The charity selected this year is I Grow Chicago, whose mission is to grow Englewood from surviving to thriving through community connection, skill building, and opportunity. I Grow Chicago supports individuals turning their lives around with everything from financial support to workforce training. They're addresssing the trauma, skill deficits, and supplies needed to champion individuals and change the community.
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.