Over 1,500 UCF students will take a 20-hour stand this Saturday for UCF’s 20th annual Knight-Thon. This year, students hope to raise $820,000 “for the kids,” money that will go to funds and awareness for the Greater Orlando Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Last year, Knight-Thon raised a total of $688,049.19 for Shands Children’s Hosptial and Arnold Palmer Medical Center, making it the seventh largest Miracle Network Dance Marathon in the nation, according to a press release.

“The success of Knight-Thon 2015 left our campus with a passion in their hearts and the desire to continue fighting for the kids,” said Knight-Thon’s Student Director, Nicole Ramirez. “Our stand this year will not only celebrate the efforts of those currently involved, but will also celebrate the efforts made by students in the first 19 years; the efforts that have shaped this program and made it the tradition and success it is today.”

This year’s event will begin at 2 p.m. on April 2, and last until noon on April 3. Students and members of the community are invited to attend during visiting hours at the CFE Arena. Visiting hours are as follows:

Opening Ceremony – 2 p.m.

Visiting Hour 1 – 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Visiting Hour 2 – 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Middle Ceremony – 12 a.m.

Visiting Hour 3 – 4 a.m. to 6 a.m.

Visiting Hour 4 – 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Closing Ceremony – 10 a.m.

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Rosie Reitze is a Digital Producer for the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter at @rosie_ucf or email her at

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