WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Purdue University Dance Marathon is hosting its third annual Day of Miracles Thursday, and it’s all to promote the upcoming marathon next month.
Amanda Fendel, Purdue Dance Marathon executive of productions, stopped by News 18 at Noon on Thursday to tell us more about both events.
“[Day of Miracles] It’s a big fundraising push day for us just to try to gain more awareness and funds for Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis,” she said. “So, we do that year-round — fundraising for Riley and really to support the kids.”
Fendel continued to say there are a lot of different activities going on around campus for the Day of Miracles. Some students are collecting donations, organization presidents are getting pies in their faces at Pie a President, and members of the Morale Committee have been dancing since midnight participating in a 24-hour Morale Dance on PUMD’s Facebook page.
But all of that leads up to the group’s main fundraiser of the year, the Purdue University Dance Marathon — where more than 2,000 people participate. It’s an 18-hour event on Oct. 22-23.
“We stand all 18 hours — for those who can’t. The kids at Riley are our biggest inspiration and everything we do is for them,” Fendel said. “… It’s just a celebration of the kids and everything that we’ve done throughout the year.”
The Dance Marathon raised more than $1.1 million last year. Fendel hopes to exceed that amount this year. If you would like to help support, visit the PUDM Donation page.
The Purdue Dance Marathon will begin Saturday, Oct. 22, at 6 p.m. and go through Sunday, Oct. 23, until noon. It will be held at the France A. Córdova Recreational Sports Center, 355 N. Martin Jischke Drive, in West Lafayette.
To hear Fendel’s story about why she is involved in the group and her strong passion for Riley, watch the full interview in the video clip above.