Poker tournament Oct. 27 to benefit children with cancer

Poker with Jimmy, a poker tournament to raise money to benefit children battling pediatric cancer, is set for Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Goodwill Fire Company, 2318 S. Queen St., York. Penn State York THON’s group, along with Jimmy Clark, a THON member and cancer survivor, will raise money for the Four Diamonds Fund at the Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital in Hershey, Pa. A donation of $20 in advance or $30 at the door, admits players to the event at noon with games beginning at 1 p.m. 

Jimmy Clark is a 19-year old sophomore attending Penn State York. In December 2008, Clark was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer in his right leg. He was treated for his cancer at The Penn State Hershey Medical Center. The surgery to remove the tumor and save his leg was performed at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. This is the third year Clark has organized a poker tournament with proceeds going to help children with cancer.

The Texas Hold 'Em tournament offers the first-place winner a choice of prizes including a three-day trip to Las Vegas with airfare and hotel accommodations, a big-screen television or an Apple bundle, which includes an iPad, accessories and a $100 iTunes gift card. For more information on the poker tournament, call 717-870-7409 or visit

This is just one of many events the Penn State York THON Committee will host leading up to the 41st annual Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (THON), the 46-hour dance marathon, set for Feb. 15 to 17 at the Bryce Jordan Center at University Park. The theme for this year’s THON is “Inspire Tomorrow’s Miracles.” 

THON, a year-round fundraising event, is the largest single donor to the Four Diamonds Fund, at the Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital. The year culminates in a no sitting, no sleeping, two-day dance marathon. First held in 1973, THON has partnered with the Four Diamonds Fund since 1977 and in that time has raised more than $89 million and helped thousands of children and families fight pediatric cancer. Last year, the event raised more than $10.6 million and broke its own record. The mission of THON is to conquer pediatric cancer by providing outstanding emotional and financial support to the children, families, researchers and staff of the Four Diamonds Fund.

During THON weekend, more than 700 dancers and thousands of supporters come together at University Park in the hopes of one day finding a cure for pediatric cancer. Whether standing for 46 hours as a dancer, entertaining the crowd, taking care of the facility or even sitting in the stands, every person involved with THON plays a valuable role in creating an amazing atmosphere of love, compassion and understanding. This atmosphere inspires the students to raise money throughout the year and demonstrates to the families of the Four Diamonds Fund that they have the care and support they need. This collective effort, involving more than 15,000 students, has become one of Penn State's greatest and most unifying traditions.

For more information about Penn State York’s THON activities, contact York’s THON co-chairs Alannah Lentz at or Kara Smith at

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Last Updated October 25, 2012