UNITE for MiniTHON

By on May 14, 2014

Support the fight against pediatric cancer

In a day when most high school kids get a bad rap from adults, a small but mighty group of students have fought hard this year for a cause they believe in.

Cumulating a year-long project, the service club UNITE is sponsoring a 12-hour event at the high school on Friday, May 16 to Saturday, May 17, to raise money for the Four Diamonds Fund to fight pediatric cancer. Modeled on Penn State University’s successful THON campaign, Warwick’s MiniTHON will donate all the funds raised by attendees to Four Diamonds. Each student has been asked to raise $50 to attend the event, but UNITE members have raised far more individually. Warwick’s goal is $15,000 this year, which is double last year’s amount.

Members of Warwick High School’s UNITE club were fortunate enough to meet Charles Millard, (right) the founder of the Four Diamonds Fund, at Penn State’s THON earlier this spring.  Pictured with Millard (left to right) are Monika Roschell, Gabe Taylor and Wyatt Kurtz-Deutsch.

Members of Warwick High School’s UNITE club were fortunate enough to meet Charles Millard, (right) the founder of the Four Diamonds Fund, at Penn State’s THON earlier this spring. Pictured with Millard (left to right) are Monika Roschell, Gabe Taylor and Wyatt Kurtz-Deutsch.

Led by a steering committee of seven students, UNITE has worked hard to raise funds for the event so that the students will have a great celebration of their fund raising. Starting last summer, the committee went to a MiniTHON conference in Hershey, and planned an event that has meaning and fun for the students. In February, the committee attended PSU’s THON event, where they met the founder of the Four Diamonds Fund, Charles Millard.

The steering committee members are Allie Arment, Wyatt Kurtz-Deutsch, Monika Roschell, Gabe Taylor, Sara Walbrecht, Sammy Wilson, and Sydney Weit. They have demonstrated their leadership by undertaking this huge event while maintaining their coursework and other activities.

“I’m incredibly proud of these young people. They have used their skills in something larger than themselves, and planned an incredible evening,” advisor Carolyn Hoy said of the team. “There are about 40 really dedicated students in UNITE who have supported this event and raised $9,000 already. We hope to double that by MiniTHON night. This is our second year doing a big event, I will be proud of any amount of money raised.”

At 6 p.m, there will be a Color Run for the Kids starting by the turf field. Participants will learn about the Four Diamonds Fund with their participation.

Starting at 7 p.m. in the Warwick High School gymnasium, the community event portion of MiniTHON will be open to the public. The featured Dunk Tank will include administrators and teachers. There will be food sales, including, Tropical Smoothies, hot dogs, and popcorn, testimonials from Four Diamonds families, and performances Lititz Academy of Dance, and Encore dance group. Local band Let It Ride, two of its members WHS graduates, and Cody Kiefer will also perform. There will be a bouncy castle for kids and a Bungie Run as well.

At 10 p.m., a candle lighting ceremony will conclude the community event, after which the high school students who have raised $50 or more for the Four Diamonds fund will head back into the gym for an all-night celebration.

Warwick UNITE students took this photo at Penn State's epic THON in April.

Warwick UNITE students took this photo at Penn State’s epic THON in April.

Students can bring their fund raising of $50 or more to the door if they haven’t yet signed up to attend. For each $10 raised, the students will receive a raffle ticket for the many door prizes, which will be given out all night.

The all-night event will include a photo booth, partially donated by PhotOle Photo company, pizza and a performance by the local bands. The students will have a fun night with a soccer tournament, Twister game, Plinko, DJ music all night, and rave hour. Students will have the chance to win additional raffle tickets for the many door prizes that have been donated by local businesses, including chances for two iPad Mini tablets.

At the end of the evening (at sunrise) there will be a ceremony and reveal of the funds raised for the Four Diamonds fund.

The public can still donate to this event by going to the Warwick MiniTHON Donor Drive page at bit.ly/1adMeen and choosing a student to support, or by attending the Community Event.

To learn more, visit facebook.com/WHS MiniTHON May16-17, or follow @WarwickMiniTHON on Twitter for the latest updates.

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