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Group raises funds for Riley hospital

Ashley Charnley | Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Saint Mary’s Dance Marathon is selling its gear in the Student Center Atrium to help raise awareness for its main event — a 12-hour dance-a-thon to raise money for Riley’s Hospital for Children in Indianapolis.

The sale will run Tuesday and Wednesday during lunch and dinner hours in the Student Center Atrium, said Kelli Minor, Dance Marathon fundraising chair.

Dance Marathon sells gear emblazoned with the logo “EMX” — the Greek letters for “SMC.”

“Currently, we are selling 2009-10 EMX hooded sweatshirts, 2008, 2009 and 2010 Trot for Tots 5K shirts, red classy and fabulous shirts, SMC Dance Marathon bracelets and Riley pins,” Minor said. “The hoodies are $20, all shirts are $5, the bracelets and pins are $1.”

Minor said the next big event will be Riley week, which will take place from Feb. 14-18.

“Each day there will be various ways to become involved in [Dance Marathon] and also to raise awareness for the patients and families at Riley,” she said.

According to Minor, Monday will feature an arts and crafts fair, and Tuesday a miss-a-meal night, when students can use a meal swipe as a donation to Riley. Wednesday will include door decorating and Thursday will be a salon night, with Friday serving as a campus-wide “Wear Red for Riley” day, she said.

This will be the fourth annual Dance Marathon, which will take place on March 5, Minor said. Students interested in participating can already register.

“Pre-registration has already begun and anyone can register at any time. To get a dancer packet, students can e-mail the Dance Marathon account,” Minor said.

The group’s e-mail is dmarathn@saintmarys.edu and registration is $15 for dancers, she said.

The events will take place from noon to midnight and check-in begins at 11 a.m. in the Student Center.

“The event includes games, bands, prizes, arts and crafts, as well as the opportunity to listen to Riley families speak,” Minor said.