Fundraiser at Tibbs Drive-In to benefit Riley Children’s Foundation

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — It’s a chance to bring smiles to children who can certainly use them. Tibbs Drive-In is hosting a fundraiser on Friday for Riley Children’s Foundation.

Rock for Riley, a student-run philanthropy group, normally holds an annual concert to benefit Riley kids. The pandemic canceled a few events in the spring, so they decided to have a movie night at Tibbs-Drive In.

Their last fundraiser was in 2018. They raised $1,000 to help kids at Riley Hospital for Children. This year, Rock for Riley is funding an area of the hospital that specifically allows money to go to various departments that are most in need.

The group consists of many IU medical students in Indianapolis. One of those students is Kaylee Tutrow, who is a Riley kid herself.

“My brother and I both have a genetic connect tissue disorder,” she said. “That caused a grouping of other disorders and because of that I have seen probably seen a dozen physicians at Riley Hospital for Children. I am even still seeing a physician at Riley while I am in medical school. But that experience really inspired me to continue to give back because I have seen the immense impact that physicians there really do make on patients.”

The goal is to raise $2,500. The group has already collected $1,900 from donors.

Tickets are free to the double feature event of Grease followed by Dirty Dancing, but reservations are required. If you’d like to make a reservation, click here.

The group is taking extra cautions due to COVID-19. The event will be half capacity and cars will be 20 feet apart. People are encouraged to stay in their cars but if they get out, masks must be on.

Instead of paying for a ticket, the group asks that you consider making a donation to support better treatments and support services for patients. The event starts at 7 p.m. on Friday night.