Launch Week begins Monday, February 8
Event Date: Friday, April 16, 12:00-7:00 p.m.

Hope-A-Thon, Villa’s new school-wide fundraiser, is a student-run dance marathon committed to raising awareness and funds for both Bringing Hope Home and Drew’s Hope, two amazing foundations that provide aid to families fighting the unimaginable. The event will be led by co-founders and overall chairs Mary Ellen Connelly ‘21, Gianna Fiduccia ‘21, Hailey Monaghan ‘21, and Brooke May ‘22. This year, Hope-A-Thon will also be dedicated to angel Maria Middleton, as she was one of the original co-founders/overall chairs and continues to inspire the leadership team and entire Villa community to be servant leaders in Hope-A-Thon and beyond. 

Bringing Hope Home is a non-profit organization that provides “Unexpected Amazingness” to local families with cancer through financial and emotional support. The Monaghan family has been involved with the Bringing Hope Home chapter at West Chester University and is excited to bring it to Villa! Drew's Hope is a non-profit foundation committed to raising funds to support research and creating awareness about Batten Disease. This organization holds a special place in Brooke’s heart and she is thrilled to share with her Villa sisters! 

The Hope-A-Thon overall chairs, along with Mrs. McCarthy and over 60 student captains, have been working hard for the past few months to ensure Hope-A-Thon’s success! They most recently introduced the event to the school community during Launch Week and it was well received, as most students registered and have already started fundraising. They HOPE this new event at Villa will bring unity to the student body through one collective vision of raising funds, while also fighting for causes greater than themselves. 

Each student participating in the dance marathon will need to raise a minimum of $75 in donations. Family and friends can donate following the directions above by giving on behalf of a current Villa Joseph Marie Student or giving a general donation. For clarity: Donations will NOT go to the student; they are simply on behalf of the student as pledge money for them to dance 7 hours at Hope-A-Thon. All money fundraised in the next two months will go directly to Bringing Hope Home and Drew’s Hope.


Watch these videos for more information about the organizations:

Bringing Hope Home: https://vimeo.com/44902089

Drew's Hope: www.drewshope.com/Drews_Hope/Home

Mission & Ministry Office

Stephanie McCarthy
Director of Mission & Ministry
215-357-8810 ext. 126

Hope-A-Thon Overall Chairs

Mary Ellen Connelly '21
Gianna Fiduccia '21
Brooke May '22
Hailey Monaghan '21