By Anna Skinner
After lots of hard work, Paige Vogus convinced Westfield High School staff to allow the school’s first dance marathon fundraiser this year.
Vogus, a 2013 WHS graduate and director of IUPUI’s Dance Marathon, said IUPUI serves as the high school’s mentor for the dance marathon. Any funds raised through WHS’s event will go to IUPUI’s overall funds, which then go to Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health.
Vogus initially made contact with Westfield last year to plan a dance marathon, but her first answer was a no.
“We continued to reach out to administration and explain how dance marathon could be beneficial,” she said. “Basically, dance marathons are at every college in the nation, so it connects high school kids to colleges. It also provides leadership skills, so we tried to express it wasn’t just about raising money or doing something for Riley. It was more about connecting high school students to colleges.”
The dance marathon is scheduled from 5 to 11 p.m. Feb 18 at WHS, 18250 N. Union St. The event will feature music and dance instruction and offer food and drinks and more.
“As a college mentor of a high school marathon, our goal for any first-year dance marathon is to just be successful, spread the word for what the cause is and have fun,” Vogus said. “We don’t have a monetary goal for the first year. We especially want to bring in the concept of dance marathon to high schools, and the second year we have a goal.”
Informational tables on the dance marathon are available during the school’s lunch hours in the cafeteria.
For more or to donate, visit donate.rileykids.org/westfielddm.