What is OwlThon?

OwlThon is the movement sweeping the campus at Florida Atlantic University. We raise funds and awareness year-round for our local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital. We come together as Owls to support all of the kids being treated at Shands. We are more than a movement, we are a family. We are part of the Miracle Network Dance Marathon family of over 400 college and high school programs standing and raising money for their local CMN Hospital. If you are looking to be a miracle maker and to become a part of something that is better than yourself, OwlThon is the place for you! Join the movement, join our family.

How do I sign up?

To sign up for OwlThon, visit here. You will be asked to sign up as a dancer or a fundraiser and whether you would like to create a team or join an existing one. The difference between a dancer and a fundraiser is described below.

What is the difference between a dancer and a fundraiser?

A dancer is someone who will be attending the 13.1 hour event in Spring 2023. As a dancer, you must raise $110 before the event. During the event, you will be given an event t-shirt, food, and get to enjoy all the entertainment we have planned.

As a fundraiser, you will not be attending the event but still support OwlThon. You have your own donation link that you can send to friends and family to help raise awareness and money for the kids.

I signed up as a fundraiser, but now I want to dance. What do I do?

Make sure to purchase a dancer ticket when they are available. You must purchase a dancer ticket to be able to attend the event as a dancer if you originally signed up as a fundraiser.

I want to sponsor OwlThon. How can I do that?

OwlThon has many incredible partners that make our event possible. If you are interested in being one of those miracle makers, please direct any partnership inquiries to Colby Smith, our Finance Chair, at fauowlthonfinancechair@gmail.com

What if I want to be more involved than being a dancer or fundraiser?

OwlThon has many other ways to become more involved such as being a member of the executive board, a delegate, or a captain. Applications are currently closed for positions, but will reopen following OwlThon 2023. Follow our social media to find out when new applications are released.

What should I expect at OwlThon?

In short, OwlThon is a 13.1 hour event full of dancing, activities, food, and most importantly, miracles! You don’t have the dance the whole time as there are many other activities to keep you busy while you are standing. Some of these activities include, but are not limited to: basketball, a gaga pit, contests, and maybe even baby goats to play with!

Can I participate if I’m not in Greek life?

Definitely! We encourage anyone and everyone to join the movement and join our family. If you are interested in participating in OwlThon, please contact Valentina Santana, our Membership Chair, for more information at owlthonmembership@gmail.com

What is Children’s Miracle Network? What is a Miracle Child?

Children’s Miracle Network is an international non-profit network of hospitals that raises funds for children’s hospitals, medical research and community awareness of children’s health issues. A Miracle Child is one of the children who benefits from not only the efforts of Children’s Miracle Network, but from our efforts here at OwlThon as well. If you have any more questions about the things we have at OwlThon, learn the terminology of Dance Marathon here.

My question is not here. How can I ask it?

 For questions regarding the marathon, entertainment, hospitality, high school dance marathons, or operations, please contact the Marathon Director, Emily O’Neal, at owlthonmarathon@gmail.com

 For questions regarding involvement, creating a new team, alumni, morale, fundraising, or events, please contact the Dancer Relations Director, Elyse Herrman, at owlthondrdirector@gmail.com 

For all other questions or inquiries, please contact the Executive Director, Ivanna Bonilla, at owlthondirector@gmail.com