Story by: Ryan Dockery, News and Copy Editor
Photo by: Baylie Clevenger, Photo Editor
The Mt. Vernon Riley Dance Marathon was held on April 11 and helped to raise $8,246.12 for Riley families. The event was run by National Honor Society and was coordinated from the beginning of the year.
The event featured some performers from MV including MV’s a capella group, Locked Out, as well as other solo performers such as Rylie Gendron and Jake McCarty.
“Riley Dance Marathon was a very cool experience and I enjoyed seeing come together to support a great cause,” said Ashley Fritz, 11, “Riley Hospital is very dear to my heart and it was amazing seeing our community come together.”
Other events at the event included a bounce house, a cake walk, and cornhole. With faces tattooed with Riley stickers, many participants hit the dance floor to show their support for Riley kids.
Mt. Vernon is not the only school with a dance marathon. In fact, many schools including Purdue, Ball State, and Indiana University have marathons, some of which include 24 hours of dancing.
The idea is that people at the marathon will dance and have fun on behalf of the kids who may not be able to do that because they are ill. Next year, NHS is hoping to have an even bigger event with an even bigger turnout and revenue for Riley Children’s Hospital.