Mini-THON participants dance together during the finale of the fundraiser, wearing their black “Ignite the Fight” against pediatric cancer event T-shirts. Dancing up front are senior classmates Fiona Bennett, Cassie Kelly and Brooke Piazza. Earlier in the Mini-THON dancers wore T-shirts in various single colors for six teams led by teacher coaches with the same “Ignite the Fight” logo. The black T
Athena Estephan is comforted by her mother Melissa, a “security detail” member, at the Mini-THON, during the final hours of the 24-hour, two-day dance marathon. Melissa said her daughter was “not feeling well” during the popular Mini-THON event which she has participated in every year and wanted to finish as a senior.
Diamond hand signs are made by Notre Dame seniors Sophia Maccho and Jarod Herman along with other dancers. The diamond is symbolic of the Penn State Four Diamonds Fund which supports the fight against pediatric cancer with research and assistance to cancer patients.
PRESS PHOTOS BY TIM GILMANNotre Dame Mini-THON participants hold up placards with the record-breaking sum of $74,320 at the Saturday finale of the 24-hour dance marathon Feb. 17 and 18. Last year’s event raised $65,000 for the fight against pediatric cancer.
1437 Allan Milkovitz and Mario Gordan play quoits in a session of games (or games break) during the 24-hour Mini-THON.
Jakob Stubitz takes a selfie with classmate Matt Huyet and an Imperial Stormtrooper. Alumnus Phillip Carrington, who also graduated from Penn State and danced in its 46-hour THON, wore his own Stormtrooper costume to the local dance marathon. Phillip’s father, John Carrington, is a theology teacher at the high school and is a faculty assistant at the 24-hour dance fundraiser.
1467 Kelly Lynch and Sara Medei dance, wearing two of the six single color event t-shirts which designate which dance marathon teams the participants are on.
Nicholas Kummer, a 10th grade participant, gets a pep talk from his mother, Patti Kummer of Allentown, in the final hours of the marathon.
Ben Carlin, a ninth grader, has a refreshing drink during the second day of the 24-hour Mini-THON.
Nicholas Ardilla, a newcomer to the Mini-THON as a ninth-grader, enjoys a sandwich break during the event.
‘We dance for the kids’
‘We dance for the kids’
During the Mini-THON Feb. 18, the recently renovated Notre Dame HS gymnasium rocked with music for the 350 dancers and the bleachers were filled with their families and patrons of the annual fundraiser event.
Cheryl Fenton, coordinator of the Notre Dame Mini-THON and the school’s advancement director, led the celebration from the gymnasium stage and was dressed for the dance in a green tutu.
A roar erupted from the packed gymnasium when the total of $74,320 raised was revealed by Mini-THON participants hoding up individual placards with the long-awaited numerals. Next year will be the 10th anniversary of the Notre Dame Mini-THON.
An estimated $475,000 has been raised since the annual Mini-THON at Notre Dame. Penn State University students have raised a reported $136 million since its first THON in 1997. Funds support pediatric cancer research and childcare assistance at the Penn State Children’s Hospital in Hershey.
The Notre Dame Mini-THON, unlike some of the other high school dance marathons, requires participants to remain on their feet throughout the 24-hour, two-day event which started Friday, Feb. 17 at 5:30 p.m.
The popular dance marathon is organized by the Notre Dame Student Council with faculty assistance. The high school in Bethlehem Township is part of the Catholic Diocese of Allentown.