Successful MiniTHON easily surpasses its original fundraising goal

| February 22, 2017

Mini Thon - leadershipSolanco has had another incredibly successful MiniTHON! This year’s event at the high school raised more than $15,000, far surpassing the $10,000 goal that had been originally established. The funds have been donated to Four Diamonds at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital to be used for prevention and treatment of pediatric cancer, and to support families impacted by childhood cancer. Congratulations to the student MiniTHON leadership team of, left to right in the photo, Kelly Cook, Audrey Crandall, Emily Mellinger and Emily Duvall, and all students and staff who participated and played an important role in the event’s success.

The MiniTHON was held at the high school from Friday evening, February 17, to Saturday morning, February 18. It’s an all-night dance for students with many other activities and games, including basketball, volleyball, dodgeball, relay races and tug-of-war. Students were on their feet and active for 12 hours in recognition of the struggles confronting children with pediatric cancer.

During the MiniTHON, students had the opportunity to have their hair cut by hair stylists so the hair can be used to make wigs for children with cancer. The Solanco MiniTHON partners with Pantene as Pantene does not charge cancer patients for its hair pieces.

Mini Thon - luminaryA poignant luminary lighting ceremony in honor of those who have battled childhood cancer was held Friday evening (photo). Parents and other community members joined students and teachers in this moving ceremony during which luminaries could be purchased for $5. They were placed and lit along sidewalks at the high school.

The Solanco MiniTHON expresses its appreciation to the many local businesses and individuals whose valuable donations helped make the MiniTHON a remarkable success.


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

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