Carroll committee prepares for upcoming Riley Dance Marathon
By Audrey Scaer, News Editor
Carroll High School’s committee for the Riley Dance Marathon is working towards finalizing details for the upcoming event on March 26, as well as trying to get as many people to attend as possible.
Riley Dance Marathons are not unique to Carroll. According to Riley Children’s foundation, the dances began in 1991 at Indiana University and have since spread to over 60 high schools and universities. The events are aimed at raising money for Riley Children’s Hospitals, as well as providing an uplifting experience for the students and Riley patients and families that attend.
This is Carroll’s first year hosting a dance marathon. The idea was brought forward by senior Amy Hausfeld who found out about dance marathons from her sister who is on the Riley Dance Marathon Board at Indiana University. After finding out about the event and speaking to an executive board member at Ball State, she approached Social Studies teacher Jordan Rhodes and Math teacher Matt Taylor who were both eager to help and are now co-advisors for the committee.
“I actually went to Mr. Taylor and Miss Rhodes first,” Hausfeld said, “and they were super helpful about getting things together and kind of organizing the [Dance Marathon] committee and things like that."
The Riley Dance Marathon Committee at Carroll aims to earn $20,000 for the cause. They have raised money in a variety of ways at Carroll including creating a No Shave November contest for the teachers, putting on a Spikeball tournament, going caroling during winter break, and encouraging spectators to donate at a Carroll basketball game called Riley Night. The committee has also been encouraging local businesses to sponsor the event.
But the fundraising doesn’t end there. There is also an upcoming Moe’s Night on February 23 at the Moe’s Southwest Grill location at 1808 W Dupont Road, where a percentage of the proceeds of any order that is made along with showing crew members a flyer for the upcoming marathon will be given to the cause.
Instructional Assistant Jennifer Featherston will also be earning money for the marathon by giving all the commissions that she earns as a sales representative for a company called Origami Owl to the dance.
Students are also encouraged to fundraise individually. After signing up online at www.donate.rileykids.org/chsdm16, any Carroll student can create a fundraising page that they can then send to people they know or post on social media to earn money for the marathon. Individuals are also encouraged to fundraise in more traditional methods, like asking those they know to donate. Those who earn at least $25 are guaranteed a t-shirt in their size at the event.
Those who choose not to fundraise are still welcome to attend. For a cover charge of $20, anyone can be admitted and take part in the dance marathon. The committee is currently trying to get as many people as possible to sign up for the event.
Despite what the name may insinuate, dance marathons are not just about dancing.
“A dance marathon isn’t six hours of dancing…” Taylor said. “We’re breaking it up into segments. I can’t reveal everything that we’re going to do, it’s kind of secretive, but a couple of bands are going to come, we’re going to have a DJ, games, and stuff like that.”
The dance marathons will also feature stories from Riley Families who were affected by the care they received at Riley Hospital to remind attendees what the event is all about. Those families will also be taking part in the festivities of the marathon, along with the Carroll community.
Hausfeld encourages any student who hasn’t signed up for the event yet to do so, as she truly believes the event will have a lasting impact on those that attend.
“Sign up because this is an experience of a lifetime,” Hausfeld said, “and you will be missing out because it’s just going to be incredible for the kids and incredible for the dancers and is just going to be something that will change your perspective on a lot of things.”