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“Sister Act” helps Plymouth High School host its first Riley Dance Marathon

January 25, 2012
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01/26/12 Senior Ball State University student and Plymouth native, Amy Jacobs, serves on the Ball State University Dance Marathon committee to raise funds for Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health, the hospital that has cared for her sister. Through her philanthropic efforts, Amy has inspired her sister Hannah to start a Riley Dance Marathon at Plymouth High School. 

Last year, Hannah visited Amy at Ball State University Dance Marathon and saw Bremen High School’s 2nd annual Riley Dance Marathon raise over $6,000. Hannah, a long-time Riley Hospital for Children patient and sophomore at Plymouth High School teamed up with her friend, Cassie Gaines, another Riley Hospital kid, to bring the party to Plymouth. 

The Jacobs sisters, Cassie, Plymouth High School Director of Counseling Aimee Portteus, and 200 classmates will gather at 3 p.m. on January 28 in the Plymouth High School cafeteria. They will dance until half time of the boys’ varsity basketball game and then move into the gymnasium for the fundraising reveal and “morale dance,” a group-dance featuring all of the participants. The Plymouth High School Dance Marathon committee hopes the inaugural event will raise thousands of dollars for Riley Hospital. 

Hannah and Cassie have worked tirelessly to fundraise for the marathon at school and athletic events.  Even teachers have joined the cause by making donations in exchange for a “Teacher Jeans Day.” For all of Hannah’s efforts, Amy could not be prouder of her “tough and driven” younger sister. “She is my inspiration for everything I do,” Amy said. 

Each year, more than 1,100 patient visits take place at Riley Hospital for Children involving children from Marshall County.

What:  Inaugural Plymouth High School Dance Marathon. Proceeds benefit Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health

When:  Saturday, January 28, 3 p.m.; in conjunction with the boys’ varsity basketball game

Where:  Plymouth High School Cafeteria and Gymnasium

on line donations can be made at the following link: http://www.firstgiving.com/rileykids/PHSDM/fundraisers

About Riley Children’s Foundation

Riley Children’s Foundation supports Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health, Camp Riley, and the James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home. As Indiana’s only comprehensive hospital dedicated exclusively to the care of children, Riley Hospital has provided compassionate care, support, and comfort to children and their families since 1924. Each year children from all 92 Indiana counties turn to Riley Hospital and its regional clinics throughout the state more than 350,000 times. Riley Hospital’s partnership with Indiana University Health and its strong affiliation with the Indiana University School of Medicine make Riley Hospital the leader in pediatric care in the state and the region. RileyKids.org

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