Penn State Shenango students to hold fundraiser to support kids with cancer

From 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, the Penn State Shenango auditorium will be filled with the aroma of Italy when the campus’ holds its second annual THON Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser. The event is sponsored by Penn State Shenango Benefitting THON and various local restaurants, including Muscarella’s in Sharpsville; Olive Garden in Niles, Ohio; Hickory Grill in Hermitage; and Fererra’s in Sharon. All proceeds will support kids with cancer.

Dinner will include spaghetti and meatballs, salad, bread and butter, and cake. Tickets may be purchased in advance for $8 or at the door for $10. Children and senior citizen tickets are $5 anytime. For advanced ticket sales, stop in the Penn State Students Affairs Office in Sharon Hall Room 103, located on Penn Avenue in downtown Sharon.

In addition to dinner, a basket raffle will be available. Each purchased dinner ticket will include one free basket raffle ticket. Other basket raffle tickets may be purchased for $5 for a sheet of 25.

"We are very thankful for those who helped us reach our phenomenal goal last year, and we are looking forward to everyone's support at this year’s event," said Khyana Johnson from Sharon. “Our committee members have been very dedicated and have exceeded our fundraising expectations in support of kids fighting cancer. We are truly grateful for the opportunity to put on this event; the feeling we gain from making a difference in these children's lives is priceless. We hope to spread awareness in our community so we can all come together to support these kids."

THON is the largest student run philanthropy in the world, where students passionately raise money to create awareness opportunities, fund research and assist families struggling with the fight against cancer. Since 1977, when THON was first established, Penn State students have raised more than $84 million dollars for the Four Diamonds Fund. This effort engages more than 15,000 students across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and Penn State Shenango students are especially motivated to make a difference. In 2012-13, Penn State Shenango raised approximately $8,600 and is committed to making this year’s fundraiser more successful with the support of the community.

If you are unable to make the event but would like to make a contribution to pediatric cancer, you may donate online at www.thon.org. For more information, contact the Penn State Shenango Student Affairs office at 724-983-2836.

Last Updated December 06, 2013