Annual dance marathon raises money for cancer

“Piratethon” is one of Seton Hall’s most successful and highly-anticipated philanthropic events.

The event is an annual 12 hour dance marathon charity event to raise money for the Valerie Fund. Founded in 2012, the Valerie Fund is a local nonprofit organization which works to raise money for children affected by cancer and blood diseases. Similar marathons have been instated at other New Jersey institutions this year, specifically Monmouth University, Seton Hall Preparatory School and the Academy of Saint Elizabeth.

Sophia Joseph, a junior marketing and I.T. major, has been involved with “Piratethon” since her freshman year. She is also an active member of the Leadership Development Honors Program, which is the 2015 “Piratethon” team currently in the lead for the highest amount of money raised for the Valerie Fund.

“Over the past two years, we have raised $40,000 and this year the goal is $35,000,” she said. “It’s continuing to expand which is pretty exciting.”

Multiple Greek organizations are also heavily involved with the event. Sigma Pi holds second place for the amount of money raised.

Omari Green, a sophomore computer science major, is a member of Sigma Pi and is very excited for his first time participating in “Piratethon.”

He said his whole fraternity will be in attendance.

“I personally think it is a great concept because it brings people together for an important cause,” said Green. “It’s something everyone can enjoy and look forward to.”

“I have always loved dancing and I can’t imagine a better way to raise money and awareness for cancer,” he added.

“Piratethon” will take place on Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 in the Main Lounge, fully equipped with music, live entertainment and food. The dance marathon will run from 8 p.m. on Friday to 8 a.m. on Saturday.

The event is open to all members of the Seton Hall community, including students, alumni and faculty. Individuals may register for “Piratethon” online up until midnight the night before the event or at the event itself, for an additional registration fee.

Rachel O’Connor can be reached at

Author: Staff Writer

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