The Berks County Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association (PSAA) will present a check for $9,000 to the Berks THON organization at their dancer send-off from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, in the Multipurpose Room of the Perkins Student Center.
The donation comes from Reading Royals Night, which was sponsored by the Berks County Chapter of the PSAA and the Reading Royals hockey team on Saturday, Jan. 18. Five dollars from every ticket sold through the event website was donated, and the Royals’ players all wore special Penn State Ice Hockey themed jerseys that were autographed and auctioned off after the game.
The event was attended by a busload of students from Penn State Berks and Schuylkill, who joined the Berks County Chapter to support this worthwhile event. In total, more than 285 alumni, faculty, staff and students attended. In addition to the hockey game, more than 125 individuals, including special guest Jay Paterno, attended a special pre-game meal to support THON. In the four-year history of the Chapter’s Reading Royals Night, they have raised more than $39,000 for THON.
Shawn Hinkle, PSAA president, said, “As alumni, our chapter is very proud to continue our support of THON, and in particular the Berks THON students and Four Diamond families in Berks County. Without the continued time, efforts and generosity of our entire Penn State family, as well as our community partners like the Reading Royals, successful THON events like this would not be possible.”
From Friday, Feb. 21, to Sunday, Feb. 23, Penn State students from every campus will gather at the Bryce Jordan Center on the University Park campus for THON, the 46-hour dance marathon to benefit the Four Diamonds Fund supporting families battling pediatric cancer.
For more information or to make a donation to THON, contact the Campus Life Office at 610-396-6076 or visit thon.org. Go to the drop-down window labeled "Please give the following organization credit for my gift" and select "Berks."