Mont Alto students and community raised more than $14,600 for THON

Penn State Mont Alto sent two students and more than 20 supporters to the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, affectionately referred to as THON, at University Park over the weekend. The Mont Alto THON group raised $14,659 with half of it ($7,325) given by Chambersburg community members via collection cans at area businesses and to students canning on foot in the community. THON 2010 raised a record total of $7,838,054.36.

The Mont Alto students, Jennifer Stremmel from Hanover, Pa., and Joseph Price from Elk Ridge, Md., began dancing at 6 p.m. Friday and were required to remain on their feet for 46 hours. THON is the largest student-run philanthropy in the world and had raised more than $61 Million for The Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Children's Hospital to fight against childhood cancer prior to the weekend event.

The Mont Alto participants were sponsored by the Potomac Valley Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association, APEX at Mont Alto and the Penn State Mont Alto bookstore. Quincy Panthers Midget Football contributed a $2500 donation. Additionally, Penn State Mont Alto will host the Franklin County Chapter’s ‘Dinner and Beer Sampling’ and Silent Auction event on March 12 with proceeds going to THON.

Mont Alto students collected community donations on four weekends between October and January at Starbucks and Walmart on Lincoln Way and at Gander Mountain at the Chambersburg Mall.

“We are thankful for the outpouring of support from individuals in our community,” said Michele Coletta, Mont Alto’s campus nurse and THON adviser.

To see photos and videos from THON, visit http://live.psu.edu/story/44723 online.

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Last Updated February 23, 2010