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Dance Marathon raises about $446,160, up slightly from last year

By amanda schallert

April 19, 2015 1:50 p.m.

The Pediatric AIDS Coalition raised about $446,160 through this year’s Dance Marathon, a slight increase from last year’s fundraising total.

For the past five years, Dance Marathon participants have raised more than $400,000 each year, with the amounts peaking at $475,400 in 2013. Last year, the event raised $445,000 for charities that aim to fight pediatric AIDS.

This year saw a drop in participants, from 880 dancers last year to about 700. The Dance Marathon committee raised the fundraising goal for each dancer from $250 to $260 so dancers would raise at least $10 per hour. Katie Shannon, director of design for the Pediatric AIDS Coalition and a UCLA alumna, said it takes about $20 to provide medication to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV for one person.

Compiled by Amanda Schallert, Bruin senior staff. Contributing reports by Shreya Maskara, Bruin reporter.

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