Frequently Asked Questions

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Purdue University Dance Marathon is an organization that supports our students, corporate sponsors, and community. Here is a breakdown of our most popular questions. If you have any questions that is not covered here, please send us a message!

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Purdue University Dance Marathon (PUDM) is a year-round event with many facets that concludes with an 18-hour Dance Marathon in November benefiting Riley Hospital for Children. PUDM blends dancing, games, crafts, food and fun into one philanthropic experience.

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The marathon is 18 hours long.  This time is spent learning the morale dance, playing dancer games, listening to Riley stories, watching entertainment acts, doing Zumba, and eating, among other activities.

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The 18 hours will fly by once you are at the event!  There is enough activity and energy to keep energy up and keep your mind off the time.  Additionally, hearing the Riley stories and playing with the Riley kids is the best motivation in the entire world.  They make any pain you experience seem small in comparison.

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Contact our Vice President of Finance at and explain your situation. We’ll get you squared away!

[/vc_toggle][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_toggle title=”When and where is PUDM 2017?” el_id=”1483042056728-1a5b2da2-150a”]PUDM 2017 will take place on November 18th and 19th in the France A. Córdova Recreational Sports Center.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”What are some reasons to participate?” el_id=”1483042056830-4b6f1bf9-54f7″]

When you join the PUDM family of dancers, you are positively impacting the children and families of Riley Hospital. On top of that, you will gain an unforgettable experience that cannot be obtained anywhere else during your college career. You’ll network with other dancers and committee members during your time with us, and also develop professional skills that will prepare you for life after Purdue.

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No worries!  You will be put on a color track that you will rotate with the entire marathon.  Before the marathon, you will have events with your color tack captains to get to know people.  This way you can meet new people and make new friends through this experience.

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It will be the most rewarding experience of your life.  When you are at the marathon you feel like you are making an impact so much bigger than yourself.  It is an opportunity for all of campus to unite around the kids and pour their energy into supporting them.  During the night, students make the Riley kids feel like superstars and give them back part of the childhood they did not get.  PUDM will change your life and is something every Boilermaker should experience.

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PUDM doesn’t have any dance requirements.  It is about so much more than dancing. The main focus is supporting the kids at Riley Hospital for Children.  At the actual marathon there are numerous events that take place besides dancing.  For example participants listen to Riley stories, play dancer games like dodgeball, and do Zumba.

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  1. Visit
  2. Choose the option of what you’re trying to accomplish
  3. Walk through the remaining steps to register yourself.
  4. Encourage other friends to join
  5. Start fundraising!

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Riley Hospital for Children is a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital located in Indianapolis. It was founded by James Whitcomb Riley in 1924. Riley Hospital is the only hospital in Indiana that is nationally ranked in U.S. News and Worlds Reports 2014-2015 edition of Children’s best hospitals, and is home to the largest pediatric cancer research program in the state.

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Donating online is the most convenient way to give to PUDM and Riley Hospital for Children. To make an online donation, visit our Donate page.

[/vc_toggle][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_toggle title=”Can I mail in a donation by check?” el_id=”1483042058348-84c25e2f-327a”]Of course! Checks can be sent to:

Stewart Center Box 719
128 Memorial Mall
West Lafayette, IN 47906

  • Checks under $250 can be made out to “PUDM”.
  • Checks $250 and over should be made out to “Riley Children’s Foundation”.

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Contact our Vice President of Finance at to resolve this issue.

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Many companies offer an employee giving campaign, allowing for employees to give back to their favorite philanthropic charities and organizations. By following a few steps, you can give double your impact to the kids at Riley Hospital for Children. Click here to learn more corporate giving.

[/vc_toggle][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator style=”double”][vc_custom_heading text=”Fundraising” font_container=”tag:h2|text_align:center” google_fonts=”font_family:Montserrat%3Aregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_toggle title=”What are the fundraising requirements to participate?” el_id=”1430983753868-5bca68e0-5567″]Dancers need to raise $250, Committee Members will need to raise $750, and Committee Chairs will need to raise $1,500 by the marathon[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Someone made a donation, but it is not showing up on my page. How do I fix that?” el_id=”1431367283768-00003d17-89e2″]

Contact our Vice President of Finance at to resolve this issue.

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Fundraising can seem intimidating from the start, but it’s not as scary as it looks.  There are numerous ways to fundraise besides asking people for donations.  You can hold bake sales, car washes, babysit for donations, do chores for donations, or use any talents you have to raise money.

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Absolutely! Visit our fundraising page for some tips to get you started!

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A pYOUdm is a personalized shortened and personalized donation link that you can share with your family and friends through email, social media, and print. When people click on your pYOUdm link, it will take them directly to your donation page.

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Yes. For housekeeping purposes, we ask for you to use your Purdue Career Account username. This will help us keep inventory on who has signed up for one, as well preventing two people from signing up for the same URL.

[/vc_toggle][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_toggle title=”What does a pYOUdm link look like?” el_id=”1483042061700-0262d229-fce4″]A pYOUdm link is hosted in the domain. Your Purdue Career Account is concatenated to this address.

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Once you have submitted the pYOUdm request form, it can take up to 48 hours for it to be approved and generated. If your link has not been generated after this time, please send us a message and we’ll get it activated as soon as possible.

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Anyone with a fundraising page can sign up by filling out a short form.

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Sometimes, typos occur. If someone clicks on a pYOUdm link that has not been registered, it will simply take them to the PUDM donation page, where they still have the opportunity to make a donation.