Carmel High School: Home to Nation's Largest High School Dance Marathon
INDIANAPOLIS � Students in Carmel are gearing up for the fifth annual Carmel High School Dance Marathon on February 20 to benefit Riley Hospital for Children. The event is the nation's largest high school dance marathon according to Children's Miracle Network.
Nearly one-quarter of the student body participates, and the planning committee for the event is comprised of two staff advisors and 50 students. Nearly one dozen Riley patients and families will share their story of appreciation for the hospital. Proceeds benefit the Ryan White Infectious Disease Center at Riley Hospital for Children. Last year Carmel High School Dance Marathon raised nearly $160,000 ($35,000 in 2006; $58,000 in 2007; $129,000 in 2008; $159,000 in 2009).
�The students tirelessly devote themselves to raise funds for the Ryan White Infectious Disease Center at Riley, the entity that provides children with HIV and other life-threatening infections an opportunity to find care,� explained Dr. Martin Kleiman, Director of the Ryan White Infectious Disease Center and Endowed Chair at Riley Hospital for Children.
There will also be a parent spaghetti dinner and auction on February 18. Last year 500 people attended. All proceeds go toward the dance marathon grand total.
|WHAT:||Carmel High School Dance Marathon|
|WHEN:||Saturday, February 20; 4 p.m.-10 p.m.|
|WHERE:||Carmel High School / Freshman Center
520 East Main Street
Carmel, IN 46032
|WHY:||Carmel High School is the nation's single largest high school dance marathon. Last year, more than 800 participants generated nearly $160,000 for the Ryan White Infectious Disease Center at Riley Hospital for Children.|
Over the years, many Carmel students have remained involved with Riley Dance Marathons. These students have taken collegiate leadership roles during the 2009-10 academic year: Ben Cohen (president, Butler University Dance Marathon), Stacie Schutz (president, Purdue University Dance Marathon), Casey Crouse (president, Indiana University Dance Marathon) and Kelli Martin (president, Ball State University Dance Marathon).
Twenty-six Indiana universities and high schools are lacing up their dancing shoes during the year to raise money for Riley Hospital. Last year, schools combined to raise $1.7 million.
317.634.4474, ext. 334
About Riley Hospital for Children
As one of the nation's leading pediatric hospitals and Indiana's first and only comprehensive hospital dedicated exclusively to the care of children, Riley Hospital for Children, a part of Clarian Health, has provided compassionate care, support and comfort to children and their families for 85 years. Each year, Riley Hospital and Riley Hospital at Clarian North serve over 215,000 inpatients and outpatients from across Indiana, the nation and the world. Riley Hospital's partnership with Clarian Health, and its strong affiliation with the Indiana University School of Medicine, makes it the only comprehensive clinical resource for Indiana's children and the premiere source for health-related information for their parents. From simple care associated with the health and wellness of children and less complex specialty care to the most critically-ill and medically complex cases, Riley Hospital for Children is a national leader. Clarian Health operates the Methodist Hospital, Indiana University Hospital and Riley Hospital for Children campuses as a single hospital under Indiana law. Visit Riley Hospital for Children for more information.