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Knight-Thon is bringing the spirit of Giving Tuesday to UCF for G1VE TODAY 20K, a day when dance marathon participants are encouraged to raise $100 each in 24 hours.

From 8 a.m. Tuesday to 8 a.m. Wednesday, students who are registered to be dancers for Knight-Thon are being challenged to meet the 24-hour goal of $20,000 for UCF's official philanthropy.

Knight-Thon currently has more than 2,300 dancers who are raising funds to benefit the Greater Orlando Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

On Tuesday, campus will be filled with students armed with yellow Knight-Thon buckets ready to raise money "For The Kids."

“I’m excited to see our campus come together and really make an impact in just 24 hours," said Kirstin Leineke, Knight-Thon communications manager. "Just the fact that it’s Giving Tuesday is an even better reason to give and just make this impact in the community and for kids in the Children’s Miracle Hospitals as well.”

Fundraising efforts include games and activities in the Student Union Atrium from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Student Union Patio from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., in Student Union room 222 from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and outside the Recreation and Wellness Center and Classroom Building 1 during various times throughout the day.

In the Union, students will be invited to donate $1 to sign a paper Miracle balloon and place it on the Knight-Thon banner to show they're FTK.

Registered dancers can guess how much money Knight-Thon will raise in a certain amount of time and place their guess in a jar. Each guess is $1, and whoever submits the correct amount for their guess wins the sum of the funds to go into their personal Knight-Thon donor drive.

“[The guessing game is] a really huge opportunity for someone to raise a lot of money because we’re thinking that a lot of people are going to want to participate in that, said Leineke, a senior pre-clinical health sciences major.

Knight-Thon held this $100-day dare last year, but since it was over winter break, fundraising was strictly online.

Leineke said the new in-person, campus-wide approach should engage the community more.

"Hopefully we’re not only trying to raise this money, but also spread awareness for the cause as well,” she said.

Expanding the cause around and off campus, local business will have donation buckets displayed on Tuesday for people to donate. The locations include: HenriGirl, Bar Louie, Z Baked, Burger 21, Five Guys, Burger Fi and Pop Parlour.

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Paige Wilson is a Digital Producer for the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter at @ByPaigeWilson or email her at PaigeW@CentralFloridaFuture.com.

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