Bethlehem Area School District students are making a significant difference in the fight against pediatric cancer through a series of special events they call miniTHON, a student managed fundraising program that is modeled after Penn State University’s THON.
Students work individually as well as in committee’s to host fundraisers all year long such as car washes, a 5K Fun Color Run and 1K Fun Color Run for kids, an Annual Golf Tournament as well as a minature Golf Tournament for kids, an outside summer movie night, a Zumbathon, Bingo night, SuperHero Party Night, Dad and Daughter Dance, a Spaghetti Dinner, Planetarium Laser Rock Shows, Santa’s Workshop for Parents to have a date night out, and many restaurant nights. In the past three years, BASD miniTHON has raised more than $180,000 for the Four Diamonds Fund for pediatric cancer which provides support to families and provides money for worldwide oncology research.
To help raise the money and foster community partnerships, students connect with local business’s to sponsor the events. BASD corporate committee has assembled a full packet of information and sponsorship tiers for the entire year of events.
BASD miniTHON students from Liberty and Freedom High Schools also collaborate to host district wide elementary school events called mini miniTHONS. This generates extra excitement and funds that also carries through to the middle schools.
In the last year BASD miniTHON has been recognized by the Four Diamonds as the “Outstanding Fundraiser of the Year” award and the Eastern Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals has awarded BASD miniTHON with the “Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Award”.