The Pediatric AIDS Coalition first began as Dance Marathon at UCLA in 2002. Since its inception, Dance Marathon has grown from 20 committee members raising $27,000 to a committee of 143 planning an event that has raised almost $450,000 in 2016. In its 15-year history, PAC has raised $5 million to support the group’s beneficiaries: the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Camp Kindle, and the UCLA AIDS Institute.
Five years ago, the single event of Dance Marathon transitioned into a yearlong organization known as the Pediatric AIDS Coalition (PAC), which is now the largest student-run philanthropic organization on the West Coast. PAC has expanded to include direct service projects and events that seek to expand knowledge of the pandemic within the community. Such programs include the “I Know” Awareness Campaign, a World AIDS Day event, Life Skills Retreat, and a year-round Mentorship/Family Program.
In the past year, the Pediatric AIDS Coalition has undergone monumental growth and change. With a renewed focus on education and awareness initiatives, PAC has transitioned into a new model that incorporates direct service in conjunction with the fundraising of capital. More than ever before, PAC committee members are fully immersed in the multiple facets of philanthropies combating HIV/AIDS. PAC’s flagship fundraising event, Dance Marathon, has changed as well, and DM 2017 will be in Pauley Pavilion for the fourth year in a row.