Sorority Chapters Raised Over $8.6 Million “For The Kids” at Local Children’s Hospitals

Throughout Miracle Network Dance Marathon’s 27-year history, and on each of the nearly 30o college and university campuses that host Dance Marathon events, sorority chapters have had an incredibly significant impact on local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals through their fundraising efforts.

In 2017, Miracle Network Dance Marathon programs collectively fundraised over $37.6 million for 111 local CMN Hospitals. From that total, 1,047 individual sorority chapters from the 26 National Panhellenic Conference member organizations collectively raised over $8.65 million* for the cause.

Keep reading below to see the organizations listed based on their collective Dance Marathon fundraising efforts from 2017!

*(Note: this total, and the organizational fundraising totals listed below, only include the team fundraising totals for chapters that registered their organization as a team for their campuses’ Dance Marathon events. If individual members registered on other teams, such as the Dance Marathon executive board/committee team or another organization, their individual fundraising is not included in this number. As many Dance Marathon executive boards and committees are often comprised of a number of fraternity and sorority members and those students tend to be some of the highest individual fundraisers, we would expect the organizational totals to be significantly higher if those members’ fundraising were able to be included.) 

To see how inter/national men’s fraternity organizations are involved in Dance Marathon, click HERE.

1. Phi Mu

Photo: University of South Carolina Phi Mu

Phi Mu has been a national partner with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals since 1984, raising over $16 million through their philanthropic activities. So it is no surprise that chapters have been actively involved in their campuses’ Dance Marathon programs.

In 2017, Phi Mu teams at 66 different campuses collectively raised $1,026,171 through Dance Marathon!

Their chapter at the University of Georgia was the highest fundraising chapter, raising over $187,900 for UGA Miracle at their event in February 2017. The Phi Mu chapters at Florida State University ($76,301), the University of South Carolina ($55,574), the University of Alabama ($53,370) and Kennesaw State University ($52,370) rounded out the top 5 fundraising chapters from 2017, each making an incredible impact toward their local hospitals.

Photo: Phi Mu Fraternity

Many Phi Mu chapters have also been responsible for starting new Miracle Network Dance Marathon events on their campuses and have been instrumental to the program’s success. This year, Phi Mu chapters at the following campuses were responsible for fundraising more than 50% of their campus’s overall fundraising total: James Madison University, Christopher Newport University, Nicholls State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, University of California-Merced, University of Washington, Tulane University, California State University-Stanislaus, and Jacksonville State University.

2. Delta Gamma

Photo: Delta Gamma at the University of Florida

This past year, 52 Delta Gamma chapters participated in Miracle Network Dance Marathon programs, collectively raising $568,761 for local CMN Hospitals.

The Delta Gamma team at the University of Florida was the highest fundraising individual fraternity or sorority team in the nation, raising $198,375 for UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital in Gainesville, FL.

The remainder of the top five fundraising Delta Gamma teams include: University of Connecticut ($57,322), Florida State University ($54,359), University of Georgia ($31,908) and University of Oklahoma ($28,707).

The chapter at the University of North Texas was the highest fundraising Delta Gamma team by percentage, raising 13% of their campus’s overall total.

3. Kappa Delta

Kappa Delta at the University of Maryland (Photo: TerpThon)

In 2017, 58 Kappa Delta chapters fundraised for Dance Marathons, raising a total of $537,188.

Kappa Delta has had a connection to children’s hospitals since it’s early years as an organization. The founding chapter of Kappa Delta was established in 1897 at State Female Normal School (now Longwood University) in Farmville, Virginia and, in 1921, the women established a philanthropic relationship with Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, making it their first national philanthropy.

This past year, the Kappa Delta team at the University of Florida fundraised over $125,000 for their local children’s hospital–UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital. Women at the University of Georgia ($66,583), Florida State University ($53,517), University of Central Florida ($34,529) and Vanderbilt University ($18,807) helped their chapters become part of the top 5 fundraising Kappa Delta teams.

Equally as impressive, the chapter at Illinois Wesleyan University raised 25% of their campus’s overall Dance Marathon total.

4. Alpha Chi Omega

Photo: Alpha Chi Omega at California State University, Fullerton

60 chapters of Alpha Chi Omega supported Dance Marathon, raising $508,685 in 2017.

The top five fundraising Alpha Chi Omega teams include: University of Florida ($102,671), Florida State University ($45,076), University of Iowa ($31,319), University of Georgia ($29,690), and University of Connecticut ($28,534)

The chapter at Stetson University was the highest fundraising Alpha Chi Omega team by percentage, raising 18% of their campus’s overall total. The chapters at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and Marquette University also made significant impacts in their campuses’ fundraising efforts, raising 12% and 11% respectively.

5. Kappa Alpha Theta

Photo: University of Connecticut Kappa Alpha Theta

Proving themselves as “leading women,” members in 55 chapters of Kappa Alpha Theta participated in Dance Marathon in 2017, raising a collective $493,143 for their local children’s hospitals.

The team of women at the University of Connecticut was the highest fundraising Kappa Alpha Theta team, raising $58,604 for Connecticut Children’s Hospital. The teams at the University of Florida ($54,699), University of Iowa ($51,472), Vanderbilt University ($49,932), and Florida State University ($30,422) made up the rest of the top five fundraising Theta teams.

The chapter at Vanderbilt was also the highest fundraising Kappa Alpha Theta team by percentage, raising an incredible 18% of their campus’s overall fundraising total. The Thetas at Stetson University (17%) and College of Charleston (10%) also made significant contributions to their campuses’ fundraising.

6. Chi Omega

Photo: Chi Omega at Auburn University

Chi Omega had 64 different chapters participating in Dance Marathon programs last year, making them the second most involved Greek organization in the nation (just behind Phi Mu), raising a collective $479,539.

The top five fundraising Chi Omega teams include: University of Florida ($107,301), University of Iowa ($58,135), Florida State University ($37,617), Florida State University ($37,617), Indiana University ($28,599), and Purdue University ($15,730)

The Chi Omega chapter at the University of Iowa also had 17 sisters run in the Chicago Marathon last fall to help them fundraise for their campus’s Dance Marathon.

The women at New Mexico State University were the highest fundraising Chi Omega team by percentage, raising 21% of their campus’s overall fundraising total, followed by Coastal Carolina University (20%) and University of South Alabama (13%), which hosted its first Dance Marathon in 2017.

7. Pi Beta Phi

Photo: Pi Beta Phi at Texas Christian University

A total of 56 chapters of Pi Beta Phi participated in Dance Marathons this past year, raising $461,090 for their local CMN Hospitals.

After raising $59,653, the team at the University of Florida was the highest fundraising Pi Beta Phi team, followed by University of Georgia ($38,043), University of Central Florida ($32,690), Indiana University ($29,142) and Florida State University ($26,508).

The chapter at Texas Christian University was the highest fundraising Pi Beta Phi team by percentage, raising 15% of their campus’s overall fundraising total, followed closely by the Pi Beta Phi teams at Valparaiso University (11%) and University of South Dakota (10%).

8. Alpha Omicron Pi

Alpha Omicron Pi at Georgia College Miracle’s Dance Marathon (Photo: Georgia College Miracle)

With 45 chapters participating, Alpha Omicron Pi members raised $451,678 for local CMN Hospitals through Dance Marathon in 2017.

The University of Florida chapter was the highest fundraising Alpha Omicron Pi chapter, raising just over $60,000, followed by Florida State University ($50,702), Auburn University ($48,741), University of Georgia ($48,029) and University of Maryland ($36,976).

In terms of the highest fundraising chapters by percentage raised, the women at Texas Christian University led the way, raising 14% of their campus’s overall fundraising total, followed by the team at the University of Mississippi, which raised 12% of RebelTHON’s overall total.

9. Gamma Phi Beta

Photo: Gamma Phi Beta at University of Northern Iowa

Gamma Phi Betas from 45 different chapters across the country came together to raise $427,498 through Dance Marathon events last year.

The women at Florida State University raised $63,325, making them the highest fundraising Gamma Phi Beta team. University of Florida ($44,151), University of Alabama ($25,233), University of Connecticut ($23,139) and University of Georgia ($22,989) rounded out the top five fundraising Gamma Phi Beta teams.

The team at Loyola University New Orleans were the highest fundraising Gamma Phi Beta team by percentage, raising 21% of their campus’s overall fundraising total, followed by Valparaiso University (17%) and California State University, Fullerton (15%).

10. Alpha Delta Pi

Photo: Alpha Delta Pi at Florida Atlantic University

As a national philanthropy partner with the Ronald McDonald House, the women of Alpha Delta Pi certainly understand the needs of local children’s hospitals and the children and families being treated at them. It’s no surprise that 61 different chapters also made efforts so support CMN Hospitals through Dance Marathon, raising a collective total of $422,646 in 2017.

The Alpha Delta Pi team at the University of Florida was the highest fundraising team in their organization, raising $67,971 for their local hospital. The remainder of the top five fundraising Alpha Delta Pi teams include: University of Georgia ($51,994), University of Iowa ($35,886), Florida Atlantic University ($22,114), and Florida State University ($19,305).

Alpha Delta Pi women led the way in a number of Dance Marathon programs this past year, with several chapters raising significant percentages of their campuses’ overall fundraising totals, including University of West Florida (18%), Augusta University (17%), Coastal Carolina University (15%), Middle Tennessee State University (11%) and University of Kansas (10%).

11. Delta Zeta

Total Raised in 2017: $372,298

Number of Chapters Fundraising: 42

Top 5 Fundraising Chapters: University of Florida ($48,093), Florida State University ($41,913), University of Central Florida ($41,011), University of Georgia ($32,667), Indiana University ($29,691)

Top Chapters by % of Campus’s Overall Total Raised: Northeastern State University (20%), University of Texas at Dallas (9%), University of Central Oklahoma (8%)

12. Delta Delta Delta

Total Raised in 2017: $354,936

Number of Chapters Fundraising: 46

Top 5 Fundraising Chapters: University of Florida ($77,999), University of Georgia ($45,724), Auburn University ($39,279), Florida State University ($24,063), University of Pittsburgh ($18,185)

Top Chapters by % of Campus’s Overall Total Raised: Wofford College (23%), University of Oregon (8%), Towson University (8%)

13. Kappa Kappa Gamma

Total Raised in 2017: $323,525

Number of Chapters Fundraising: 50

Top 5 Fundraising Chapters: Florida State University ($60,765), University of Florida ($53,711), Indiana University ($38,808), University of South Carolina ($18,811), Vanderbilt University ($18,351)

Top Chapters by % of Campus’s Overall Total Raised: Valparaiso University (13%), Creighton University (8%), Cornell University (8%)

Photo: Kappa Kappa Gamma at Florida State University

14. Alpha Phi

Total Raised in 2017: $302,877

Number of Chapters Fundraising: 47

Top 5 Fundraising Chapters: Florida State University ($49,740), Indiana University ($38,207), University of Connecticut ($30,143), University of Oklahoma ($21,942), University of Northern Iowa ($15,953)

Top Chapters by % of Campus’s Overall Total Raised: Loyola Marymount University (85%), University of Southern California (28%), Marquette University (15%), Northern Illinois University (14%)

15. Zeta Tau Alpha

Total Raised in 2017: $262,499

Number of Chapters Fundraising: 45

Top 5 Fundraising Chapters: University of Florida ($60,662), Florida State University ($28,792), University of Georgia ($25,851), University of Maryland ($23,029), Purdue University ($15,230)

Top Chapters by % of Campus’s Overall Total Raised: University of Nebraska-Omaha (6%), Miami University (5%), Stetson University (5%)

16. Alpha Xi Delta

Total Raised in 2017: $257,274

Number of Chapters Fundraising: 39

Top 5 Fundraising Chapters: University of Central Florida ($39,515), University of Iowa ($35,167), Florida Atlantic University ($18,668), Purdue University ($17,949), Elon University ($14,545)

Top Chapters by % of Campus’s Overall Total Raised: University of Central Oklahoma (15%), University of New Hampshire (14%), Coastal Carolina University (11%)

Photo: Alpha Xi Delta at University of Central Florida

17. Delta Phi Epsilon

Total Raised in 2017: $254,821

Number of Chapters Fundraising: 26

Top 5 Fundraising Chapters: University of Florida ($87,615), Florida Atlantic University ($22,473), University of Michigan ($21,630), University of Georgia ($17,245), University of Pittsburgh ($16,299)

Top Chapters by % of Campus’s Overall Total Raised: Kean University (17%), Binghamton University (11%), Southern Illinois University, Carbondale (11%)

18. Alpha Epsilon Phi

Total Raised in 2017: $249,580

Number of Chapters Fundraising: 22

Top 5 Fundraising Chapters: University of Florida ($67,971), University of Central Florida ($49,268), University of Maryland ($35,398), Indiana University ($27,772), University of Connecticut ($21,662)

Top Chapters by % of Campus’s Overall Total Raised: B0ston University (18%), Washington University in St. Louis (5%), Rowan University (5%)

19. Sigma Kappa

Total Raised in 2017: $241,834

Number of Chapters Fundraising: 42

Top 5 Fundraising Chapters: University of Florida ($53,158), University of Georgia ($47,764), University of Maryland ($17,373), University of Michigan ($14,927), Indiana University ($14,122)

Top Chapters by % of Campus’s Overall Total Raised: Arizona State University (16%), Coastal Carolina University (8%), University of Nebraska-Omaha (8%)

20. Alpha Gamma Delta

Total Raised in 2017: $239,895

Number of Chapters Fundraising: 33

Top 5 Fundraising Chapters: University of Georgia ($57,735), Florida State University ($32,333), Purdue University ($29,481), University of South Carolina ($17,637), University of Oklahoma ($14,051)

Top Chapters by % of Campus’s Overall Total Raised: Southern Illinois University, Carbondale (22%), Illinois Wesleyan University (7%), Carroll University (7%)

Photo: Alpha Gamma Delta at University of Georgia

21. Sigma Delta Tau

Total Raised in 2017: $168,404

Number of Chapters Fundraising: 20

Top 5 Fundraising Chapters: Florida State University ($63,734), University of Maryland ($47,718), Indiana University ($16,084), University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign ($6,953), University of Georgia ($6,518)

Top Chapters by % of Campus’s Overall Total Raised: Boston University (20%), Montclair State University (10%), University of Maryland (4%)

22. Phi Sigma Sigma

Total Raised in 2017: $79,906

Number of Chapters Fundraising: 20

Top 5 Fundraising Chapters: University of Maryland ($20,927), George Washington University ($10,278), Quinnipiac University ($8,103), Western Illinois University ($8,009), University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign ($7,436)

Top Chapters by % of Campus’s Overall Total Raised: University of Illinois, Chicago (16%), Binghamton University (11%), University of Findlay (8%)

23. Theta Phi Alpha

Total Raised in 2017: $58,322

Number of Chapters Fundraising: 13

Top 5 Fundraising Chapters: Florida Atlantic University ($29,949), University of Pittsburgh ($12,660), Indiana University ($10,468), Creighton University ($4,792), Kean University ($2,500)

Top Chapters by % of Campus’s Overall Total Raised: Florida Atlantic University (9%), Creighton University (7%), Texas A&M University, Kingsville (6%)

Photo: Theta Phi Alpha at Indiana University

24. Sigma Sigma Sigma

Total Raised in 2017: $55,768

Number of Chapters Fundraising: 17

Top 5 Fundraising Chapters: University of Pittsburgh ($15,055), Elon University ($12,321), University of Missouri ($9,816), Western Illinois University ($5,056), University of Massachusetts Amherst ($3,374)

Top Chapters by % of Campus’s Overall Total Raised: Northeastern State University (17%), Lynchburg College (8%), Northern Illinois University (8%)

25. Alpha Sigma Alpha

Total Raised in 2017: $27,448

Number of Chapters Fundraising: 15

Top 5 Fundraising Chapters: Indiana University ($7,633), Boise State University ($7,170), Rowan University ($2,190), Western Illinois University ($1,965), DePaul University ($1,684)

Top Chapters by % of Campus’s Overall Total Raised: Ramapo College (10%), Pittsburg State University (9%), Texas A&M University, Kingsville (5%)

26. Alpha Sigma Tau

Total Raised in 2017: $26,685

Number of Chapters Fundraising: 8

Top 5 Fundraising Chapters: University of Illinois, Chicago ($10,506), University of Northern Iowa ($5,150), Rowan University ($2,737), Western Illinois University ($2,508), James Madison University ($2,340)

Top Chapters by % of Campus’s Overall Total Raised: University of Illinois, Chicago (27%), Winona State University (7%), Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville (5%)

 


 

Miracle Network Dance Marathon is an international movement, involving students at over 400 colleges, universities, and K-12 schools across North America that fundraise for their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Since its inception in 1991, Miracle Network Dance Marathon has raised more than $217 million–ensuring that no child or family fights pediatric illness or injury alone.

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