Greater Allegheny raises money for THON

Penn State Greater Allegheny students Ashia Mack and Jaleel Dyson are representing the campus as dancers at THON 2014, the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon. 

THON is a yearlong effort to raise funds and awareness for the fight against pediatric cancer. Since 1977, THON has raised more than $101 million for the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital, which supports childhood cancer research. THON 2014 will take place from Feb. 21 to 23 at Penn State's Bryce Jordan Center on the University Park campus, where dancers will attempt to stay on their feet for 46 hours.

At Greater Allegheny, THON efforts are led by THON Chair Andrew Pricener and Co-chair Jaleel Dyson. The Greater Allegheny community is holding a number of fundraising events leading up to THON weekend, which include:

-- A THON Blood Drive on Wednesday, Feb. 5.  The Red Cross has committed to donating $4 per person that attempts to donate and/or donates blood.

-- Cooking with Doug at 6 p.m. Feb. 6 in Café Metro. Douglas Powell, manager of Housing and Food Services at Penn State Greater Allegheny, will demonstrate the preparation of a main dish, a specialty and a dessert. The cost of this event is $4 per person.

-- Billiards Bonanza at 8 p.m. Feb. 8 at Steel City Billiards. Cost is $10 for all-night pool, with $5 from each ticket going to THON. 

 -- A showing of the THON movie at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, in the Fitness and Cultural Center. Admission is free, however concessions, including popcorn and cotton candy will be for sale.

-- THON Bowling on Valentines Day at 9 p.m. Feb. 14 at Playmor Bowling Center. The cost of this event is $10 per person. Please see Erin O' Malley, associate director of Student Affairs, in Room 211 of the Student Community Center (SCC) for tickets and more details.

So far the THON Organization of Greater Allegheny has raised more than $9,000 towards the fight against cancer. Donations will be accepted up until THON Weekend beginning Feb. 21. Inspirational notes or letters can be dropped off to O' Malley in Room 211 of the SCC by Feb. 10.

For more information, contact O'Malley at or 412-675-9493.

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Last Updated February 05, 2014