About Jagathon

One campus coming together for one cause. For The Kids.

Dance Marathon is neither a dance nor a marathon; it is a celebration of life. Jagathon has been helping children with life-threatening illnesses for sixteen years, giving financial and emotional support to hundreds of families across Indiana. The money raised through our event is given directly to Riley Hospital for Children through the Children’s Miracle Network.

At IUPUI, we celebrate Dance Marathon the first weekend in March. We listen to music, play games, hang out with the kids and families we support, and even do a bit of dancing.  Dance Marathon is For The Kids- that’s always our focus. Jagathon is a 365 day commitment to raising money for Riley Hospital for Children. With the goal of raising money for Riley comes the yearly celebration of our hard work during Dance Marathon Weekend. In 2017, we raised over $350,000 for the kids. Over the last fifteen years, Jagathon has raised over $760,000 for the kids.

Jagathon will be taking place from 12 PM on March 3rd to 3 AM on March 4th. Please join our efforts by making a donation or by participating in our marathon.

  • Riley Children's Health

    Riley Hospital

    As one of the country's top children's hospitals, Riley Children's Health strives to provide the most advanced care and premier pediatric research in the nation. They provide comprehensive children's care- from the routine to the most complex- in every field of pediatric medicine and surgery. They are nationally ranked by the U.S. News & World Report. The highly skilled physicians are recognized across a number of different specialty areas ensuring that every child will always be in expert hands. Riley brings the highest level of care to children across Indiana with the most innovative treatments and the latest technology. Pioneering new programs and treatment options brings confidence in the level of expertise and experience each child receives every day at Riley.

    Healthcare today is about more than diagnosing and treating problems. At Riley Children's Health, they know that the most effective pediatric care arises from a partnership between patients, families, and clinicians. Starting with the work of the late Dr. Morris Green, who spent 20 years as the physician-in-chief, Riley Children's Health became one of the first hospitals to embrace what is now known as Patient and Family Centered Care. They are committed to a set of patient and family rights that means family members are regarded as partners in care and children are treated with compassion and respect.

    At Riley, they are proud to have helped pioneer an approach that recognizes the important role that families can play in improving children’s health. Their philosophy is summed up in a quote from Dr. Green: “Let all who walk this way know that Indiana cherishes her families, that she loves her children. In this very special haven, no child shall cry unheard … none shall walk alone … and no mother or father shall be friendless.”

  • Meet The Executive Board
     President- Ali Emswiller
    Year in School: Senior
    Fun Fact: I have been zip lining over Fremont Street in Las Vegas!
    Favorite Part of Jagathon: My favorite part is connecting with families and making Riley kids feel like the superheros that they are. I also love empowering people to be a part of something that's bigger than themselves: supporting the kids at Riley. 
     Vice President of External- Malissa Magiera
    Year in School: First Year Law Student
    Fun Fact: I was born with an extra finger.
    Favorite Part of Jagathon: The moments during Jagathon when you realize all the hard work was worth everything that came out of it. 
     Vice President of Finance- Tyler Richardson
    Year in School: Junior
    Fun Fact: I can touch my tongue to my nose!
    Favorite Part of Jagathon: My favorite thing about Jagathon is being surrounded by the absoulte best people and seeing their passion for the cause.
     Vice President of Internal- Shelbie Walker

    Year in School: Junior 
    Fun Fact: I am scared of elevators.
    Favorite Part of Jagathon: We have hundreds of people that unite for the common cause of helping the kids at Riley Hospital for Children that are being treated today and those that will be treated there in the future. 
     Vice President of Membership- Emily Cutcliffe
    Year in School: Senior
    Fun Fact: I can hand whistle any song.
    Favorite Part of Jagathon: Fundraising for the kids with over 1,200 of my closest friends!
     Director of Community Engagement- Rosie Tarlton
    Year in School: Junior
    Fun Fact: I volunteer in the Child Life Zone at Riley Hospital for Chidren. 
    Favorite Part of Jagathon: My favorite thing about Jagathon is all the memories that I make throughout the year while supporting the cause that I am most passionate about. 
     Director of High School Dance Marathons- Claire Ralston
    Year in School: Sophomore
    Fun Fact: I am a Riley kid myself!
    Favorite thing about Jagathon: My favorite thing about Jagathon is the emphasis we put on stewardship towards everyone that interacts with Jagathon. From Riley Families, High School Dance Marathons, and Sponsporships, Jagathon creates opporunities to thank our partners and volunteers.
     Director of Marketing- Akash Khanna
    Year in School: Junior
    Fun Fact: When I was 8 years old, I stole my dad's car and drove around the neighborhood to show off in front of my friends.
    Favorite thing about Jagathon: Listening to all the Riley families talk and the director reveal before the actual reveal.
     Director of Merchandise- Krystyn Flynn
    Year in School: Sophomore
    Fun Fact: Only my middle name has real vowels.
    Favorite thing about Jagathon: Seeing so many amazing people come together for a cause that each and every one of them is passionate about.
      Director of Public Relations- Kelsey Carter
    Year in School: Senior
    Fun Fact: I hate the taste of chocolate and coffee.
    Favorite thing about Jagathon: I love making miracles with people who share the same passion, FTK.
     Director of Accounting- Kelsey Verbarg
    Year in School: Senior
    Fun Fact: I used to be on a jump rope team for over 5 years.
    Favorite thing about Jagathon: My favorite thing about Jagathon is all the wonderful people I have met over the years and being able to see the Riley kids!
      Director of Campus Outreach- Kira Couch
    Year in School: Sophomore
    Fun Fact: I lack an appendix!
    Favorite thing about Jagathon: Getting to do what I love most with the people I love most!
     Director of Fundraising- Jenna DeVoy
    Year in School: Sophomore
    Fun Fact: Performing our Morale dance in front of Twitch and Allison Holker was easily one of the most exciting experiences of my life.
    Favorite thing about Jagathon: Hearing the Riley families moving stories and seeing them smile is one of the most fulfilling things anyone could experience.
     Director of In-Kind Sponsorships- Johnna Belkiewitz
    Year in School: Senior
    Fun Fact: I enjoy playing with my minature goats!
    Favorite thing about Jagathon: I love being able to raisie funds for pediatric research that will continue to help the children of Indiana for generations to come. 
     Director of Monetary Sponsorships- Natalia Bilek
    Year in School: Junior
    Fun Fact: I am a first generation college student!
    Favorite thing about Jagathon: I absolutely love working with a talented group; from the executive board all the way to the dancers who attend. Everyone is motivated and passionate for this cause which allows us to go above and beyond to help the kids at Riley.
     Director of Entertainment- Taylor Cornelius
    Year in School: Sophomore
    Fun Fact: I met Brett Eldredge in Walmart once!
    Favorite thing about Jagathon: I love the family environment. Jagathon is full of super talented, passionate people who are always FTK.
     Director of Logistics- Brooke Ferguson
    Year in School: Junior
    Fun Fact: One time when I was a toddler, I wanted attention at a family event so I shoved M&M's up my nose.
    Favorite thing about Jagathon: My favorite thing about Jagathon is our Riley Talent Show. I get goosebumps and tears watching the kids every year!
     Director of Morale- Abby McComas
    Year in School: Junior
    Fun Fact: I hate the sound of sytrofoam.
    Favorite thing about Jagathon: The morale dance! There is nothing like looking out of a crowd of 1,000 dancers watching them do the dance with you at 2 in the morning. We are a movement!
     Director of Special Ceremonies- Emily Egbers
    Year in School: Junior
    Fun Fact: I can eat entire quart of ice cream in one sitting.
    Favorite thing about Jagathon: I've met some of the most incredible people both from our Riley families, and students on the committee. It's so inspiring to see what a group of college kids can do when they are passionate about a cause!
     Director of Traditions- Kaylee Tutrow
    Year in School: Junior
    Fun Fact: I am rewatching the entire Grey's Anatomy series for the third time!
    Favorite thing about Jagathon: I love hearing the different Riley stories each year at all of our events and seeing the impact their stories have on our dancers and committee.
     Director of Committee Relations- Alex Bazjatt
    Year in School: Senior
    Fun Fact: I have a dog that understands Spanish!
    Favorite thing about Jagathon: I love getting to spend time with our amazing Riley families! Seeing the smiles on their faces is the greatest feeling in the world!
     Director of Dancer Relations- Shai Dean
    Year in School: Senior
    Fun Fact: I participated in an exchange student program to Japan one summer in high school.
    Favorite thing about Jagathon: My favorite thing about Jagathon is all the hard-working, passionate people you meet that are all working towards the same goal, raising money FTK.
     Director of Family Relations- Kori Bowen
    Year in School: Sophomore
    Fun Fact: My sister and I are both Riley kids!
    Favorite thing about Jagathon:My favorite thing about Jagathon is being able to help make miracles happen for Riley kids of the past, present, and future. I love being able to give back to the hopsital that saved my life!
     Director of Recruitement- Ryan Nail
    Year in School: Senior
    Fun Fact: Sarcasm is my preferred language.
    Favorite thing about Jagathon: I love the opportunities that our year-long work and fundraising helps provide for the kids and families at Riley Hospital for Children! 
  • Children’s Miracle Network

    Children’s Miracle Network

    Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) is a non-profit organization comprised of over 170 premier children’s hospitals across the US and Canada. Some things you should know about CMN:

    • Every year, CMN hospitals treat 17 million children for every disease and injury imaginable, making them the most impactful children’s organization in the world.

    • CMN’s dollars stay local and help benefit children and families treated at Riley Hospital for Children.

    • These funds are used for pediatric research and patient enhancements such as entertainment systems at the bedside, books, and games. All of this is to create a home within the hospital for each child and family.

    As you can see, CMN helps create a more comfortable experience at the hospitals. For more information, please check out www.childrensmiraclenetworkhospitals.org.

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