DeSales Alpha Phi Omega Hosting First Mini-THON to Help Fight Pediatric Cancer

by Janelle Hill | Feb 07, 2017



Students will dance the night away for a good cause at DeSales University’s first Mini-THON. Alpha Phi Omega is hosting the Four Diamonds Mini-THON from Friday, February 17, at 10:00 p.m. to Saturday, February 18, at 8:00 a.m. in McShea Commons. 

“Our president came up with the idea after sourcing for different event ideas for the club,” says Leslie Myers ’17, vice president of service for the co-ed fraternity. “She kind of got everything in motion.” 

Myers, Amanda Kaschak, and Nicole Venusto have spent the past few weeks organizing the event, which is modeled after Penn State’s IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (THON). All of the money raised goes to The Four Diamonds Fund, which works to defeat pediatric cancer. 

If you’re not a fan of dancing, don’t worry. You don’t actually have to bust a move. “You just make a commitment to not sit down. You just have to be on your feet,” Myers says. There will be a DJ and plenty of games to keep participants going, including tug of war, ping-pong, a frisbee toss, and hungry hungry hippos. There will also be free food available from the DUC and Now That’s Italian in Coopersburg. Freshmen can earn a Character U civic point by attending.

Myers is hoping to raise $2,000 and get at least 100 students on board. “What we're aiming to do is have everyone donate $5 and we want everyone's personal goal to be $25. We would really love it if everyone who signs up could contact their family and friends to raise $20.” Members of Alpha Phi Omega from Muhlenberg College and Cedar Crest College will also be taking part.

The fraternity is also hosting a Pie in the Face fundraiser on Monday, February 13, at 4:30 p.m. in the McShea Student Union. Members of the student life staff have volunteered to take a pie to the face. All proceeds benefit Mini-THON.

Anyone interested in attending Mini-THON should register in advance here. For more information, contact Leslie Myers at

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