Pinelands Regional High School Cat-a-Thon Raises Nearly $3,000

May 31, 2017

Pinelands Regional High School’s inaugural Cat-a-Thon, held May 19, raised $2,800 to benefit Pinelands School Based Youth Services programs, as well as to provide student scholarships and assist those in the community in need. Pinelands SBYS, the district’s student service group Wildcats in Action, and other students and staff planned the family-friendly fundraising event, which required participants to dance throughout the evening on the football field.

“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.

Cat-A-Thon, she added, would not have been possible without strong support from Pinelands’ administration and the board of education.

As district media liaison Allyson Roberts explained, students and community members joined in, creating teams and, in some cases, donating food and water. “Even the music for the event was donated,” said Roberts. “Impulse Entertainment from Little Egg Harbor provided the tunes. DJ Mike Cofer, a 2003 grad from PRHS, donated his time.”

“It’s good to give back to the community,” Cofer remarked.

One of the immediate beneficiaries of Cat-A-Thon was Pinelands senior softball player Meghan Crawford, who received a scholarship. Senior Reagan Germain, a close friend of Crawford, said that despite a diagnosis of leukemia in ninth grade, Crawford has “stayed strong, was first in her class during her treatment, and she has just made such an impact on everyone.”

“We are hoping Cat-a-Thon will teach students that they all are a part of something bigger than themselves,” Wildcats in Action adviser and SBYS social worker Kaitlyn Zedalis noted. “They are all a part of this community, and they have a responsibility to be an active participant in their community.” —J.K.-H.

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