After eight hours of non-stop dancing, playing games and staying on their feet, Saint Joseph students raised more than $12,000 for the Blaire E. Batson Children’s Hospital in Jackson. BruinTHON, formerly called Dance Marathon, took place Friday, April 29, 2016. It began after school and lasted until midnight.
Money raised from the event helped pay for toys and other necessities which patients may need or want. One of Batson’s main goals is to keep their patients and kids’ families comfortable.
While the main event is the BruinTHON itself, organizers also raised money for Blaire E. Batson throughout the year. One way was March 17 when the BruinTHON committee held a 3-on-3 basketball tournament. Maddy Davis, a 2016 senior who chaired the BruinTHON committee, had been involved with the program for two years.
“It’s the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done,” Davis said. “It’s something that will stick with me for the rest of my life.”
BruinTHON is completely student run with help from Mrs. Mary Banks, the Saint Joseph campus minister. BruinTHON is part of a nationwide movement involving high school and college students at more than 150 schools across the country -- all raising money for the Children's Miracle Network Hospital in their community.
The fundraising year culminates with an eight hour event each spring in which our St. Joe students stay on their feet through dancing, games and entertainment.