Location: 520 E. Main St. Carmel IN, 46032
Schedule: 4:00 pm
Since our beginning in 2006, Carmel Dance Marathon has been focused on providing awareness and much needed funds for Riley Hospital for Children.
As the largest high school dance marathon in the nation in terms of student participants and dollars raised, Carmel Dance Marathon has raised over 3.5 million dollars to support research and patient care. This organization was originally established in 1991 at Indiana University by student Jill Stewart after the loss of her friend Ryan White to the AIDS virus contracted through a blood transfusion. Every year since then, hundreds of students participate in this event in order to raise money for the children at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis.
15 years ago, Carmel High School joined in the efforts to support Riley Hospital and to honor former student leader Ashley Crouse who lost her life in an automobile accident in 2005 while attending Indiana University. Ashley was very committed to Dance Marathon and Riley Hospital for Children and not only participated in the Indiana University Dance Marathon but also served on the executive council. To continue these efforts in her name, Carmel High School dancers participate in 6 hours of dancing, eating, socializing, meeting Riley patients, and fun activities (while standing the entire time) in order to raise money for this worthwhile cause.
Last year Carmel High School's marathon raised over $436,000! This year, our hope is to again surpass last year's total and continue to provide much needed assistance for the children of Riley Hospital. We can only achieve this goal with your support. Throughout the year over 60 committee members work tirelessly to fundraise and plan events benefitting Riley Children's Hospital.