LC Key Club to Host First Dance Marathon
Writer / Allie Nash
Lawrence Central students are gearing up for their first Dance Marathon (DM) on March 21.
The planning for the event began last summer when junior and Key Club President Sam Varie heard about Dance Marathon at IU. He thought that the event would be a great project for LC’s Key Club.
“After taking a tour of Riley Hospital for Children in the summer of 2014 and learning more about the true difference that Dance marathon makes in the lives of Riley patients, we decided that bringing DM to our school was a must,” said LCDM Executive Board member Caroline Harris.
The goal of the event is raise $4,000 for Riley Children’s Hospital, who uses Dance Marathons as way to raise money for their patients. The club also met with someone from the Hospital to get information and get the event off the ground.
The club also got help from Ball State student Alyssa Thompson, who has been a part of the Dance Marathon at Ball State. Thompson has met with the LC students to help with planning and guiding. Other members of the Ball State Dance Marathon team will be at the event for support.
According to Harris, the Key Club hopes to have 250 people in attendance to show support to the Riley patients and their families. Besides Key Club members, athletic teams and performing groups were invited to participate in the event.
“There will be lots of dancing, Riley’s signature line dance, and a group called Lawrence Swingin Singles is coming to teach the crowd how to square dance. There will be games like corn hole, ping pong and basketball,” said Harris. “There will be Riley families speaking about their experience and stories. And lastly, there will be a band made up of Riley kids called Midnight Run performing. A DJ will be there as well.”