Chicago, Illinois – (The Hosting News) – March 3, 2006 – Web hosting provider, Hostway, has offered its assist to Dance Marathon, in its philanthropic fund raising efforts. Dance Marathon is currently in its 32nd year at Northwestern University – and is one of the world’s largest student-run philanthropies.
According to Dance Marathon, to reach their 2006 goal of exceeding their previous year’s fund raising total of $625,000, they wanted to expand their online capabilities. Hostway, a leading provider of web hosting and managed services, was eager to help the Chicago-area group in their philanthropic fund raising efforts by providing them free web hosting to support the official DM Web site.
John Lee, VP of Global Marketing and General Manager for Hostway commented on the fundraising effort, ”Hostway is always eager to find opportunities to give back to the community and Dance Marathon’s success and commitment to its beneficiaries is extremely impressive to us. We feel like the lucky ones being asked to be involved with this event.”
Hostway was referred to the Dance Marathon executive board as a reliable hosting provider by the professional Web site developer that offered to create their site. Hostway currently hosts the web developer’s company site and looking at Hostway’s past dedication of providing free web hosting to various organizations such as Recruiters for Katrina and Baylie for Brains, he saw Hostway as a perfect fit to support this philanthropic organization.
David Kim, Dance Marathon Executive Board Member added, ”We solicited Hostway’s services because they were a local company proven for reliability. Our old server would crash and Dance Marathon would lose money because people could not donate online. We’re incredibly happy with the service we’ve received this year.”
DM now includes 600 dancers, each couple raising at least $750 for the honor of dancing, and thousands of student volunteers. Since its inaugural year, DM has raised over $6.5 million for various charities. During the 30 hours on the weekend of March 3rd, over 15,000 spectators are expected to visit the Norris University Student Center where the Dance Marathon takes place to support the dancers and to take part in events such as a kid’s carnival and a 5k run.
To learn more about DM events, please visit: www.nudm.org.
For further information about Hostway, please visit: www.hostway.com.