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North Hills to Hold Three Dance Marathons in March to Raise Funds for Charitable Causes
North Hills School District high school students have expanded their annual THON Dance Marathon to three separate events in March including a THON that is open and free to the public.

The high school’s Student Council and Hands for Service Club will host their fifth annual THON for students in Grades 9 to 12 from 5 to 11 p.m. on March 2 and the first THON Jr. for students in Grades 7 and 8 from 6 to 9 p.m. on March 1. Community members are invited to the first Community THON on March 2 from 12 to 3 p.m. 

All three events will be held in North Hills Middle School gymnasiums and will include dancing, inflatables, games and food. The Community THON also will feature family-friendly carnival games and a basket raffle.  

Please review the event flyers for each THON in the slideshow below. Click here for more information.

All three events will raise funds for Make-A-Wish Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia and the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation. In the past four years, the high school’s THON has raised more than $40,000 for charity.

Donations of food items to feed dancers who will be on their feet for 12 hours also are being accepted and can be dropped off at the high school athletic and activities office through March 1. See a list of needed food items online.

The dance marathons are based on the legendary and successful dance marathon, THON, held at Penn State University each year. At the North Hills event, each dancer is required to pay an entrance fee, but participants are encouraged to raise as much as they can to support the two charitable organizations benefiting from the dance marathon. Motivated and caring participants will stay on their feet dancing, moving and playing games while helping youth and children affected by cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.

For more information on supporting the event and two charitable causes, please contact Jennifer DiPasquale at


About the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation

Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation is the sole fundraising arm of Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. The foundation provides funding that supports programs like family life, pet therapy and pastoral care — programs that allow children and their loved ones to heal together. Donations also support advanced equipment and cutting-edge research — investments that allow kids access to outstanding clinical care. 


About Make-A-Wish Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia

Since 1983, Make-A-Wish Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia has granted more than 15,000 wishes to area children with life-threatening medical conditions and their families to enrich their lives with hope, strength and joy. North Hills students have contributed more than $175,000 over the past two decades to help grant more than 25 wishes for children in 57 Pennsylvania and West Virginia counties. 

Posted Friday, February 8, 2019
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