Ohio University students dancing to support RMHC of Central Ohio
BobcaThon is an annual fundraiser at Ohio University that benefits the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio. Its mission, in conjunction with RMHC, is to unite the OU community in a tradition that raises funds and awareness for children with serious illnesses and their families.
Founded in 2014, BobcaThon is a campus-wide cause. Since its inception, more than 1,000 Ohio University students, faculty, and alumni from 20+ on-campus organizations have participated in the Dance Marathon and helped raise over $500,000 for the Ronald McDonald House of Central Ohio.
BobcaThon provides mutually beneficial experiences to both Ohio University and RMHC of Central Ohio.
Ohio University Benefits – On campus, it was a way for students to be involved in campus life, network with other students and alumni, and find a sense of community.
Ohio University Student Benefits – For the students, it provided an opportunity to learn about philanthropy, serve in leadership roles, and gain real life skills in areas such as marketing, finance, and project management. When the dance marathon itself finally came around, students had an opportunity to celebrate their achievements and make memories together.
RMHC Benefits – Funds raised make a huge impact for RMHC families. Some past RMHC families even attended the event to celebrate with the students and share what the giving means to them. Since its first event in 2015, BobcaThon raised over $500,000—a truly vital and appreciated gift to the organization. Their support has helped provide over 5,000 nights of rests for families utilizing the House.