Purdue University Dance Marathon was established in 2005 and is now in its 11th marathon. Over the years PUDM has raised over $1,000,000 for the kids and families at Riley Hospital for Children. Specifically, the money raised by PUDM goes towards the Cancer Center and Camp Riley. PUDM has grown from having only 100 dancers in its first year, to over 1800 in the November 2012 marathon. Dance Marathon is, and always has been, student run. Currently, an Executive Board of 28 students and over 500 committee members are actively planning and fundraising for PUDM 2014! The marathon could not take place without the help of the Purdue and West Lafayette/Lafayette communities. We are lucky enough to work with local businesses, restaurants, prominent community figures, athletic teams, and a variety of bands to aid with the marketing, fundraising, and entertainment during the marathon.
Most importantly, PUDM has developed close and personal relationships with multiple Riley kids and families. They are the heart, soul, and inspiration for the year-round fundraising and planning of the marathon. PUDM tries to give more than just money to the hospital; we try to also provide a wonderful and special experience for our Riley kids. The marathon is a celebration of life, hope, love, and dreaming BIG!
Last year, PUDM raised $1,000,471.03 for the kids, making PUDM the youngest Dance Marathon organization to fundraise $1 Million or more!