Berks students raises more than $40K for THON
Berks THON dancers (left to right) Megan Sim, Lauren Fusco, Krista Feather, and Melissa Sauer raised $40,306.73 for THON through a variety of fundraising events and activities throughout the academic year, and culminating in the 46-hour dance marathon to benefit the Four Diamonds Fund, held from Friday, Feb. 17 to Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012 at the Bryce Jordan Center at Penn State University Park.
Once again, THON has set a new record, raising $10,686,924.83 for the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital, surpassing last year's record $9.56 million and earning its name as “the largest student-run philanthropy in the world.” Penn State Berks ranked fifth among all Penn State campuses for fundraising, which began in the fall of 2011 and included fundraising nights at Moe’s Southwest Grill and The Works at Wyomissing, late night skating events at the Body Zone Sports and Wellness Complex, a fashion show, Cuts for Kids events with the help of J & J Hair Salon, blood drives, Halloween and Valentines dances, a pie-in-the-face fundraiser, and tuition bingo, as well as weekend canning drives throughout the community.
The Berks County Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association (PSAA) also presented a check for $6,900 to the Berks THON organization. The donation came from Reading Royals Night, which was sponsored by the PSAA and the Reading Royals on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012. Five dollars from every ticket sold through the event Web site was donated and the Royals’ players all wore special Penn State football themed jerseys that were autographed and auctioned off after the game.
Short for the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, THON is a year-long effort to raise funds and awareness for the fight against pediatric cancer. THON's fundraising helps offset the cost of a child's cancer treatment and helps establish research endowments aimed at increasing the cure rates of pediatric cancer treatments.