A group of ISU students has been working year-round for a cause they believe in, and those efforts culminate in a 12-hour virtual dance marathon Saturday.
The Indiana State University Dance Marathon is 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 10, on Zoom. It is a student-driven event that blends games, music, dancing, and philanthropy to generate funds for Riley Hospital for Children, the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital which cares for sick or injured children from the area.
The students have prepared virtual games and activities, a fashion show with Riley kids, and dance numbers for the event.
“It’s a day when a lot of people on campus can come together and focus on something a lot bigger than us,” said STATE DM President Jessica Tevebaugh, a nursing major from Maryville, Illinois.
She is passionate about health and this cause is close to her heart, which is why she has been involved with STATE DM for four years. “Everything we do is for the kids,” she said.
More than 100 students have been working online and offline to raise funds for Riley Hospital and bring the community together. Team members and student directors have been meeting weekly for the last 10 months. They have coordinated dozens of contracts and corporate sponsorships and worked with local high schools across Indiana.
Over the last ten years, the event has raised $841,612 for the hospital.
“STATE Dance Marathon is always a highlight of the spring activities on campus and supports the University’s commitment to community engagement,” said Kourtney Barrett, the student organization’s advisor and Deputy Title IX Coordinator at ISU.
To participate or donate, visit this page.