Wake 'N Shake has been Wake Forest's top charity event for the past decade
1,450 dancers, $334,337.64 raised
On March 18th, 2017, the 12th annual Wake ‘N Shake dance marathon took place at Wake Forest University. Over 1,400 students fought the good fight against cancer by dancing from noon till midnight. The dance floor moved from its traditional spot in the Reynolds main gym, to the upper gym in the brand new Sutton Center (located adjacent to Reynolds). This created a more compact environment that allowed for increased energy on the dancefloor! The event included kickboxing, a fantastic live band, a magician, Red Bull and radio hours, and a 3-point shooting contest involving the Men’s basketball team (each shot made resulted in a donation of $100!). The students were divided into eight “Grammy” themed teams, ranging from Beyonce to The Beatles. We were blessed to hear from eight different champions who shared their moving and courageous stories throughout the day. They all discussed their difficult fight against cancer, as well as highlighted the hope they had that a cure will one day be in sight. The number revealed at the end of twelve hours was $334,337.64, however, additional donations brought the total raised to over $360,000!
1,400 dancers, $284,418 raised
March 19, 2016 marked the 11th year of Wake ‘N Shake, where 1,400 students danced from noon to midnight to fight cancer. This was the first year the marathon extended into the Sutton Center, which allowed for activities such as basketball and inflatable jousting. It also allowed for a new place to register dancers and serve food due to the construction taking place in Reynolds Gym. The main gymnasium continued to house music ranging from student rappers to a rave hour in addition to other entertaining activities, including yoga and a performance from Deacon Dhamaal. Students were divided into 8 Pixar-themed teams and listened to powerful and emotional speeches from our 8 “Team Champions” throughout the day. The speeches not only focused on the hardships of fighting cancer, but also how there is hope for a cure. The day of fundraising total was $284,418.54!
Over 1,300 dancers, $200,040 raised
On March 21, 2015 from noon to midnight, over 1,300 students were on their feet dancing and taking a stand against cancer. It was Wake ‘N Shake’s 10th Anniversary, and the event was a huge celebration of how much Wake ‘N Shake has grown over the past 10 years. The gym looked a little different than in years past. The lights were off and the stage ran along a different wall, but the same excitement, energy, and love for Wake ‘N Shake remained present throughout the entire 12-hours. During the day and night, students listened to inspiring speeches from each of the ten “Team Champions,” and at the end of the night, heard a moving testimonial from cancer survivor and Wake Forest senior, David Edwards. In between speakers, students danced with Zumba and Body Combat instructors, learned the tango and how to swing dance, and danced with glowsticks during the “Rave Hour.” Finally, at the end of the night, students celebrated with the day’s fundraising total of $164,157!
1,350 dancers, $182,056 raised
The ninth annual Wake ‘N Shake was held on March 22, 2014. In total, 1,350 dancers came together to raise over $182,056.00 for the Brian Piccolo Cancer Research Fund. Our theme was “Superheroes” and dancers were divided into one of six teams: Batman, Captain America, the Flash, Green Lantern, Ironman, and Spiderman.
1,300 dancers, $125,722 raised
The eighth annual Wake ‘N Shake was held on March 23, 2013. It was a great success, a special motivation, and a wonderful memory for many students. Over 1,300 students participated throughout the day, and there were nearly 400 students on their feet for 12 hours. The dancing, game playing, group singing, team competitions, cancer survivor testimonies, pep talks from Coach Grobe and Provost Kersh and much more kept us going strong until 12 midnight. The closing ceremony was a fun and powerful experience for all who stayed until the end. And one of the many miracles from Wake ‘N Shake was that over $125,700 was raised for the Brian Piccolo Cancer Fund to find a cure for this terrible disease. In total, 1,302 dancers participated and the event raised $146,419.55. The theme was “NFL” and our dancers were divided into six teams: Baltimore Ravens, Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, and Washington Redskins.
1,050 dancers, $110,000 raised
The seventh annual Wake ‘N Shake was held on March 24, 2012. In total, over 1,050 dancers participated and the event raised $110,000. The theme was “Dr. Seuss” and our dancers were divided into six teams based on his most popular characters: Cat in the Hat, Horton, Grinch, Lorax, Sam I Am, and Sneetches.