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USC Dance Marathon set for this weekend

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USC Dance Marathon will hold its 16th main event to raise money for Palmetto Health Children's Hospital Saturday.

The event will begin at 12 p.m. March 1, in the Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness Center.

Palmetto Health Children's Hospital is the only freestanding children's hospital in the state and treats more than 80,000 children each year.

As a student organization at USC, Dance Marathon has raised over $1 million since 1999, including $224,510 in 2013. More than 800 dancers and 120 volunteers will come together for this year's event.

All of the funds raised through Dance Marathon stay in the community for local kids.

"My favorite part about being a member of this organization is the selflessness we share as student leaders," said Overall Director Taylor Dietrich. "We are student leaders who dedicate day in and day out to simply make a difference in our newly found community for those less fortunate than ourselves."

The Carolina community and public are invited to a silent auction benefiting the hospital from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the event.

Closing ceremonies where the total amount raised is revealed will begin at 11 a.m. on Sunday and is also open to the public.

During the 24 hours, USC students learn several line dances, take part in games and contests and enjoy live entertainment from musicians and performance groups. Dancers will also have the chance to meet and hear stories from miracle children who have been treated at Palmetto Health Children's Hospital.

"We stand and serve today to give hope for a lifetime," Dietrich said. "USC Dance Marathon is a celebration of life while honoring the fight some have lost. We so no child will ever fight alone."

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