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Last modified: Monday, October 29, 2012

IU Dance Marathon raises record $2.1 million for Riley Hospital for Children

Oct. 29, 2012

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University's 36-hour dance marathon raised $2.1 million over the weekend for Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, a record total for the annual event.

Dance Marathon 2012

"Each year, we try to break the previous year's total," said Joseph Primavera, IU Dance Marathon director of public relations. "Last year, we were so close to the $2 million mark, so we really stressed the importance of fundraising to all of our participants. I couldn't be happier with how the whole year turned out."

This year's IU Dance Marathon, Oct. 26 to 28, raised $2,125,322.20. That's more than the $1.8 million raised last year, and represents the total raised at all events held throughout the year, including funds raised by similar dance marathons at partner high schools in the area.

The final 20 cents is donated to represent each member of IU Dance Marathon's executive council who worked alongside thousands of committee members, volunteers and dancers to make the annual event a reality.

IU Dance Marathon began in 1991 in honor of Ryan White, an AIDS activist and Riley Hospital for Children patient who died of complications from AIDS in 1990.

"Riley Hospital serves as Indiana's only nationally ranked and comprehensive children's hospital, and is dependent upon research funds to sustain and expand revolutionary care for children. And each year, Indiana University Dance Marathon makes a profound difference in the lives of Riley Hospital patients," said Jason Mueller, manager of regional communications at Riley Children's Foundation. "Students dedicated to Indiana University Dance Marathon understand this vital role Riley Hospital plays in securing a healthy future for children. We admire their efforts and are overwhelmed with the time and energy they devote toward helping children."

About Riley Children's Foundation
Riley Children's Foundation supports Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health, Camp Riley and the James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home. As Indiana's only comprehensive hospital dedicated exclusively to the care of children, Riley Hospital has provided compassionate care, support and comfort to children and their families since 1924. Each year children from all 92 Indiana counties turn to Riley Hospital and its regional clinics throughout the state more than 230,000 times. Riley Hospital's partnership with Indiana University Health and its strong affiliation with the Indiana University School of Medicine make Riley Hospital the leader in pediatric care in the state and the region.