Lights. Camera. Cure: The Hollywood Dance Marathon had its most successful year yet, raising $80,820.59 For The Kids. The total was announced last night after a six-hour dance marathon at the Avalon Theatre in the heart of Hollywood.
There was, of course, some Hollywood flavor that sets this dance marathon apart from THON. On top of the live entertainment from bands and DJs, there was a Red Carpet, VIP guests, and celebrity appearances, including Melissa Joan Hart (Sabrina the Teenage Witch), Taylor Spreitler (Melissa and Joey), Alyson Stoner (Step Up) Joe Mantegna (Criminal Minds), Kal Penn (We Are Men), Ian Harding (Pretty Little Liars), Daniel Curtis Lee (Zeke and Luther), Amy Paffrath (host of Hollywood Minute), Drew Seeley (Glory Days), Spencer Daniels (Mom), Lindsey Shaw (Pretty Little Liars), Mark Hapka (Days of Our Lives), Adam Sevani (Step Up), Spencer Locke (Resident Evil: Afterlife),Kenton Duty (Shake It Up), Sandra Mitchell (KCBS/KCAL), and former IFC President Dan Florencio. Oh and it was hosted by Devon Werkheiser of Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide.
The annual Hollywood dance marathon began as just an idea between a group of Los Angeles-based Penn State alumni who were looking for a way to support THON. Most of these alumni had participated in THON as students, so they decided to have a dance marathon on the west coast in January 2012.
In its first two years, Lights. Camera. Cure. raised $100,000 for the Four Diamonds Fund. This year, the organization added Children’s Hospital Los Angeles as a beneficiary, along with the Four Diamonds Fund.
From all of us at Onward State, we’d like to congratulate those who participated in Lights Camera Cure. You don’t need to be on the east coast to do awesome things for THON and the Four Diamonds Fund.