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Virtual Jagathon raises over $360K for Riley Hospital for Children

Apr 27, 2021
Students on top of sports garage hold signs with Indianapolis skyline in the background.
Jagathon, IUPUI’s annual dance marathon, took a different approach, hosting a 43-hour virtual event spanning three days.Photo by Liz Kaye, Indiana University

Not even a pandemic could keep the “miracle-makers” – IUPUI students who participate in Jagathon – from executing their mission of raising money for patients at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health.

In its 20th year, Jagathon, IUPUI’s annual dance marathon, took a different approach, hosting a 43-hour virtual event spanning three days instead of the traditional 15-hour event at the Campus Center.  A total of 840 Jaguars from 73 different teams participated in the weekend event. And even in a virtual space, some traditions were maintained, including visits and messages from Chancellor Nasser H. Paydar and Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett.

The student leaders of Jagathon gathered at Carroll Stadium for the big reveal of the year’s work – $363,702.25 raised, which represents the fourth largest annual fundraising total for the program in its 20-year existence. 

Two students sit around table with laptops and one student stands in front of a Jagathon banner.
Student stands in front of Jagathon banner and a camera.
Two students dressed up as Jagathon donation cans.
Student sitting in front of a computer screen.
Students wearing masks stand in a line clapping.
Students standing in Carroll Stadium holding hands and listening to a speaker.
Jagathon students display signs in Carroll stadium.
Darrell Pirtle kneels next to wagon with a sign in his honor.
Photos By Liz Kaye, Indiana University

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