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DanceBlue’s Commonwealth Cup unites rival Kentucky universities for the kids

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 22, 2024) — DanceBlue is participating in the fourth annual Commonwealth Cup fundraiser beginning Jan. 22. The Commonwealth Cup is a fundraising event that unites students throughout Kentucky in support of one cause:  raising money to fight pediatric illness.

This year, the Commonwealth Cup is a fundraising drive between the University of Kentucky, University of Louisville and Western Kentucky University. For one week, each school will push fundraising efforts in support of its individual organizations (DanceBlue, RaiseRED and Dance Big Red, respectively).

From Jan. 22-26, the Commonwealth Cup fundraiser will take place on each organization’s social media platforms, with daily posts to encourage fundraising and templates for students to use for personal fundraising. Last year, the schools were able to raise over $100,000 and we are hoping that this year will be even more successful.

To help the fundraising efforts, DanceBlue is hosting a week-long fundraiser with different themes each day:

  • Motivation Monday
  • Togetherness Tuesday
  • “Why I DB” Wednesday
  • DB for Kentucky Thursday
  • Fundraising Friday

Additionally, on Jan. 23, DanceBlue is partnering with Lexington restaurants to put on the DanceBlue Dine Around.

During these times, each restaurant will be donating a portion of their sales to DanceBlue.

  • North Lime Donuts (Greyline Station and Clays Mills locations) from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Pasta Garage from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Puccini’s from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Freshies from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Enjoy great food and support a good cause.

DanceBlue is a University of Kentucky student-run organization that fundraises year-round and culminates in a 24-hour no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon. Over $20 million has been raised since 2006, making DanceBlue one of the largest student-run philanthropies in the Southeastern Conference. For more information about DanceBlue, registration information or to support its efforts, please visit and connect with DanceBlue on Instagram, Facebook and X.

To participate with DanceBlue in the Commonwealth Cup fundraising efforts, visit the DanceBlue Instagram (@uk_danceblue), Facebook (DanceBlue), TikTok (@ukdanceblue), or make a donation to DanceBlue here.

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