Remarkably successful Mini Thon soars past its fundraising goal!

| February 12, 2014

High School - Mini Thon - goalWEBThe original fundraising goal was $6,000, but that was very quickly surpassed as the outstanding efforts of Solanco High School students and staff in the Mini Thon all-night dance have generated more than $21,000 for the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital! The money will be used in the prevention and treatment of childhood cancer.
Solanco’s first-ever Mini Thon fundraiser was organized by juniors in the Solanco High School Class of 2015. In the photo, Travis Hoover, Carly Allport, Donna Montgomery and Nolan Quinn celebrate the extraordinary results of the Mini Thon fundraiser! They say they are “very excited” by the success of the fundraiser, especially in its first year!

High School - Mini Thon - locks of loveWEB
Math teacher and junior class advisor Brenda Lloyd expressed her appreciation to the students, high school staff, parents, community members and local businesses whose hard work and support made the fundraiser so successful. More than 300 high school students and 100 middle school students participated in the overnight Mini Thon on Friday, February 7 to Saturday, February 8. In addition to dancing, there were games and many other fun and important activities. Thirteen people participated in Locks of Love hair cuts in which their hair will be used to make wigs for cancer patients (photo).

In addition, several Four Diamonds Fund families attended and spoke to attendees at the Mini Thon. There was also a luminary lighting ceremony in honor of cancer survivors and in memory of those who have been lost to cancer. “Powerful” is how Brenda Lloyd described the outdoor lighting ceremony.
High School - Mini THon - cardsWEBAnother activity involved hundreds of students making Valentine’s Day cards for patients at Penn State Hershey’s Children Hospital (photo). The students wrote messages of support and love in each of the 500 cards and they have been mailed.
Plans are already underway for next year’s Mini Thon. The same students who made this year’s event so successful will head-up the planning and organization of the 2015 Mini Thon while at the same time training younger high school students to ensure that the Mini Thon will continue to provide valuable support for the Four Diamonds Fund and cancer patients in the future!

Category: Community Happenings, Featured Stories, High School News

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Keith Kaufman is the Director of Community Relations for Solanco School District. 786-5617.

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