Started in 2011 by members of the Penn State Los Angeles Chapter of the Alumni Association, the Hollywood Dance Marathon has grown exponentially year by year. Since 2011, the 6-hour-long mini dance marathon has raised nearly $200,000. Dancers can sign up at the marathon’s website, lightscameracure.com, and fundraise throughout the year. There’s a $30 registration fee and all dancers ae encouraged to raise a minimum of $300 in order to participate. These dancers get exclusive access, pictures of the ever-famous red carpet, free food, discounted bark drinks, and, of course, the coveted dancer t-shirt!
Gary Werkheiser, Executive Director, says, “Dancers are the heart of this event!” There is, however, something for everybody. From DJs, bands, and other artists like The Filharmonic and The Young Guns, to celebrity ambassadors like Jonathan Bennett (aka Aaron Samuels from Mean Girls) and Scott Michael Foster (of TV shows Greek and Chasing Life), there’s a ton to do for attendees who are not able to dance. This year’s host is Gary’s son, Devon Werkheiser (famous for his work on TV shows Ned’s Declassified and Greek), who also performed at THON 2015. Past celebrity attendees include Moby, Melissa Joan Heart, Drake Bell, and Laura Prepon (just to name a few!). There’s a silent auction with items like a book signed by Mindy Kaling, tickets to Jimmy Kimmel Live, a VIP Visit to FOX NFL Sunday, and more! Finally, the event includes “Family Time,” similar to THON’s Family Hour, which includes speeches from survivors, pediatric cancer doctors and other hospital staff.
To join in on the fun, from near or far, visit lightscameracure.com, check out their Facebook page, and follow along on Twitter. This year’s event will be held on March 21 from 1pm-7pm at the Avalon Theater. It’s not too late to sign up and become a dancer! If you can’t be there in person, you can also watch their livestream (links will be posted on Facebook, Twitter, and the LCC website).
Proceeds benefit both the Four Diamonds Fund and Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA.