ADAMS TWP -- Mars High School's first Mini-THON raised more than $7,200 on Friday.
The event was modeled on the Pennsylvania State University Interfraternity Council/Penhellenic Dance Marathon, or THON, a 46 hour no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon held each year at Penn State.
The Mars High School Student Council partnered with Four Diamonds to host the event, raising money for children being treated for cancer at Penn State Children's Hospital.
Event co-chair Anna Schauble said even before the event began they had surpassed fundraising expectations.
“We started out with a goal of $5,000 and we've exceeded that,” she said.
The final total was announced as $7,273.32.
Students began filing in and finding their places at various games and an ice cone truck outside.
“It's going to be a night of dancing and painting and video games,” Schauble said.
By 5:30 p.m. students were packing into the school, by then decked out in balloons, games and a bounce house.
After a meal, the students dispersed, heading to play video games or ping pong or dodge ball in the gymnasium.
A painting event began in the cafeteria, with students painting along to an audio recording of Bob Ross.
Activities culminated in a dance later that night followed by a scheduled cup stacking challenge.
All proceeds from the event went to Four Diamonds, a non-profit organization dedicated to funding cancer treatment and research.
Since its inception in 1972, the organization has helped over 4,000 children and families while funding research at Penn State.