PirateThon Raises Over $8,000 for The Valerie Fund

By Andrew Aguilera,
Stillman News Editor

As the month of March comes to a close, it is time for one of Seton Hall University’s (SHU) biggest fundraising events: PirateThon. PirateThon is a 12-hour dance marathon to raise funds for The Valerie Fund, an organization that provides assistance for children with cancer or blood disorders. The organization primarily provides for children in the tri-state area.

In an effort to better the fundraising efforts this year, the PirateThon board began fundraising early via the PirateThon website. On Mar. 10, the fundraising continued with a BBQ in the University Center living room. For just $5, attendees received a BBQ dinner featuring hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, and soda. All of the proceeds went directly to The Valerie Fund.

PirateThon has been held annually at Seton Hall since 2012. This year, the event was held in the Main Lounge, starting on March 12 at 8 p.m. and ending on March 13 at 8 a.m. Numerous Stillman students, mainly from the Gerald P. Buccino ’63 Center for Leadership Development, are members of the PirateThon board, which plans and hosts the event.
The marathon was full of music, entertainment, food, and fun. In attendance were SHU students, donors, alumni, and even patients who receive assistance from The Valerie Fund. At 10 p.m., there was an athlete fashion show, involving some of SHU’s student athletes. At midnight, there was a blackout party with dancing and glow sticks. The final major event of the night was karaoke at 3 a.m.

With the help of several donors, the PirateThon Board held raffles every hour. The prizes consisted of: gift certificates and gift baskets, including a $50 gift card to The Cheesecake Factory, and Devil’s tickets. Generous donors also provided food, including pizza, cupcakes, cake, ice cream, hamburgers, hotdogs, salad, and more. Students also had the opportunity to make cards for patients from The Valerie Fund, as well as meet several of the patients who came to show their appreciation.

This year, over two hundred Seton Hall students attended and over $8,000 was raised for the foundation. Students represented an array of different organizations from the Buccino Leadership Program, Alpha Sigma Tau, Alpha Phi Omega, Student Government Association, Alpha Gamma Delta and more!


A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, March 22nd print edition.

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