THON and Alumni Chapter partner on January 25 Red Cross blood drive

The Greater Hazleton Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association and Penn State Hazleton THON are teaming up with the American Red Cross to sponsor a blood drive on Mon., Jan. 25, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Evelyn Graham Academic Building at Penn State Hazleton.

For each presenting donor, Penn State Hazleton THON will receive a $4 donation to The Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital. THON drives continue until THON weekend, Feb. 19 - 21. All presenting donors will receive a free Red Cross t-shirt.

This is the eleventh year Penn State Hazleton THON has organized a blood drive at the campus to support their cause. THON members will assist the American Red Cross with recruiting donors on campus prior to the bloodmobile and serve as donor escorts and snack table staff during the event.

The partnership between the American Red Cross and the Penn State Dance Marathon (THON) began in 2001 to help sustain regional blood inventories.

The Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, or THON for short, is the world's largest student run philanthropy, raising money for the families of pediatric cancer patients at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital. Last year, THON raised more than $13.3 million. A total of $114 million has been raised since 1977.

Donors may schedule an appointment online at or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS.

For more information contact the Hazleton Chapter of the American Red Cross at 570-455-9517.



Photo caption: Heidi D'Aleo, Luzerne County account manager, American Red Cross, third from left, accepts a $100 donation from Wister Yuhas, board member, Greater Hazleton Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association, in support of the upcoming blood drive at Penn State Hazleton on Monday, Jan. 25. Also pictured are, from left, Maria Barna, chapter board member; Andy Obrzut, Penn State Hazleton THON chair; D'Aleo, Yuhas, and Rocco Formica, chapter president. Back row, from left, Tyler Resch, THON special events captain; and Jenna Mundenar, THON alumni relations captain.