Upper St. Clair High School students and staff raised $17,531 during its first ever Mini-THON - far exceeding their $10,000 goal.
The 12-hour event began at 6 p.m. Friday, April 21 and ended at 6 a.m. on Saturday, April 22. Mini-THON kicked-off with a three-hour Community Hours from 6-9 p.m. Friday - providing an opportunity for the entire Upper St. Clair community to participate in the event.
Mini-THON raised money for the Four Diamonds organization, an organization that assists children who are battling cancer and their families at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital.
Admission to the Community Hours event is FREE. High school clubs and athletic teams will sponsor various family-friendly games and activities as well as refreshments for purchase. In addition, a DJ will provide entertainment in the large gym.
“Community hours are offered to bring the entire community together to help fight against childhood cancer,” senior Megan Kramer said. “The Four Diamonds slogan, For The Kids (FTK), truly represents our purpose in hosting our first annual Mini-THON.”
Mini-THON raises money for the Four Diamonds organization, an organization that assists children who are battling cancer and their families at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital. Upper St. Clair High School kicked off its five-month campaign to raise $10,000 in November. The 12-hour Mini-THON celebration is the culminating event.
“During community hours we have a special assortment of more than 30 different stands from a fajita stand to a mini golf game to a gladiator sword fight,” senior Eric Lehman said. “We want the community to come enjoy themselves by playing all the games and supporting USC’s fight against childhood cancer.”
The organizers of the USC Mini-THON and related events are seniors and Super Mentors Stephen Cuddy, Mac Dominick, Megan Kramer, Eric Lehman and Allie Ryave. Super Mentors help lead a team of junior and senior mentors that assist freshmen with the transition from middle school to high school. Thomas Marquis, school counselor; Mike Funfar, mathematics teacher; and Amanda Haas, mathematics teacher, serve as faculty advisors.
“We are most excited about leaving our legacy on the school, while raising money for such a good cause,” senior Stephen Cuddy said. “This event is centered around fundraising for pediatric cancer research and assisting the families in need, and we are overjoyed to be in a position to help. But, we are also trying to unite the student body while creating an event that is inclusive for the whole community and will last for years to come.”
Although community hours end at 9 p.m., more than 250 Upper St. Clair High School students will continue with activities throughout the night.
“Our night is going to be jam-packed with fun and exciting events,” senior Allie Ryave said. “Some of my favorites are minute to win it games, dances from our girls and boys soccer teams, a luminary walk, a badminton tournament, a glow in the dark hour, and much more.”
In November, high school students attended an assembly to learn more about the initiative, the Four Diamonds organization and how Upper St. Clair High School can make a difference. The assembly morphed into a Mini-THON pep rally, followed by a 37-team volleyball tournament that raised nearly $2,000.
Additional fundraising events have included a SHOP@USC snowman contest, car wash and photo booths at school dances. To date, nearly $3,500 of the $10,000 goal has been raised. In addition, a Chick-fil-A Spirit Night was held April 17, where 15 percent of sales will be donated to the Upper St. Clair Mini-THON.
“Upper St. Clair students and staff have been extremely excited for this event,” senior Mac Dominick said. “There has already been a huge following from local businesses to give food or money. Our whole motto is “for the kids”, and it’s amazing to see the community is getting involved to help support our cause.”
Mini-THONs are modeled after Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, or THON, the world’s largest student-run charity. The money is used to drive the discovery of new and improved treatments for childhood cancer, through funding more than 70 pediatric cancer research team members at Penn State College of Medicine; and to ensure that every child is treated for cancer at Penn State Children’s Hospital without any out-of-pocket costs for their families.
During the 2015-16 school year, more than 70,000 elementary, middle and high school student volunteers in 235 schools across five states teamed up to raise $5,526,281.63 to fight childhood cancer through Four Diamonds Mini-THONs.
For more information about the USC Mini-THON, including how you can support this effort, please contact Tom Marquis, school counselor, at 412-833-1600 ext. 2406 or email@example.com
and/or Brooke Tarcson, activities coordinator, at 412-833-1600 ext. 2264 or firstname.lastname@example.org