Some 2,500 University of Delaware students, faculty and members of the community turned out for Sunday's UDance event, raising over a half-million dollars to help fight childhood cancer.

UDance is a 12-hour dance marathon that unifies the campus community in the fight against pediatric cancer. All the money raised benefits the Andrew McDonough B+ (for "be positive") Foundation.

The B+ Foundation, named for a Salesianum student who died from leukemia in 2007, supports medical research for critically ill children across the country.

Dozens of university organizations, from sororities and fraternities to sports teams and clubs raised a total of $551,051.61 this year, according to spokeswoman Julia Denhoff, a sophomore sociology major.

"That's the most that's ever been raised," she said.

The group that raised the most this year was Alpha Epsilon Phi sorority, with a total of $51,251, she said.

Sunday's event, held at the Delaware Fieldhouse, was the seventh annual UDance.

Entertainers included singers, dancers and DJs such as Dosage (Thomas Harker), who is the son of UD President Patrick Harker.

Dosage kicked out some ill beats in his hour-long set and kept the large crowd writhing and swaying.

The event ran from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

"We had lots who stayed for the whole thing," Denhoff said.

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