Image from KC Mini-THON Facebook
Image from KC Mini-THON Facebook

Usually when someone hears the word “THON” they think of the largest student-run philanthropy in the world at Penn State University. However, Mini-THONs have become a part of many other college campuses.

King’s College started their own THON two years ago called KC Mini-THON, which is a six hour dance marathon that benefits the Four Diamonds Fund, a charity that assists pediatric cancer patients and their families. Since then the college raised more than $50,000 for pediatric cancer.

Mini-THONs are important fundraisers for the organization. The Four Diamonds Fund website reads, “With over 188 schools and 30 thousand student participants throughout the region, Mini-THONs are bringing hope to families in need and creating a legacy of service within their community.”

Public relations co-captain for KC Mini-THON, Eryn Harvey, explained how Mini-THON works.

“The students involved in this event will take part in a no-sitting mini dance marathon that will last for six hours,” Harvey said. “Students have to sign up weeks in advance to become a dancer, which requires raising $60 and signing a form that states they will remain standing for six hours.”

Harvey also explained that before the dancers arrive to KC Mini-THON they get a t-shirt that they need to wear during the event. When they arrive to the event they are put into four groups, based on the color of their shirt. The purpose of the groups is to keep track of which teams win events throughout the night.

“One of the most common questions asked is ‘do you dance for the full six hours?’” Harvey said. “No, there are so many activities going on, dancing is just one. Other activities include haircutting, Zumba, basketball and volleyball tournaments, karaoke and much more.”

The event will be held from 6 p.m. Friday, Mar. 18, to 12 a.m. on Saturday, Mar. 19, in the William Scandlon Physical Education Center, N. Main Street, Wilkes-Barre.

For more information please contact Eryn Harvey at (570) 606-5596, or Caryn Wielgopolski at (570) 762-5726. Furthermore, feel free to contact John McAndrew johnmcandrew@kings.edu.