Kick up your heels at the Purdue Dance Marathon

Kayla Bacon, PUDM vice president of external relations, stopped by News 18 at Noon on Friday, Oct. 21, 2016, to tell us more about the Purdue Dance Marathon. (WLFI Photo)
Kayla Bacon, PUDM vice president of external relations, stopped by News 18 at Noon on Friday, Oct. 21, 2016, to tell us more about the Purdue Dance Marathon. (WLFI Photo)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Saturday marks the start of an 18-hour marathon that will help raise money for many sick children in Indiana. It’s called the Purdue University Dance Marathon.

Kayla Bacon, PUDM vice president of external relations, stopped by News 18 at Noon on Friday to tell us more about the Dance Marathon — the group’s annual event.

“It’s an 18-hour marathon. It’s a celebration of the entire year’s worth of efforts. So we just don’t fund raise right up before the marathon, we actually start planning for next year the day the current marathon ends,” Bacon said.  “So 18 hours is celebrating a year’s worth of fundraising and awareness for Riley Hospital for Children.”

Last year the event raised $1.1 million, and the two years before that were million dollar years as well, Bacon said.

“So, always hoping to top the year before,” she said. “But regardless, it’s a really cool time to get to celebrate everything that everyone did all year.”

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.

If you can’t make the event, you can join all the fun through a live stream online. Tune in during the marathon for fun, interactive ways to donate.

Watch the full video to listen to Bacon explain her personal connection to PUDM and to Riley.