Penn State students travel across Northeast for second canning weekend

University Park, Pa. -- This weekend, thousands of Penn State students will pick up their cans and signs, pack into cars and drive all over Pennsylvania and the Northeast to raise money for the largest student-run philanthropy in the world.

Dec. 3-5 marks the second canning weekend of the 2011 Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, affectionately known as THON. Its mission is to conquer pediatric cancer by providing outstanding emotional and financial support to the children, families, researchers and staff of The Four Diamonds Fund. Canister solicitation, referred to as “canning,” takes place over four pre-determined weekends during the year.

“Canning is not only a great way to raise money to help kids fight cancer, but also to raise awareness about THON and The Four Diamonds Fund beyond the Penn State community,” says Jony Rommel, public relations overall chairperson for THON 2011. “Students are really looking forward to the second canning weekend as a chance to continue to build upon their fundraising efforts for THON 2011.”

Students will be in the local area canning outside storefronts, intersections and other locations holding cans and signs, asking passersby to donate money to THON. An average of 269 organizations go out each of the four canning weekends throughout the THON season, contributing thousands of dollars to the total revealed at the annual conclusion of THON weekend, which will be Feb. 18-20 in 2011. Cans and signs will now feature the Penn State and THON logos, along with the new phrase “Help Kids Fight Cancer.”

During the past 35 years, THON has raised more than $69 million and has helped more than 2,000 children who have been diagnosed with pediatric cancer. Last year alone, with the help of generous donations, THON raised more than $7.9 million.

For further information regarding canning weekend rules and regulations, visit www.thon.org or contact Overall Rules and Regulations Chairperson Zach Hinkle, at rules.regulations@thon.org.

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Last Updated March 21, 2011