Announcing Our 2020 Class of Next Generation Philanthropists

NGP 2020 Blog Post

Riley Children’s Foundation is proud to announce the Next Generation Philanthropists Class of 2020. This graduating class of high school seniors has displayed exceptional leadership and character through their contributions to their school’s Riley Dance Marathon or Kids Caring & Sharing™ program. 

This class includes students from across the state. They serve as shining representatives of the students at 68 high schools who fundraised for Riley Dance Marathon during the 2019-2020 school year. They have been a part of established Riley fundraising programs and started new fundraising efforts. They are Riley kids and Riley siblings. They have spent hundreds of hours raising thousands of dollars–all for the kids at Riley Hospital for Children.

Introducing the Next Generation Philanthropists Class of 2020:

Alexis Calvert, Carmel High School, Carmel, Ind. – Alexis developed special bonds with Riley families through inviting them to share their stories at Carmel Dance Marathon. “This experience has taught me the true depth of what being committed means,” she says. 

Maggie Doyle, Bloomington High School South, Bloomington, Ind. – Maggie organized a new opportunity for Bloomington South Dance Marathon executive board members to serve breakfast to Riley families at the Ronald McDonald House. “I have never experienced the love that people have for a cause anywhere else quite like Dance Marathon,” she says.

Rachel Fishbone, Bloomington High School North, Bloomington, Ind. – Rachel initiated a new Riley fundraiser at a school varsity basketball game. “Fundraising for Riley brings a school together as a community, and there is no stronger bond than wanting to make a difference in someone else’s life,” she says.

Madeline Hunter, Westfield High School, Westfield, Ind. – Madeline helped to implement the first “mini” Dance Marathon at her local middle school. “I am so proud to be a part of a group of high-achieving individuals that serve others and are having the time of our lives doing it,” she says.

Abby Jamison, Floyd Central High School, Floyds Knobs, Ind. – Abby collaborated with her peers to bring back a Halloween-themed fundraiser for Floyd Central Dance Marathon. “Working with my peers for this cause brought me a joy that I never could have expected,” she says.

Haley Miles, Castle High School, Newburgh, Ind. – Haley revived a 3K run/walk event, which became a favorite among Castle Dance Marathon participants. “After dedicating my life to Riley Dance Marathon, I found my calling,” she says.

Chloe Olejnik, Cardinal Ritter High School, Indianapolis – Chloe led outreach efforts for Cardinal Ritter Dance Marathon that resulted in a record number of participants. “I want to be a voice for those kids who cannot advocate for themselves,” she says.

Alexis Paterson, Westfield High School, Westfield, Ind. – Alexis helped to implement the first “mini” Dance Marathon at her local middle school. “I started my Riley fundraising adventure on a whim and discovered who I was and why I care along the way,” she says.

Emma Records, White River Valley High School, Switz City, Ind. – Emma found creative ways to encourage personal fundraising at her small school, increasing engagement each year. “There isn’t a better feeling than knowing that your hard work is going to be put to use making someone else’s life better,” she says.

Lauryn Rhodes, Warsaw Community High School, Warsaw, Ind. – Lauren was chair of the committee that oversaw her school’s first annual Riley Community Carnival. “This experience has encouraged me to use my own gifts to help those who need it most,” she says.

Bryn Roberts, Fishers High School, Fishers, Ind. – Bryn raised thousands of dollars for Fishers Dance Marathon through relationships with corporate partners and personal efforts including treat-or-treating and caroling. “Fundraising for Riley allows you to be a part of something bigger than yourself and changes your perspective on life,” she says.

Hannah Romero De Gante, Seymour High School, Seymour, Ind. – Hannah led efforts to increase engagement with Seymour Dance Marathon in the Hispanic community, including a 5K walk/run where all promotions and day-of announcements were presented in English and Spanish. “Although breaking the language barrier may seem small, I believe that my inclusive efforts made an impactful difference in our current fundraising efforts and for many years to come,” she says.

On behalf of all of us at Riley Children’s Foundation, congratulations and thank you for all you’ve done for the kids!

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