Community Invited to Take Part in Pinelands Cat-a-Thon Fundraiser May 19

May 09, 2017

Get ready to move and groove at the inaugural Cat-a-Thon fundraiser at Pinelands Regional High School on Friday, May 19. This family-friendly event, from from 3:30 to 9:30 p.m. on the high school football field, resembles Penn State’s THON, which asks teams to recruit sponsors to support their non-stop dancing.

Proceeds from the Cat-a-Thon – organized by Pinelands School Based Youth Services, student service group Wildcats in Action and other students and staff – will benefit SBYS, as well as provide student scholarships and assist individuals and community groups in need.

“We wanted to create an event that would attract the entire community to our campus to have fun while raising money that will essentially go back into the community to support an individual, family or group when a need arises,” said Karen Kenney, Pinelands SBYS director.

Individuals can participate in Cat-a-Thon on their own or as part of a team. To sign up and begin fundraising, contact Kenney at, or call SBYS at 609-296-5074. Teams must raise a minimum of $100 to enter.

“Those who wish to contribute off of the dance floor may do so as a spectator for a small admission fee at the door, or (they can) donate food, beverages or prizes,” said district media liaison Allyson Roberts. “Sponsorships are also available for businesses. Contact Kenney for those opportunities as well.”

Student members of Wildcats in Action have begun to recruit teams throughout the district and the community. “We are hoping Cat-a-Thon will teach students that they all are a part of something bigger than themselves,” said Wildcats in Action adviser and SBYS social worker Kaitlyn Zedalis. “They are all a part of this community, and they have a responsibility to be an active participant in their community. For community members, I hope they will get involved to celebrate our kids and come together with the common goal of helping one another.”

Pinelands SBYS is funded by the New Jersey Department of Children and Families and the Pinelands Regional School District. Core services include individual and family counseling, employment counseling, grief counseling, primary and preventive health services, and support with social skills and relationship issues. —J.K.-H.

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