PirateThon Raises Over $9,000 for The Valerie Fund

By Sahil Sharma,
Stillman News Writer

With the end of the semester getting closer and closer, Seton Hall students recently completed their biggest volunteer effort thus far with the completion of PirateThon, the annual 12-hour dance marathon that raised money for pediatric cancer patients. Several Stillman students helped organize the event, which was held in the Main Lounge in the University Center on the night of February 20 and lasted until the morning of the February 21.

Students from the Gerald P. Buccino ’63 Center for Leadership Development, as well as several students organized the event across campus. They attempted to make the event one that could be enjoyed by the entire student body. The students who were on the PirateThon board helped the night flow smoothly as all proceeds from the night went to The Valerie Fund. The Valerie Fund is an organization that mainly operates within and around the tri-state area and provides assistance for children with cancer and blood disorders. Students and attendees of the event enjoyed an evening filled with fun, laughter, joy, and most importantly fundraising.

The event began with volunteers and board members greeting and welcoming people to the night with great passion and enthusiasm. Then, the night continued with great music and everyone dancing.

Among the attendees were current students of the Stillman School of Business, Seton Hall University (SHU) students overall, donors to the event, patients and customers of The Valerie Fund, alumni, and many people passionate about raising awareness for the event in its entirety. Although many attendees were strangers to each other at the beginning of the event, all of them united for one common cause that they were all passionate about.

The night had several memorable highlights. The Seton Hall Cheerleaders had their own dance performance as well as the SHU Sitare, the school’s Indian fusion dance team.

In addition, many contests and games were set up throughout the night to make the overall event enjoyable and fun for everybody.

Contests included wastebasketball competition, a pong tournament, and a hula hoop contest among others.

Several attendees of the night expressed the highlights of their night, among them was Stillman freshman Andrew Aguilera.

“It was really an amazing night to be a part of. It showed that Seton Hall students can come together to raise awareness for an important cause that they may not be directly affected by. it was very enjoyable for my friends and me as well.” said Aguilera when describing the night.

Melissa Vega, a Stillman sophomore and Co-Chair of the PirateThon board, expressed her happiness by stating, “It was great to see all of our work come together and see the support of the student body.”

She added, “Seeing the smiles on the children’s faces was certainly heartwarming and I cannot wait to do this again next spring.”

The other Co-Chair of the PirateThon board, Junior Sophia Joseph, was also very pleased with the turnout. She said, “PirateThon turned out better than I could have ever hoped. So many people attended, and everyone had an amazing time.” Later, she added, “As we have been saying all night, it’s for the kids!”

By the end of the night, PirateThon had generated almost $10,000 for The Valerie Fund.

This significant contribution will certainly assist in achieving The Valerie Fund’s ultimate goal, to help kids with cancer as much as possible.

Next year, the Seton Hall community hopes to top their amount from this year and contribute to a fantastic cause.

A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, Feb. 24th print edition.

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