Announcing Our 2020 Legacy Award Winner

May 26, 2020
Topics: Dance Marathons

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Riley Children’s Foundation is proud to announce Carter Sims as the 2020 Legacy Award winner for Riley Dance Marathon. This annual award recognizes one graduating college senior who has made a significant impact on their school’s Riley Dance Marathon program. The recipient represents exceptional leadership and character, along with commitment to the cause through personal fundraising efforts and advocacy for Riley Hospital for Children. Tyler Trent of Purdue University Dance Marathon was honored posthumously as the inaugural recipient in 2019.

Carter recently graduated from Indiana University in his hometown of Bloomington, Ind. His accomplishments during his four years with Indiana University Dance Marathon include personal fundraising totaling $70,000 and leading the Morale committee last year as they raised a record-breaking $257,000. Carter lives by a motto of “Do Good.” 

 “This cause has helped me become a person that people believe in and support, and I have learned how to inspire others to follow the right people doing the right thing,” Carter says. “I want people to remember me as the brightest light in this organization, and hopefully I will inspire others to shine their light as bright as they can as well―that is a whole lot of lights shining and illuminating one cause.”

Fourteen colleges fundraised for Riley Dance Marathon during the 2019-2020 school year. Established in 1991 to honor Indiana HIV/AIDS activist Ryan White, Indiana University Dance Marathon has raised more than $40 million to date for Riley Hospital for Children. It is the second-largest student-run philanthropy in the world and largest Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals Dance Marathon. The 30th IU Dance Marathon is scheduled to take place November 6-8 at the Indiana University Tennis Center.

On behalf of all of us at Riley Children’s Foundation, congratulations, Carter! We are grateful for all you’ve done for the kids.

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