Baldwin High School held its first Mini-THON, an all-night fundraiser to fight childhood cancer, from 6 p.m. on Friday, March 15, to 6 a.m. on Saturday, March 16.
High school Mini-THONS are a national movement based on Penn State's THON childhood cancer fundraiser. Activities at Baldwin's Mini-THON included a school talent show, a dance featuring DJ Steve Maffei Jr., painting with art teacher Cheri Foote, yoga, basketball and speedball tournaments, games, a pizza dinner, and a light breakfast.
The fundraising goal for this first Mini-THON was $5,000. Students and staff raised nearly triple the goal, with a grand total of $14,598.62.
The public was invited for the opening event of the Mini-THON: the school talent show. Audience members voted for their favorite talent show performer by donating money to Mini-THON on behalf of that performer.
Special shout-outs go to The Pizza Company, which donated all of the pizzas for the evening, and Schneider's Dairy, which donated orange drink and iced tea. Another shout-out goes to Paynter Elementary School, where students raised about a thousand dollars for the high school Mini-THON.
Dozens of students and 11 staff members had been planning the event and fundraising throughout the school year. About 80 students attended the event. Caroline Babik, Cassie Bartus, Jason Dolak, Tina Gaser, Doug Graff, Keith Harrison, Rebecca Michalski, Rachel Murrman, Tom Simcho, Rachel Sprouse, and Leah Younkins organized the Mini-THON. The inspirational slogan for all Mini-THONS is "For The Kids." Baldwin Mini-THON staff and student organizers used this slogan for motivation all year long in planning this event.
Organizers believe the BHS Mini-THON showcased the very best of Baldwin High School and they plan to make it an annual tradition.