Boyertown Junior High West holds dance-a-thon, raises $23,000 for Relay For Life

Boyertown's dance-a-thon club that organizes the event.

Boyertown Junior High West students have rallied successfully again this year to aide cancer research with this year’s 10th annual Dance-a-thon. Raising $23,000 to be donated to this year’s Boyertown Relay for Life.

Gathering in the gym at West on Friday, March 14, students danced for hours on end to the latest hits. All of them decked out in this year’s fundraiser t-shirt, the space was a sea of white, broken only by hands in the air and smiles on faces.

The four-hundred and eighty students in attendance kept their energy high by dinning on catered food, cake and pizza all donated by generous local businesses. Over the past ten years students, their families and local donors have raised one-hundred forty-four thousand dollars. Principal Greg Galtere refers to it as, “An unbelievable phenomenon, hard to explain especially when you consider the size and demographic of the community.”

Just more proof that size does not matter, what counts is spirit and drive something the West community has in abundance. Just ask the two top raising students Alyssa Carlier and Sarah Ibach who on their own raised nearly fifteen hundred a piece. They both credit this success to the overwhelming generosity of their family and friends.

Watching over the festivities and making sure all were well hydrated were event warriors Shelley Livelsverger, Mandi Rauenzahm, Erica Fisher and Vice Principal Brian Rohn. The team worked hard for the better part of the last year to pull off the event and almost immediately will turn around and begin working on next year’s dance-a-thon.

Admittedly the team cannot pull all of this off themselves and would like to send their many thanks to the local community and businesses that make this all possible with very special thanks to Baird’s Catering, Magic Itineraries, Moyer Catering, Pottstown Oral Maxillofacial and Papa John’s Pizza.