MINIthon to make a huge difference

By Juliana McKee and Jane Vitelli, Staff Writers

MHS will host its fourth annual Mini-Thon on March 17 from 2-10 p.m. High schools are modeling Penn State’s THON, a 46-hour dance marathon with the purpose of raising money for the fight against pediatric cancer. The event is sponsored by the Four Diamonds Fund, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to raising money for cures. Over 235 schools host them as well, and have raised more than $5.5 million for the fund in just the 2015-2016 school year alone. 

MHS’s event will feature volleyball, badminton, dodgeball and minute-to-win-it tournaments, Family Feud–hosted by Mr. Ranieri, and a karaoke contest.

Raising over $100,000 in the past three years, members of the committees are proud to share their experiences and why they chose to be a part of the event.

Operations overall Jordan Hilker is very excited for her fourth and final miniTHON at MHS, and believes that it will benefit everyone who participates. She talked about previous fundraisers that have helped them well on their way to reach their goal.

“One of our first fundraisers of the year was our “Movie Under the Stars” in September. We raised a lot of money and it seemed like everyone enjoyed the night.We also had a Wizards game that took place in our gym. It was awesome seeing so many people support MiniTHON and enjoy themselves at the same time.”

Head Overalls Lisa Sortino, Alli Newman and Sarah Rieder oversee what the committee overalls do, tell them what needs to be done, and prepare with a weekly meeting. Sortino shared her thoughts about being part of the event. “I love being part of MiniTHON. I’m proud that I am able to help plan something that makes a difference and has such a big impact on people’s lives.”

Fundraisers occur all throughout the year leading up to the actual event. To get involved, bring in change and have your teachers count it on Stall Day, which will take place the week of miniTHON. They cannot start teaching until all of the money is counted. You can also pay a few extra bucks to get your T-shirt tie dyed by the overalls.