Students at Saint Mary’s College raised a record $104,374.83 for Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis thanks to their annual Dance Marathon.
This eighth dance marathon brought in more donations than any of the school's earlier events, with contributions from Marian and Bremen high schools and Northridge Middle School’s mini dance marathons adding to the total raised.
The 12-hour dance session wrapped up at midnight on Sunday in the Angela Athletic facility on the Saint Mary’s College campus.
In a statement, Dance Marathon president, Amy Tiberi, said “I can’t even put words to how proud I am of this year’s Dance Marathon executive board, committees and dancers. Seeing the passion and dedication from college students for a cause bigger than this campus and even the South Bend community is such a humbling experience. Like I told them Saturday night, ‘A lot more miracles will be made at Riley because of that number.’”
Participants from Saint Mary’s, the University of Notre Dame and Holy Cross contributed to the fundraising effort by finding sponsors to pledge money to stay on their feet for 12 hours.
The Dance Marathon supports the General Benefit Fund, which funds areas of Riley Hospital in need of extra assistance, including medical research and other clinical programs.
Since the Dance Marathon started in 2006, Saint Mary’s has raised more than $610,000 for Riley Hospital for Children.