2022 Mini-THON Recap

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Carly S.

LDHS held its annual Mini-THON event from Friday, March 18th to Saturday, March 19th. The all-night event began at 7:00 PM and ended at 7:00 AM. Families were welcome to attend until 11:00 PM.

This year’s Mini-THON was particularly special because it was the first “normal” Mini-THON held since 2019. The 2020 Mini-THON was unfortunately canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the 2021 Mini-THON was held outdoors for ten hours rather than the usual twelve. This year’s event was a huge success with an attendance of hundreds of students as well as many adult volunteers.

What is Mini-THON?

Mini-THON is a shorter version of Penn State’s THON, which is forty-six hours long. The purpose of Mini-THON is to raise money for the Four Diamonds, an organization that helps families of children with pediatric cancer. The Four Diamonds uses the donations they receive to guarantee the best quality care for their patients, pay the costs of treatment so the families don’t have to, and work on research to find a cure for cancer.

Activities

Mini-THON had a multitude of activities for participants to enjoy throughout the night. Some of the activities that took place included sports tournaments, yard games, an inflatable obstacle course, movies, hair trimming, the Mr. Mini-THON assembly, Zumba, a prom fashion show, board games, face painting, Iron Chef, the Falcon Idol competition, and more. There was also a DJ for the entire night as well as a photo booth for most of the night. In other words, there was a little something for everyone to enjoy.

Mini-THON attendees enjoying a performance. — Photo by Carly S.

Mr. Mini-THON

Mr. Mini-THON is a competition between ten senior boys. This year’s candidates were Liam Carney, Jack Francis, Joe Frank, Luke Gibbs, Conor Grubb, Dylan Hassinger, Blake Kelley, Max Klingensmith, Luke Woltman, and Sam Woltman. Whichever candidate raised the most money for the Four Diamonds was crowned Mr. Mini-THON. Before the winner was announced, the boys held multiple performances involving dancing, singing, and skits. At the end of the assembly, Joe Frank was crowned Mr. Mini-THON for 2022. In total, the ten boys raised $25,000 — a new record for Mr. Mini-THON!

Mr. Mini-THON candidates posing for a photo. — Photo by @ldhsmmt on Instagram

The Final Reveal

At the end of the twelve-hour event, this year’s grand total was announced. Thanks to all of the fundraisers held as well as all of the generous donors’ contributions, LDHS raised a whopping $140,004.57 for the kids!

Mini-THON captains revealing the grand total of $140,004.57. — Photo by Carly S.