BG FFA fundraiser aids Children’s Miracle Network


Bowling Green FFA hosted its second annual Bobcat-a-Thon at the high school earlier this year. Bowling
Green FFA hosted the event and had more than 100 dancers, chaperones and Children’s Miracle Network
family members attend.
Dancers stayed on their feet for five hours to raise money for Mercy Children’s Hospital. Through the
fundraising work of the chapter and individual dancers, BG FFA presented a check for $6,342.72.
At Bobcat-a-Thon, students stand on their feet for five hours participating in a variety of activities
and events planned by the Bobcat-a-Thon committee. During the event, Children’s Miracle Network families
were on hand to meet the dancers and tell their stories, thanking everyone for their efforts.
Music was provided throughout the event by Officer Robin Short, who donated her time for the cause. The
overall total was revealed at the end of the five-hour event.
Bobcat-a-Thon was previously sponsored by BGSU’s Dance Marathon, ZiggyThon, and called Mini Dance
Marathon. The event began in 2004 for area high schools to assist in the fundraising effort. BG FFA has
participated every year since the event began. This is the second year that BG FFA has hosted its own
Dance Marathon is a nationwide movement involving college and high school students at more than 450
schools, all raising money for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals.
Students spend a year planning the event while raising funds and gathering awareness for kids and
families experiencing pediatric illness. The year culminates with an event where students stay on their
feet through dancing, games, entertainment and interaction with children’s hospital patients and
families in symbolic support of children served by Mercy Children’s Hospital.
Proceeds from numerous fundraisers went toward Bobcat-a-Thon. These included tractor pull parking during
the National Tractor Pull last summer, the annual BG FFA Dunk Tank and Truck Smash Tailgate before a
home football game, Miracle Minutes during home basketball and football games, and penny wars held
during class.
Since 2004, BG FFA has raised and donated $44,582.72 to Mercy Children’s Hospital.

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