THON Committee announces “canning” dates
Penn State Hazleton’s THON Committee Publicity Chair Sarah Bademan has announced the group’s upcoming area activities to raise money to fight pediatric cancer. THON, short for the Penn State IFC/Pan-Hellenic Dance Marathon, is the largest student-run philanthropy in the world. Penn State students spend almost one year fundraising, with efforts culminating each February in a 46-hour dance marathon in the Bryce Jordan Center at the University Park campus. All monies raised are donated to the Four Diamonds Fund at the Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.
A large majority of funds collected are from “canning.” Students are permitted to stand at businesses with large cans and ask passers-by for donations. Canning weekends are scheduled for January 22 to 24 and February 12 to 14. Students will “can” from noon to 8:00 p.m. on Fridays and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays at several area locations including Gould’s ShurSave, Conyngham; Boyer’s Food Market, Hazleton; and Walmart, Hazleton.
According to Bademan, “We are extremely grateful to community members, businesses, alumni and friends who have supported our efforts. Each year, Penn State Hazleton continues to be a leader among Penn State campuses in raising money. We hope to continue that proud and worthy tradition this year.”
Bademan added, “Please support the fight against pediatric cancer. Any donation, large or small, helps Penn State students to help families with sick children.”
According to Bademan, students have been working hard this year to help raise money to fight pediatric cancer. Since August, students have held a variety of events including dodge ball, volleyball, basketball and other sports tournaments, t-shirt sales, and karaoke contests. These events will continue until THON weekend, February 19 to 21.
Last year, Penn State Hazleton’s THON Committee raised more than $35,000 and placed third for money raised among Commonwealth Campuses. Overall, the THON organization raised a record-setting $7.49 million.
In 1973, a small group of Penn State students held the first dance marathon with 34 dancers raising $2,000. Since then, THON’s presence in the Penn State community has grown exponentially and now consists of more than 15,000 student volunteers and 700 dancers. The dance marathon has raised more than $61 million for the Four Diamonds Fund which helps families with costs of treatments not covered by insurance and other expenses that may affect the welfare of the afflicted child. Additionally, the fund supports the medical team and pediatric cancer research.
For more information about THON or to donate online, visit www.thon.org. Please designate donations to the Hazleton campus.