. “So many local businesses share the same values of charitable giving that we advocate for the dance. The resources they have provided over the years have enabled this event to succeed for 12 years.”
Around 600 participating students will check in on the evening of Friday, March 16 and dance for pledges, leaving 27 hours later. The participants will take breaks and have the option to sleep for two hours. The proceeds from the event will go to 13 area nonprofits.
The dance will contain some nods to the inaugural event, including an attempt to replicate 2007’s “neon rave.” The Deep Run dance ranks second nationally in fundraising among such events. For more information about the dance and this year’s recipients, go to the event website here.
Because the number of participants has grown in recent years, only registered dancers are permitted on the dance floor. Interested members of the public can donate until March 31st by sending a check to Deep Run HS, 4801 Twin Hickory Road, Glen Allen, Virginia 23059, Attn: Kathleen Kern, DRMD Director. Checks should be made payable to “DRHS.” Checks will also be accepted at the event.
The final Deep Run Marathon Dance will be held March 16th through the 17th at Deep Run High School. Opening ceremonies begin Friday, March 16th at 7:00 PM. The Saturday finale starts at 7:30 PM.
Deep Run High School is located at 4801 Twin Hickory Road in Glen Allen.