Launch Week: February 14-18, 2022
Event Date: Friday, April 29, 2022

Hope-A-Thon, Villa’s school-wide fundraiser, is a student-run dance marathon committed to raising awareness and funds for the Think Hope Foundation, which was created in Maria Middleton's memory. Hope-A-Thon continues to be dedicated to our angel, Maria '21, 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. 

Think Hope is a non-profit foundation founded by Susan and Brian Middleton. Their goal is to unleash the power of hope in a world suffering from despair, one person at a time. “Think Hope” were the last words Maria Middleton wrote in her journal. Despite a devastating disease that took from Maria all of her considerable physical and mental capabilities, the last message she was physically able to write to us is a message of hope. It is in tribute to Maria’s indomitable faith and spirit that the Think Hope Foundation was created. Maria brought hope under a condition that would drive most to despair. Maria brought Unity, Love and Hope to every person and every community she touched. She was an antidote to the hopelessness and despair that seems to be plaguing the world. Think Hope is dedicated to carrying on Maria’s legacy of hope. It will accomplish Maria’s mission by funding ministries that:
  • provide Hope-filled classical education institutions that are committed to truth, beauty and goodness.
  • provide Hope on the streets ministry to those living in drug-infested neighborhoods.
  • help young people find Hope in discovering unique meaning and purpose for their lives.
  • bring the Hope of renewal to victims of trauma through healing programs.
  • bring Hope to the elderly and isolated.

As the foundation is in its beginning stages, Think Hope will continue to evolve, and more services are to come that will bring hope into the world. 

The Hope-A-Thon overall chairs, along with Mrs. McCarthy and many student captains, will be working hard over the upcoming months to ensure Hope-A-Thon’s success! They HOPE this event at Villa will continue to bring unity to the student body through one collective vision of raising funds, while also fighting for a cause 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 below) 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 for this event will go directly to the Think Hope Foundation.

A special thank you is extended to Mary Ellen Connelly '21, Gianna Fiduccia '21, Brooke May '22, Hailey Monaghan '21, Mrs. McCarthy, and all of the students and donors that made our first Hope-A-Thon so successful. 

Mission & Ministry Office

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

Hope-A-Thon Overall Chairs

Ashley May '22
Brooke May '22
Sammy Froman '22
Julia Cassidy '23