Mini-THON raises over $41,000 for childhood cancer
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TOWAMENCIN- The gym at North Penn High School was filled with colorful lights, loud music, and students dancing their hearts out on Friday night. The second annual Mini-THON, which raises money for childhood cancer, lasted 12 hours with endless fun for everyone involved. In order to make this night such a success, hours of hard work and campaigning were necessary.
The NPSGA (Student Government Assossication) split into event chairs and six different committees – entertainment, PR, and social media, morale and spirit, finance, sponsors and hospitality, and special events – in order to spread out the duties and get everything accomplished as efficiently as possible.
“The chair members met every other Wednesday but have been in constant contact with each other since the planning began earlier this year,” said chair member Emily Chapman.
After the opening remarks, the event kicked off with a flash mob with those involved in the spring musical, Jacob and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. They showcased choreography along to one of the many songs in their upcoming production. The main event of the night was dancing, including an original line dance every hour on the hour. The night was broken up, though, with many games that pitted students of different grades against each other. Some of the activities included ‘Don’t forget the lyrics,’ volleyball, dodgeball, and mat ball.
“It was really cool that everyone could go and do their own thing all night,” said junior Jackie Morrow. “You could really tell everyone was enjoying themselves.”
In between all of the dancing and games, seven junior and senior boys competed to be crowned Mr. Mini-Thon, similar to the retired Mr. North Penn. After three question and answer sessions, a group line dance, and a modeling show, students took to the twitter polls, and ultimately voted senior Udit Patel as Mr. Mini-THON.
“Some highlights for me were definitely Mr. Mini-THON and the grand total reveal,” said Chapman, “but a personal highlight was the activity of the student body. It was so great to have everyone dancing and standing for the children who can’t. All in all, the event was a great success and I was honored to run it.”
To close out the night, all of the chair and committee members gathered on stage to announce the total amount of money raised for the kids. As a whole, NPHS raised a total of $41,132.37, which surpassed the intended goal of $40,000, to donate to Four Diamonds to aid in their fight against pediatric cancer. Mr. Kyle Berger, Director of Student Activities, reflected on the turnout of the second annual Mini-THON.
“It was incredible to see so many students having a great time all night long here at North Penn for such a great cause,” explained Berger. “Knowing that each student helped contribute to us reaching our goal of raising over $40,000 for Four Diamonds makes me really proud to have been part of Mini-THON.”