The charity selected this year is Curt's Cafe, which is based in Evanston; Curt's serves local young people ages 15 through 24 years who are living in at-risk situations and struggle with things including (but not limited to) contact with the judicial system, homelessness, food insecurity, or dropping out of school. By providing employment, education, counseling, job training, and teaching life skills (such as how to open a bank account and make major decisions),Curt's Cafe is able to make a lasting difference; the rate of re-incarceration of the Curt's program graduates is less than 80% below the national average.
District 219 (Niles North and Niles West) joined forces in 2003 to create its own Dance Marathon, a completely student run organization that helps a different charity each year. Through canning, bakes sales, and fundraisers members of DM help the charity by raising money all year long. At the end of the year, there is an 8-hour dance marathon to celebrate all of the hard work and the total amount from the year of fundraising is revealed.