“A bright orange mo-hawk. That is how HootaThon began.”
In 2012, our founder, Gaelen McCartney, saw firsthand the impact Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH) had on the lives of kids and their families. His older sister was a part of The Ohio State University’s BuckeyeThon and she had made a connection with a child whose first haircut post-chemotherapy treatment was a bright orange mo-hawk. From seeing the difference CMNH made on this child, and many others’ lives, he knew he wanted to bring that to Temple University. Within 6 weeks of him sharing this idea with other students and Temple, HootaThon was born.
In 2013, our first year dancing, HootaThon raised over $60,000 for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), our local CMNH. At the time, it was the highest fundraising CMNH Dance Marathon on the east coast. In 2014, that number nearly doubled when HootaThon raised over $119,000, and in 2015 we set a goal for ourselves to raise $215,000 and ended up raising over $280,000.
2019 Executive Team
Senior Director, operations
Senior Director, External Affairs
Bridie Anne M.
Senior Director, Finance
Director of Events
Director of Hospitality
Director of Dance Marathon operations
Director of Morale
Director of Campus Engagement
Director of Membership
Director of Student organization outreach
Director of stewardship
Director of fiscal operations
Director of Production
Director of Corporate Partnership
Director of chop relations
Director of High school dance marathons