On Saturday evening, Indiana University Dance Marathon brought more than 1,400 people to the Marriott in downtown Indianapolis for our 10th annual Gala event.

The cocktail-styled event included dinner, a silent auction, a live auction, and guest speakers throughout the program.

Some items featured in the silent auction were packages of Riley memorabilia, autographed sports collectables and ticket packages, jewelry, and handmade IU decorations.

Live auction highlights were a custom-made IU coffee table and four destination vacation homes that were also up for bid.

Dr. Mervin Yoder, Director of the Herman B. Wells Center for Pediatric Research, was the first speaker of the evening followed by Riley Lesh and her family, who celebrated her Riley story after she completed her 170th dance marathon earlier in the afternoon.

The Keynote speaker of the evening was Jill Waibel, who helped found IUDM in 1991 to commemorate the life of her close friend, Ryan White.

The evening concluded with a special surprise from Casey Crouse and the #ImForAsh campaign. Crouse is competing in Ironman competitions to help honor the memory of his sister, Ashley Louise Crouse and to raise money through IUDM for Riley Hospital for Children.

The campaign raised just under $12,000 before the night’s ceremonies concluded. 

Overall, the night was a huge success with the company of many committee members, directors, family and friends to help applaud all that IUDM stands for. For The Kids, For Ryan, For Ashley.

I’m Hailey, and I’m FTK!