What is Mini-THON?
Everything we do is for the kids.
LMHS Mini-THON is an official part of Penn State Dance Marathon (THON). THON is the largest student-run philanthropy organization in the world, with all proceeds going to help fight pediatric cancer at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center.
Our Mini-THON is a non-profit, annual fundraiser consisting of a 12-hour, no-sitting event. The participants, called "dancers", are high school students of all grades, who raise a minimum amount in order to participate. Some of the highlights of Mini-THON include family hour, the grade-vs-grade lip-sync and dance competitions, and the wall of hands. Several Four Diamonds Families have graciously joined our LMHS Mini-THON family, and they spend time with us during the event to share stories of the hardships pediatric cancer has caused their families. Points are allotted for each game and at the end of Mini-THON we announce a winning grade. At the end of the evening, the numbers are lifted, revealing the total amount of money raised.
The motto of THON is "FTK". Everything we do is "For The Kids". Whether we are approaching businesses for donations, putting in long hours planning Mini-THON, or standing without rest for 12 hours, the kids fighting cancer are our inspiration.
More information on THON can be found here.
Anyone. All students are encouraged to come to Mini-THON. The entertainment, food, shirts, and activities are all free with your fundraising. When you come to Mini-THON, you will be given a T-Shirt in your grade's colors (Freshmen = Pink, Sophomores = Green, Juniors = Gold, Seniors = Blue) to identify you both as a Mini-THON "dancer" and as a representative of your grade for the competitions. Students with bandanas indicate captains. Captains are designated Mini-THON participants who have spent months planning Mini-THON. At the event, they are responsible for helping to run the games and keep everything on schedule. Captains are chosen following an interview process in the spring preceding Mini-THON. If you have any questions, they are the people to ask.