Frequently Asked Questions

HighlanderThon is a year long, entirely student-run, fundraiser hosted at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. As an organization, we host events throughout the year in order to raise money for the kids at Children’s Specialized Hospital in support of the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. We end the year with an 18-hour Dance Marathon in April to celebrate all the fundraising efforts of our participants.
FTK is the main motto of Dance Marathon. It stands for “For The Kids” and it reminds us that whatever we do, it’s all FTK!
Not a problem at all! Not everyone at HighlanderThon will have the best moves. Remember that we don't care how you dance, it's all about why you dance - For The Kids! But, there's SO MUCH MORE to the night than just dancing. We have lots of games and live performances going on throughout the night and you'll get to hear stories from our Miracle Families. You will also be assisted by our Spirit Captains, who will be helping everyone learn the official HighlanderThon Line Dance throughout the night. You don’t need to dance to have fun at HighlanderThon!
If you sign up to be a participant, YES - you should stay the entire 18 hours. It might sound like a long time, but the Hype will definitely keep you going all night long. With a variety of different theme hours, including Rave Hour in the dead of night, you'll want to keep moving. That's not to say it's not tiring at times - it is, but when energy gets low it's important to remember why we're all there. We're dancing For The Kids and it's all about standing for those who can't.
The most common way to get involved in HighlanderThon is to register as a participant! Participants sign up for the entire 18 hours and dance all night long at HighlanderThon. If you're not ready to commit to the entire time or just want to help out, you can always register as a Volunteer. If you're looking to get even MORE involved, you can be apply to be a Spirit Captain by emailing, or apply to be on the HighlanderThon Planning Committee. There is a huge variety in ways to get involved - no matter what level of involvement you are seeking, there's a place for you.
If you have an issue registering as an individual participant, joining a team, or want to change your team captain, email We will help you troubleshoot any problem you maybe having.
After you register, you can personalize your own fundraising homepage. From there, you can start sending out pre-written emails to all your friends and family to donate to your page. This is the easiest and simplest way to raise money. You can also link your fundraising page on your social media page (use: http://highlanderthon.kintera/org/YourUsername. To raise your $62 minimum you can do it right from your HighlanderThon fundraising page!
Yup. Every participant is being challenged to raise $62 FTK. $62 represents the number of kids that enter a Children’s Miracle Network every minute. If everyone raises $62, we can reach our goal of $25,000 in no time! $62 may sound like a lot at first glance, but it's really easy to raise your fundraising goal! We have a fundraising director who can set up a date to can outside of local stores, you can reach out to friends and family and share the story of this amazing cause, put on your own fundraisers, save up spare change- there are an endless number of ways to get to $62! Check out our fundraising page for even more ideas. If you're having issues reaching this, feel free to reach out to our internal fundraising chair at
Of course! If your Greek Organization, Student Club, or Group of Friends would all like to be on the same team, all you need is one person to be your team captain. That person will check “Start a Team” during registration, and everyone who wants to join that team will click “Join a Team” during registration. The minimum is still $62 for every member on the team. But teams can all go out canning and fundraising together. Teams will be kept together when participants are broken up into color teams for HighlanderThon.
Individual participants or teams are split into color teams. For example, five dancing teams may be added to the “green team”, while another five are added to the “red team”. It’s a way to better organize dancers and produce more competition, as there will be several events throughout HighlanderThon that will require competing with other color teams. Each color team will be assigned a Spirit Captain who will be in charge of leading your color team in fundraising and Color Wars.

If you have any other questions, feel free to email or and we will get back to you as soon as possible.