Image from KC Mini-THON Facebook Students raise money for charity at the first ever KC Mini-THON, held in 2014. The event had 150 dancers.
Image from KC Mini-THON Facebook
Students raise money for charity at the first ever KC Mini-THON, held in 2014. The event had 150 dancers.

What could be better than dancing the night away for a good cause? Students at King’s College intend to do just that, as it approaches its second annual KC Mini-THON, which is a smaller version of Penn State’s THON.

Students raise money to be a dancer at the event, and all of the money goes to an amazing foundation called the Four Diamonds Fund. The Four Diamonds Fund is a fund out of the Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital and helps families of children who are battling pediatric cancer. The families who participate do not have to pay any medical bills or hospital, travel and food expenses.

A Mini-THON raises money over the course of the year by hosting different fundraisers, and the participating students have to raise at least $100 each.

The actual event is a fun 12-hour, no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon. Participants must stay on their feet for the entire event, which starts on a Friday night and ends on Saturday morning.

The name KC mini-THON is specific to King’s College and makes this event that much more special for King’s College students who participate.

The first Mini-THON event was held in 2014 and was an extraordinary success. Students managed to raise $30,021.76, which was well over their goal of $10,000. They succeeded in recruiting 150 dancers, which was also well over their goal of 50 dancers. All of the money raised came from donations that the dancers received and organized fundraisers.

There are numerous different committees that all work together to get the word out about the event and make it a success. They are helped by two advisors, three overall captains, 12 captains, about 40 committee members and 150 dancers.

The goal this year is to recruit at least 250 dancers and raise at least $30,000. The leaders of this year’s event hope for the number of participants to grow.

Students can get involved by visiting the Office of Campus Activities and picking up a dancer packet and filling out the necessary information. The next step is to reach out to fellow students, friends and family to raise at least $100. The last day to sign up is Feb. 27, and the money is due the Friday before KC-Mini THON, which will be held March 27 at 7:00 p.m. until March 28 at 7:00 a.m.