Mini-THON is adapted from Penn State’s renowned THON event which is noted as the world’s largest student-run philanthropy. Instead of a 46-hour long dance marathon like the original THON, Mini-THON is an action-packed night of activities from 6 p.m. to midnight.
Ursinus registered for its first Mini-THON in 2016 after the committee members heard about THON at Penn State and wanted to get Ursinus involved in making a difference in the fight against pediatric cancer. Last year they raised $5,733 for the Four Diamonds, a charity whose goal is to “conquer childhood cancer.”
Betsy Higgins ’20, chair of social media for this year’s Mini-THON, says that she plans to pursue a career in the medical field, making a direct impact on other’s lives.
“Mini-THON allows me the chance to make a difference in a sick child’s life right now. After hearing the story about Mini-THON, I knew I had to become involved in this amazing program,” Higgins says.
This year Ursinus students went above and beyond with more than 100 additional participants and more than $9,000 raised. Groups from all over campus joined in the festivities including the UC Ambassadors, resident advisers, members of Greek organizations and several athletic teams.
The theme for the night was “superheroes” and the decorations, dance moves and spirit reflected that as Ursinus students rose to the occasion to make a difference and become #PartnersInTheFight. –By Mary Lobo ’15