Magic-THON committee revealing the 2023 total donation.
Magic-THON committee revealing the 2023 total donation.
Diane Moore

Projected Magic-THON attendance looks bleak

Committee members grow weary over participation concerns. Steps are being taken to raise spirits and attendance.

With the annual Magic-THON approaching, members of the committee are eager to raise attendance and raise money for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), at their 10-hour dance-a-thon on Thursday, February 15th. 

To attend Magic-THON, students have to register in advance, costing $20 during “registration week” and $30 at any other time. Students must also set up their donor drive and raise at least $50 to take part.

You may be thinking… $70 dollars just to go?! Well, rest assured because all of your money goes directly to kids receiving care from CHOP. 

Raising that money also means a free shirt, Chick-fil-A at lunchtime, pizza at dinnertime, endless drinks and snacks, and spirited entertainment. 

With whispers around the school that few girls are attending THON, committee members are growing nervous that it won’t be as successful as previous years. 

Committee members have stepped up to the plate and many actions have been taken to increase participation, such as fundraisers, gift card competitions, and dine-and-donates. 

Left to right: Ella Williams ’25, Vivian Moore ’24, Abbey Stasik ’24, Julia Burns ’24, and Maggie Rezza ’24 featured at a Playa Bowls fundraiser in Ocean City, NJ.

“It would be a shame if there was low attendance because I don’t think the community understands that as much as we want this event to be successful for Mount and for the committee, it’s more important for all the kids who need our support,” Co-chair, Julia Burns ‘24 said.

This past December, the committee organized a presentation with a guest speaker from CHOP for the first time, to show students the change their participation brings about. Although registration increased after the presentation, the amount of girls registered is not as much as it was at this time last year, and the event is less than two weeks away. 

The main purposes of THON are to raise awareness, support, and donations for children undergoing treatment at CHOP. 

“As someone who has received treatment at CHOP, I think it’s such a great cause and just a little help can go a long way, so people should think of that when deciding whether or not to go,” Rachele Romeo ‘24 said. 

Along with participating to help kids in need, THON is an opportunity to deepen bonds within the community and exercise the Mount’s mission, rooted in sisterhood. 

The committee has been exceptionally dedicated for months to organize this event, meeting numerous times a week and spending hours upon hours to make THON a great experience. 

“I think it’s really important to show your support for the THON committee because they’ve been working so hard this year to prepare this event for everyone,” Mae Slaughter, Student Life Program Coordinator said. 

Throughout the day, there are guest speakers, dodgeball games, hair braiding, hair cutting, and lots of dancing. If that doesn’t entice you to go, I don’t know what will. It’s a win-win! Show your support next Thursday, February 15.

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