Beech Grove students raised more than $9,700 for Riley Hospital for Children during their second annual Riley Dance Marathon.
The five-hour dance Saturday night at the high school netted about $600 more than in 2016. Senior Elizabeth Pich, president of the student leadership team, said their goal was to collect more than last year.
“We upped it because we thought we had a strong student leadership team,” she said. “We have officers and class representatives from each class on the student leadership team, and we felt they had really good leadership skills.”
Collecting donations and planning for the marathon began earlier in the semester. Team members solicited contributions at the school’s football and basketball games and at the Circle of Lights celebration at Monument Circle on Black Friday.
“I think no matter what, it’s still great we are able to raised thousands of dollars for the kids at Riley,” Pich said.
The marathon carried over a lip sync battle on the main stage from last year as well as a spirit week leading up to Saturday. There were also games available to play, including a video game tournament featuring NBA 2K18.
The six students who raised the most were recognized.
IUPUI students, who plan their school’s dance marathon, also assisted in organizing Beech Grove’s event.
For Pich, who plans to work in health care, the experience of organizing the marathon will help prepare her for her future.
“You learn how to be a leader and how to ask people for money and how to get nos for an answer,” she said. “Some people can be pretty rude to you at times. It’s a learning experience and how to talk to people from the student leadership side.”