The nation’s first Dance Marathon began in 1991 at Indiana University to honor AIDS patient Ryan White. Today, the Riley Dance Marathon program in Indiana is Riley’s fastest-growing fundraising event program, with more than 60 high school and collegiate programs.
On January 27,2018, Plymouth High School will host their 7th annual Dance Marathon benefiting Riley Hospital for Children. PHS students join together for a 9-hour marathon involving dancing, eating, participating in games and activities, and most importantly, listening to Riley kids share their stories. This is all done without sitting down for the full length of the marathon.
The first year the event raised over $11,000 for Riley Hospital. Over six years, the community has generously donated $147,563.04. This year the goal has been set at $35,000.
The success of the Plymouth High School Dance Marathon depends on the generous help of family, friends, and the community.
Anyone can donate to the PHS Dance Marathon for Riley Hospital and all monetary donations are tax deductable. Checks made out to Riley Children’s Foundation with PHSDM in the memo can be mailed to Plymouth High School at #1 Bid Red Drive.
The PHS Dance Marathon is unique to others because the kids and community learn the fundraising total during intermission of the PHS varsity boys basketball game that evening. The special halftime show features the PHS student and college students from Ball State who perform this year’s dance.