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WTHS Interact Club Raises $15,000 Through 18-Hour Dance-A-Thon to Benefit ALS


Some 350 Washington Township High School students assembled in the school’s 11-12 gymnasium at 3 p.m. on January 17th, carting energy and stamina, as well as snacks and blankets, and enthusiastically embarked on an 18-Hour Dance-A-Thon to benefit local victims of Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS-Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis).  Dubbed “Monzo Madness,” this year’s event, the 17th annual, raised $15,000 for the Greater Philadelphia chapter of the ALS Foundation, monies that will be used to fund much-needed research and support for victims of the debilitating, motor neuron disease.


Donna Cleary, ALS Philadelphia’s director of development, was on hand to thank the students for their community outreach at the beginning of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, to applaud and encourage their efforts, and to accept the check from Interact advisors and Monzo Madness leaders April Renzetti and Kevin MacNamara, both of whom are special education teachers at WTHS. With the 2020 to donation, the school has donated more than $280,000 to the ALS Foundation since the fundraiser’s inception.


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Donna Cleary, ALS Philadelphia’s director of development, accepted a check for $15,000 from event organizers April Renzetti (left) and Kevin MacNamara.



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Members of the WTHS Monzo Madness Executive committee posed for a photo before getting their dance on.



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WTHS secretaries Kathy Hargreaves and Erica Rosenstiehl assisted during the Dance-a-Thon registration.