Explorathon 2021


Kylie McGovern, Editor

La Salle Students reveal Explorathon total                     Instagram, @lasalleexplorathon

On Feb. 22, La Salle hosted a virtual Explorathon event and raised over $39 thousand for the B+ Foundation. The event began with a Zoom meeting at noon and events on Instagram from @lasalleexplorathon. These events included a lip sync battle, raffle baskets, a social media fundraising challenge, dares in exchange for donations, musical performances, a performance by the La Salle dance team and stories from B+ families. The total was revealed at 5 p.m. via Instagram live. Freshman Emily Beals, dance team member, says, “it was super fun to get to dance with my team after all the time we spent practicing on Zoom and even better to be associated with a great organization like Explorathon!” These events on Instagram involved the student body and B+ families virtually in fun and COVID-19 safe ways. The Student Government Association, Honors Council and other clubs participated in the event as well. 

 Sophomore Mel Olimpio says, “This year obviously presented a lot of challenges and something we never could have anticipated. This year’s Explorathon started coming together during the start of the pandemic last Spring — and we weren’t sure if we would be able to navigate a dance marathon virtually. We also were not sure whether or not we could motivate the community to fundraise to the point of being able to surpass last year’s total. Although this year’s event couldn’t be in person, the La Salle community adapted well and continued to fight hard against childhood cancer. We were able to raise 70 percent more than we did last year — and reach a total of $39,025.48 that will all go towards families impacted by childhood cancer and childhood cancer research.” 

Gamma Phi Beta was the highest fundraising team; the women in Gamma Phi Beta raised $8,819 for B+ families. Alyssa Goodson was the top fundraising individual who says she is drawn to the cause “because you get to see a direct impact it has on the families and the kids. You hear their stories and it really is amazing knowing that you can make a lasting impact on them. Especially during this pandemic and many families losing their jobs, this is more crucial than ever. Also seeing the community of La Salle come together for one cause is really breathtaking as well.” Alpha Phi Delta was the highest fundraising fraternity. More fundraising winners are featured on Instagram. La Salle students are excited for next year’s event. 


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