By Nicole Curcio
The Pratt Center will be the location of Campus Life’s second annual Move-a-Thon on Thursday, Nov. 4, from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. The event will raise money for the Don Monti Research Foundation, which is focused on finding a cure for cancer. Last year’s event raised over $13,000 for the organization; this year, the goal is to reach $15,000, according to Michael Berthel, director of Campus Life.
According to the official website, the Don Monti organization was founded by Tina and Joseph Monti shortly after their 16-year-old son’s passing in June, 1972. Don Monti fought a tough battle against leukemia. Now his name is known for raising money to help patients and facilities.
“Today, the Foundation raises more than $1 million annually — more than $42 million since its founding — and serves an evergrowing number of patients,” the website reads. “Its commitment remains firm – research, education, fellowship and patient care.” Nearly 500 students, faculty, and staff collectively attended the event last year. Most student organizations, including Greek life, clubs, and athletes showed support for the cause.
Similar to last year, Berthel said there will be an opening ceremony with a University welcome, remarks from the Don Monti Foundation, reflections from student volunteers, and the presentation of fundraising awards. Following the ceremony, there will be activities including raffles, prizes, food, and music.
“The night will celebrate our efforts and highlight the wonderful work that our community has done to benefit the Don Monti Foundation,” he said. “We are pleased to have support from so many faculty, staff, and community partners.”
Along with the Don Monti Foundation, partners include organizations that provide the event with food, activities, and donation. Comments on behalf of the foundation were unavailable.
Senior political science major, PSK president and this year’s homecoming king, Benjamin Brinton, is looking forward to attending the event for the first time with his fraternity members, who will be tabling and supporting through donating to the cause. “I think it’s a great event for a great cause,” Brinton said. “The campus support has been amazing; all of the resident buildings are raising money.”
Students can register for Move-a-Thon in the lobby of Hillwood Commons or online at www.tinyurl.com/MoveAThon-LIUPost.
Registration for Move-a-Thon is $10 for students, $15 for visiting guests and can be paid in person at Campus Life, Hillwood Commons, room 100, or online at www.gofundme.com/moveathon2016.
All proceeds will be donated to the Don Monti Research Foundation.