With 60 pounds of ground beef and lots of chili mix, Dance Marathon members began cooking at 11 a.m. to prepare for the Chili Dinner at the FIJI house Wednesday.
While the event encouraged involvement from the greek community, President of the Dance Marathon Kelli Martin said there were students in attendance from many Ball State University organizations.
"It was good to see everyone hanging out together and enjoying chili that benefits the Riley kids," she said.
Student Government Association President Beth Cahill even came out in the cold to eat hot chili and support Dance Marathon.
"SGA already has a team for the Dance Marathon coming up in a few weeks," she said. "Overall, it is really important to support every organization on campus and I wanted to represent my sorority Alpha Chi Omega," she said.
All proceeds from the Chili Dinner benefit Riley Hospital for Children in addition to the money raised at the Dance Marathon on Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. until 6 a.m. the following day.
"If there is anything to support, it's Riley's," Cahill said. "Children have a huge chunk of my heart."
Even parents understood the importance of the Chili Night at FIJI.
FIJI member and Dance Marathon executive member Michael Bramer asked for help of his mother Meg Bramer and friend Kathy Coles from Hanover, Ind. who traveled to Muncie to cook the chili for the dinner.
Bramer said meeting all the students was the best part of cooking the dinner.
Freshman public relations major and Dance Marathon member Alix Sappington said she was excited that the dinner was only $5 for an all-you-can-eat homemade meal.
"I love that parents came in to make it for us and not just donated by a restaurant," she said. "That made it really special."
What: Fundraiser supporting Riley Hospital for Children
When: Feb. 26 and 27 from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Where: L.A. Pittenger Student Center Ballroom
How: Register at bsudmdancer.weebly.com or visit the Dance Marathon table at the Atrium in the Art and Journalism Building