Students rally together to reveal the final fundraising number during the 5th annual TigerThon.

On Saturday, March 30, 2019, North Allegheny hosted the 5th annual TigerThon, a six-hour dance marathon in which NA students in grades K-12 raise money for local organizations dedicated to fighting pediatric cancer. More than 1,400 people attended this community effort, led by a dedicated team of high school students.

Organizers originally set the goal for $50,000, which was higher than the $37,000 raised in 2018. Students knew their hard work had paid off when the funds raised had doubled by the end of the evening, raising a total of $100,925.81. “My favorite part of the whole evening was how carefully the event captain, senior Kristen Chomos, planned the final number reveal,” shared event sponsor and NASH teacher Mrs. Sharon Volpe. “The reveal is one of the best parts of the night. The crowd knew what the total was before any of the student captains of the event knew. The looks on their faces as word went down the line was just so emotional and something I will always remember.”

All donations benefitted UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Hematology and Oncology Departments, along with local non-profit Pennies from Heaven. TigerThon has been recognized as UPMC’s largest high school dance-a-thon donor, and NASH students continue to uphold this stellar reputation. Watch the NATV recap video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0IiiD6sIfs&disable_polymer=true