"Boppers" to climb 36-story building for Riley Hospital
The 33rd annual Bop to the Top will bring “boppers” to downtown Indianapolis on Saturday, January 16 to run straight up the 780 steps in the OneAmerica Tower, raising money for Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health.
Throughout its history, the event has raised nearly $500,000 for Riley. The funds raised will benefit three categories: pediatric research and patient care, maternity and newborn health and family support programs.
Supported for 33 years by Tuxedo Brothers Event Management, Bop to the Top attracts all ages as well as firefighters, various teams and celebrity boppers. Participants run up the tower individually, one being released every twenty seconds. Celebrities this year include Emily Longnecker, WTHR Nightbeat reporter; body builder Andre Crayton; and, Bill Reimika, Fox 59/CBS 4 reporter.
For some, Bop to the Top is a personal mission.
“Without Riley, our son Logan would never have lived past the delivery room,” says Mark Simmonds. Mark and his wife Amy began Team Logan eight years ago in memory of their son who passed away at the age of two months due to complications of a diaphragmatic hernia.
“For us, the importance of the Bop to the Top is not only to honor the memory of our son but to also say thank you to Riley Hospital staff. Personally my family wants the Riley NICU / ECMO (infant heart-lung bypass) team to know that even in my sons passing they did make a difference and we are all grateful for the love and care they showed my son and family.”
WHAT: 33nd annual Bop to the Top benefiting Riley Hospital for Children
WHEN: Saturday, January 16 (Event time: 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.; Awards: 12:30 p.m.)
WHERE: OneAmerica Tower, One American Square, Indianapolis, IN 46282
*MEDIA NOTE: Media may take the elevator to the 36th floor for finish line action.
Bop to the Top Registration:
Participants may register for the event, as well as the Team Riley page if they would like to fundraise, here. Registration of the event will also be available the day of the race beginning at 7:30 a.m.
Prizes will award top finishers and top fundraisers. Boppers who complete the 36-floor challenge also receive a t-shirt.
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.