ROXBURY, NJ - Ten Roxbury High School students and their advisors were recently recognized, at a Mini-THON Leadership Summit, for their fundraising achievement.
The students and advisors Mike Gottfried and Reid Meeker were recognized by Four Diamonds Mini-THON® at the Aug. 4 event in Hershey, Pa. Awards were given to schools who excelled in their local Mini-THON® through areas including social media use, faculty participation and fundraising.
“We are ecstatic to share that Roxbury was recognized several times throughout the summit," said Gottfried. "We were given a special shout-out for our significant use of the online registration system - Donor Drive, where we were invited to speak about our success. Roxbury’s Mini-THON was also featured in this year’s recap video (at 2:00) and, most exciting, Roxbury won the “Excellence in Fundraising" Award for our tremendous growth, nearly tripling 2016’s total. This is one of nine awards given across all 265 schools.”
Gottfried went on to say, “We were blown away by this honor, but everyone’s dedication is certainly deserving of this award. In addition, we received significant praise from the Four Diamonds staff for our development, outstanding assembly, event, student participation and success - especially considering we were out of state. At the Summit, it was also shared that Four Diamonds’ goal is to spread research/treatment to hospitals outside of PA, so it’s possible in the coming years this cause will be closer to home.
“These achievements would not have been possible without the district’s efforts and support for mini-THON. Through interacting with advisors, we realized more than ever that school leaders have a direct influence on the success and growth of the cause in each district. A big kudos and thank you to all who participated or supported in any capacity, as we fight For The Kids (FTK) to find a cure.”
Roxbury joined more than 800 high school and middle school student leaders and nearly 200 advisors at the annual Mini-THON® Leadership Summit to share best practices, celebrate successes and inspire each other to continue the fight to conquer childhood cancer.
Gottfried provided further insight into the summit.
“Throughout the day, students attended breakout sessions to further develop their committees, brainstorm new ideas/initiatives, and network with over 1,100 students representing a large portion of the 265 schools that participate in mini-THON. Our captains loved the experience, have developed a stronger understanding of what it takes to be a successful leader, and are determined to take next year to a level beyond what we thought possible. They are eager to get to work, and spent the entire two and a half hour ride home debriefing, sharing ideas, and planning for 2018. They will share their experiences with fellow captains and committee members at our first meeting in September.”
Mini-THON®s are modeled after the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, or THONTM, the world’s largest student-run charity. This new wave of philanthropy has raised nearly $30 million since 1993 to support families fighting childhood cancer.
The funds are used to drive the discovery of new and improved treatments for childhood cancer by funding more than 80 pediatric cancer research team members at the Penn State College of Medicine. Dollars raised through Mini-THON® also ensure that every child treated for cancer at Penn State Children’s Hospital has no out-of-pocket costs for their family. Four Diamonds covers the cost of childhood cancer care that is not covered by insurance so families can focus on their child getting better.
More than 90,000 student volunteers in 265 schools across eight states teamed up to raise $6,461,295.50 to fight childhood cancer through Four Diamonds Mini-THON® s during the 2016/2017 school year, nearly $1 million increase from the previous year.
Sarah Waldron, the RHS Mini-THON president was among a few selected to help with the big reveal at the Summit. Roxbury High School excelled in fundraising this year by increasing fundraising over last year by an astonishing 251 percent.
“The Roxbury Mini-THON® team exemplifies the leadership and character of the Mini-THON® program and has proven to be role models for their peers,” said Gail Franssetta, Assistant Director of Four Diamonds at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.
Roxbury Schools Superintendent Loretta Radulic and Assistant Superintendent Chuck Seipp couldn’t agree more.
Radulic shared, “We are very fortunate to have passionate and inspiring leaders working with our students to make the impossible become possible. We are very proud of their dedication and commitment to such a worthwhile cause.”
“Mini-THON has been an incredibly successful effort at RHS due their dedication and perseverance. The students and advisors should be proud of their efforts to help others and represent Roxbury in the most positive light. Job well done!” said Seipp.