Zionsville company organizes Bop to the Top stair climb fundraiser for Riley Hospital

0
Past Bop to the Top participants include, from left, former broadcaster Bill Remeika, personal trainer Andre Crayton, former Fox 59 reporter Vanessa McClure and Colts long snapper Matt Overton. (Submitted photo)

Past Bop to the Top participants include, from left, former broadcaster Bill Remeika, personal trainer Andre Crayton, former Fox 59 reporter Vanessa McClure and Colts long snapper Matt Overton. (Submitted photo)

By Heather Lusk

It’s 36 floors, 780 steps and 500 feet straight up. The 33rd annual Bop to the Top stair climb returns Jan. 16 to raise money for Riley Hospital for Children.

Over the past three decades the event – created and organized by Zionsville-based Tuxedo Brothers – has helped raised more than half a million dollars for Riley Hospital for Children.

Taking an average of eight minutes for individuals to complete, more than 1,200 people each year run up one of the two One America Building staircases. Every 20 to 30 seconds, participants will be given the green light to start, racing their way to the top of the building then taking the elevator down when they’ve finished.

Approximately 100 awards will be given for this year’s run with male and female categories based on age and a voluntary “big guy” weight division.

“We do a lot of youth groups up to 80 plus,” Tuxedo Brothers president Don Carr said. One of the youngest participants over the years was Carr’s son when he was four years old. “It took him about 12 or 13 minutes (to finish),” Carr said.

Registration is now open at tuxbro.com for individuals or teams, through which Carr hopes to raise $15,000 this year for Riley.

“Once you register you can add extra pledges if you’d like,” Carr said. “If you want to raise additional funds you can do it that way, too.”

Over the past three decades, scores of celebrities have participated, including WTHR reporters Anne Marie Tiernon and Steve Jefferson, former WRTV reporter Stacia Matthews, body builder Andre Crayton, Colts long snapper Matt Overton and groups of firefighters from various area fire departments wearing full gear.

The funds raised for Riley will benefit three categories: pediatric research and patient care, maternity and newborn health and family support programs. There were more than 300,000 patient visits to Riley physicians statewide last year.


Current Morning Briefing Logo

Stay CURRENT with our daily newsletter (M-F) and breaking news alerts delivered to your inbox for free!

Select list(s) to subscribe to



By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: Current Publishing, 30 S. Range Line Road, Carmel, IN, 46032, https://www.youarecurrent.com. You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact
Share.