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February 12, 2017

Temple students raise $400K to benefit CHOP during dance marathon

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Stock_Carroll -  Temple University Campus Liacouras Walk Thom Carroll/PhillyVoice

Students walk along Temple University's Liacouras Walk.

Throngs of Temple University students showed off their best dance moves this weekend to benefit a worthy cause.

HootaThon, the school's annual fundraising drive, raised $404,074.85 Saturday for the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia during a 12-hour dance-off inside the Liacouras Center.

The event marked the end of a year-long effort to raise awareness and funds for CHOP. The organization had set a goal of $400,000 this year.

In addition to music and dancing, HootaThon featured various activities, games, performances and speakers to solicit donations. Families who have been affected by pediatric diseases also addressed the dancers throughout the day.

In 2016, Penn State's THON raises $9.7 million to fight childhood cancer

Nearly 1,000 students participated in the event that lasted from noon until midnight, according to CBS3.

Temple's effort is part of the Miracle Network Dance Marathon, which was found in 1991 and has since raised more than $135 million across North America.