Carmel continues reign as top Dance Marathon fundraising high school


School dances don’t usually involve charity fundraising, but that’s exactly what Carmel High School students did last month as more than 700 students participated in the 14th annual Dance Marathon.

The event benefits Riley Hospital for Children.

“At the end of February every year, students stand on their feet for six hours for children at Riley Hospital who can’t,” said Sarah Wolff, CHS Dance Marathon sponsor. “They work to receive donations from friends and family for Riley Hospital while dancing and hearing motivational stories from Riley families and patients.”

CHS students raised $436,481, falling a little short of last year’s total of more than $453,000. Still, the amount was the most raised by a high school this year through the national Dance Marathon campaign.

CHS proceeds go to Riley through the Indiana University Dance Marathon.

“We began in 2006 in honor of a former Greyhound, Ashley Crouse, who was on the IUDM executive council when her life was cut short in a car accident in 2005 while she was a junior at Indiana,” Wolff said. “Dance Marathon and serving the kids at Riley were her passion while at IU. We began Carmel Dance Marathon in her memory and affiliated with Indiana due to the connection. Dance Marathon puts the focus on serving others and not yourself. It gives kids fun yet productive things to do and creates a sense of life-long service to others at an early age.

“It also gives the students much-needed perspective. When our students see others who are facing real crisis in their life, it makes their problems seem not so big. The students also feel connected because we have several students here at CHS that are current and former Riley patients.”

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