By Ron Matz

TOWSON, Md. (WJZ)—They’ll be dancing up a storm at Towson University this weekend. It’s the annual event known as TigerTHON.

Ron Matz reports it’s all for a good cause.

They’ll be dancing for dollars at Towson University starting Friday night in a 12-hour dance marathon known as TigerTHON.

“The purpose is to raise money for sick and injured children at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go there,” said TigerTHON 2014 president Melanie Lutz.

All of these moves are for a good cause.

“It’s a really great event. All the money raised stays local in Baltimore to help our kids, our patients and families,” said Cynthia Palacz, Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. “Youth fundraising is huge. Who knew that college kids had the energy and passion to raise this money. I wish a program like this was around when I was in college.”

Some of the kids from the Children’s Center will be there, too.

“There’s dancing and other small fundraisers throughout the night to help boost our total. We also focus on the kids we raise money for. They come to the event. We talk to them and are able to get to know them a little better,” Lutz said.

Fifteen hundred people did their marathon magic last year, dancing for a difference.

“Our dancers come out for 12 hours and are willing to say ‘I can stand for the kids who can’t,’ and they dance for 12 hours to make a difference,” said Adam Leatherman, Towson University senior. “At the end you see how much your efforts have come together. It’s my favorite moment of the year, the absolute greatest emotion you’ll ever feel.”

The students and the community raised $80,000 last year. Students hope to raise $100,000 this year.

“So far we’re at about $50,000,” Lutz said.

TigerTHON begins Friday night at 6 p.m. This is the 11th year for the event at Towson. For more information on how you can donate to TigerTHON, click here.

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