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3 Indiana Universities Receive Awards at National Dance Marathon Conference

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Determination is in the motto “FTK” (“For The Kids”) used by Riley Dance Marathon participants at more than 60 high schools, colleges and universities statewide. Indiana University Dance Marathon, Purdue University Dance Marathon and Ball State University Dance Marathon each won awards at the 14th Annual National Dance Marathon Leadership Conference in Chicago last month for their support of Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health. 

Indiana University Dance Marathon (IUDM) and Purdue University Dance Marathon (PUDM) both received “2013-2014 Miracle Maker Awards” for their fundraising growth in the 2013-2014 school year. IUDM increased their fundraising total from $2.1 million in 2012 to $2.6 million in 2013. PUDM increased their fundraising total from $528,000 in 2012 to $1 million in 2013.

Ball State University Dance Marathon received the “2013-2014 Best Morale Dance” award. Morale dances occur at every dance marathon around the country, serving as a theme throughout the duration of a marathon. At the national conference 19 colleges and universities performed two minute segments from their morale dance. Ball State University Dance Marathon won.

Riley Dance Marathons – the fastest-growing fundraising program for Riley Children’s Foundation – raised a record $4.6 million in 2013-2014, 29 percent of the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ (CMN) dance marathon total nationwide (255 Dance Marathons raised $15.6 million nationwide for CMN). 

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 300,000 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. For more information, visit RileyKids.org. 

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