Spaghetti dinner benefits New Kensington's THON efforts

November 06, 2012

With THON 2013 only four months away, Penn State New Kensington students are stepping up the fundraising activities with a spaghetti dinner from noon to 6 p.m. Nov. 18, at the Mount Hope Presbyterian Church in Penn Hills, Pa.

The menu features salad, bread, tea/orange juice/water/coffee, spaghetti with meat sauce or plain marinara, and various desserts. Tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for children younger than 10, and free for children 3 years old and younger. Takeout is available.

The Penn State Interfraternity Council/ Panhellenic Dance Marathon, aka THON, is a University-wide event scheduled for Feb. 15 to 17, at the Bryce Jordan Center on the University Park campus. Kelsie Nury, a sophomore in the Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management program, is the THON chairwoman for the New Kensington campus. She has set a goal of $55,000, which would be the campus' highwater mark.

A year ago, Nury, a graduate of Burrell High School, represented the campus as a dancer at the marathon event and helped raise $50,437, second best total in campus history. The $52,000 in 2011 total is the campus standard. In the past three years, the New Kensington THON committee has collected more than $122,000 to support pediatric cancer patients, families and researchers. Since 2002, the total is $216,000.

Fundraising activities will continue through February as campus students will be hosting various events and canning outside businesses in the region to raise money for what is believed to be the largest student-run philanthropy in the world.

Mount Hope Presbyterian Church is located at 12106 Frankstown Road, Penn Hills. For more about the spaghetti dinner, contact Kelsie Nury at 724-462-1779 or

For information on other campus THON events, contact Lauren Blum at 724-334-6063 or


  • THON committee Chairwoman Kelsie Nury, center, was a member of the campus team that raised $50,000 for THON 2012.

    IMAGE: Bill Woodard

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Last Updated November 06, 2012