The seventh annual Dancing for the Kids, an event organized by Emerging Leaders, raised $200,000 for Akron Children’s Hospital.

The money will go toward the Showers Family Center’s School and Community Oncology Outreach Program.

"The total amount raised this year is truly incredible," Dr. Jeffrey Hord said in a prepared statement. "With these funds we’ll be able to expand school support for our patients including the addition of a high school math teacher, which is a need identified by our teen patients and their parents.”

The fundraising event brings together local celebrities and dance students from the University of Akron for dance performances at the Akron Civic Theatre. Community members then vote for their favorite performers by making an online donation or by attending the event.

At the conclusion of this year’s event, a total of $181,760 was announced as the fundraising total. However, Paul Perantinides offered to donate the difference to get the total to $200,000 in honor of his godson Pano Tsarouhas, who was the Akron Children’s patient dancer at the event and received care at the Showers Family Center for Ewing sarcoma.

“The success of Dancing for the Kids this year was beyond anything I could have imagined,” Parker Berry, Emerging Leaders member and chair of the event, said in a prepared statement. “We could not have done that without the incredible support of the community, the outstanding fundraising our dancers did and the generosity of Mr. Perantinides.”