Raiderthon 2020 | Photographer Jessica Fugett | The Wright State Guardian
Wright State University (WSU) philanthropic student organization Miracle Makers fundraised over $20,000 during their modified Raiderthon despite the ongoing pandemic.
Miracle Makers, a student-run organization that raises money for the Dayton Children’s Hospital, normally hosts one large event called Raiderthon. Due to the global pandemic, however, they had to split their fundraising efforts into different events.
At the beginning of April, they hosted Penny Wars in the residence halls, a drive-in movie night, and a Grilled Cheese hotline. These combined made up this year’s “Raiderthon.”
According to Gina Keucher, staff advisor to the organization, their original fundraising goal for these events numbered $69,000 dollars to represent the founding year of Dayton Children’s Hospital. Adjusted down to $20,000 due to the pandemic, the organization reached its goal. Together, these three events raised $20,127.13, exceeding their adjusted goal.
Opinions from Miracle Makers
Not able to do their traditional Raiderthon fundraiser, Miracle Makers still expressed success at these events, particularly their drive-in movie night.
“I was so glad to get back on campus and see the Miracle Makers team in person again. I am very proud of the hard work my team members put in to accomplish raising over $20,000 this year for the kids,” Abigail Addams, president of the organization for the 2021-2022 academic year, said.
Addams included that the success of this event caused the group to create plans to do another drive-in movie night in the 2021-2022 academic year. It is still unclear whether the traditional Raiderthon dance marathon will be back in Fall 2021.