PirateThon Board Gears Up for Another Great Year

By Cathy Grundling,
Stillman News Writer

It is that time of the year again when Seton Hall students put their best foot forward- or in this case, their best dance moves. With PirateThon right around the corner, the Seton Hall community is in store for a great time while giving back to an amazing cause. Dancing, live music, and activities are just some of the exciting aspects of Seton Hall’s annual dance marathon.

PirateThon, founded in 2012, has become a staple of all things Seton Hall – providing service to those who are struggling with life-threatening diseases. This 12-hour dance marathon is spearheaded by the Gerald P. Buccino ’63 Center for Leadership Development and supports The Valerie Fund. This local non-profit organization advocates and supports children diagnosed with cancer and various blood disorders. Embodying service and community involvement, PirateThon continues as a leading event on campus to give back to the young patients and their families.

This year’s dance marathon will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday March 18 to 2 a.m. Sunday March 19, 2017 in the Main Lounge in University Center. In addition to dancing, there will also be entertainment, live music, food, and fun activities. Clubs are also expected to play a role in the festivities throughout the event. Over 500 individuals are expected to attend and dance the night away. According to PirateThon’s Twitter, PirateThon 2016 raised $8,934.46 for the Valerie Fund! For 2017, PirateThon organizers hope to top this momentous donation.

Sahil Sharma, co-Chair of the PirateThon Board, said “the board, the volunteers, the performers, and the children are all excited for the event this year.”

He added, “This year’s edition of PirateThon is really important because we have a new logo, new branding, and in turn a new foundation that we hope to build upon in the next couple of years and take the event to new heights.”

There are many great ways to get involved in this extremely rewarding event. To participate in this year’s PirateThon, you can register online at http://www.thevaleriefund.org/PirateThon2017/ or you can sign up at the door. Registering before March 18 costs $15; registering the day of the event costs $20. Pirate Gold will be accepted at the door. The marathon provides the excellent opportunity to participate individually or on a team. As February 16, 2017, there are five teams fundraising for the Valerie Fund. These teams include: Alpha Phi Omega, Aquinas Hall, Filipino League at Seton Hall (FLASH) Dance Troupe, the Leadership Development Honors Program, Student Government Association, and TORA. Thus far, these teams have raised over $2,000. With less than a month until the event, the time is now to start planning your team!

It is not too late to secure your spot at PirateThon 2017 and help children struggling with cancer and various blood disorders! This incredible event allows for the opportunity to make memories with friends while changing the lives of local children and their families.

For more information, please follow PirateThon on social media @PirateThon.

A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 print edition.

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