UNITE for MiniTHON’s year long fundraising efforts for the Four Diamonds fund concluded this past weekend with an unprecedented $61,637 total amount. This was $16,000 more than last year’s total. The final amount raised was revealed at 6 am. after the all-night dance party.
Students at Warwick High School have been raising funds since last summer. They sponsored major events such as the talent show and a 5K race. The majority of the funds raised came from the student body itself, who contributed a minimum of $50 to attend the event. Six students raised over $1,000 individually, including freshman Dakota Miller, who is a cancer survivor himself and has direct experience with Four Diamonds.
This year’s MiniTHON event had approximately 278 attendees including family speakers who have been directly impacted by Four Diamonds. The Encore Dance Company and the WHS Pep Band performed during the community hour, which included a dunk tank, bounce houses and other games for the public to enjoy.
For the all-night portion of the event, there were more than 30 crockpot food stations that were donated by various families. Dodgeball, soccer, trivia, and a scavenger hunt were available. All of these activities were sponsored by different clubs at the high school like Spanish Honor Society, National Honor Society, Interact, Student Council, and Aevidum.
Around 4 a.m. service and family-owned dogs arrived in the courtyard for students to receive “puppy love” and motivation for the last few hours of the event.
MiniTHON started at Warwick High School in 2010 as a student project in a seminar class and has grown considerably in the last eight years. Warwick is proud of the students who are able to give back to the community.
The Four Diamonds fund supports families suffering from pediatric cancer. The organization covers 100% of all medical expenses related to cancer care not covered by insurance for eligible Four Diamonds children. Learn more about Four Diamonds.