April 2019

On April 12, the Lynn University Leadership Institute (LLI) hosted its second annual Knight-a-thon to raise money and awareness for children battling cancer and their families.


The event, a nonstop dance party from 2 p.m.–2 a.m., raised a total of $15,100.24 for the Pediatric Oncology Support Team (POST, Inc.) in West Palm Beach. With more than 250 attendees, the marathon portion of the event garnered more than $5,000 of the overall funds.

“It was an honor to be a part of this experience,” said Abby Sears, Knight-a-thon fundraising committee member. “We have been working since August on this event. To finally see it come to life and raise the amount of money that we did was incredible.”

Three campus organizations raised more than $1,000: LLI, Kappa Delta Pi and the Division of Student Affairs. Individuals that raised more than $1,000 included: Natalie Capiro, Emily Finocchio, Lauren Harding and Hannah Link.

It was important to me to raise money for the kids—it’s a privilege to be able to participate and raise money for such a worthy cause.

Emily Finocchio, senior and Knight-a-thon marketing committee co-chair

The event also incorporated the end of Greek Week on campus. Fraternities and sororities participated in their annual week-long competition, which ended during Knight-a-thon. Throughout the week, the organizations donated a portion of the money raised in competition.

Sorority Theta Phi Alpha not only won Greek Week but also took first place in the Knight-a-thon’s lip sync competition as well.

“It was a special opportunity to combine Greek Week with Knight-a-thon,” said Maggie Timmons, senior and Theta Phi Alpha member. “I love the idea of giving back to the community and being with my sisters.”

Each Knight-a-thon fundraising hour boasted a different theme, ranging from Disney hour to spirit hour. With a wide range of activities, Fighting Knights from all areas took part in the community affair. Lynn Athletics Director Devin Crosby also made an appearance with the men’s basketball and women’s soccer team.

Over the course of two years, Lynn students raised $33,204.29 for POST Inc. While the date for the 2020 Knight-a-thon is still to be determined, the Lynn community appears certain to build off of this year’s success.

This story originally appeared in iPulse on Apr. 29, 2019.

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