THON team kicks off fundraising with special event

September 27, 2011

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -- The Penn State Lehigh Valley THON team will kick off its fundraising for kids with cancer with a special event at 12:15 p.m. on Oct. 6, at the campus in Center Valley. The event will include a basketball tournament as well as the chance for students to "Pie Your Presidents" for a donation.

The THON kickoff event marks the official start of the fundraising season that leads up to the 46-hour, no sitting, no sleeping Dance Marathon held each February at the Bryce Jordan Center at Penn State's University Park campus. Last year, the campus team shattered their previous record by raising more than $24,000 toward the University total of $9 million. Proceeds from THON benefit the Four Diamonds Fund in its effort to conquer pediatric cancer.

In addition to the kickoff event, the campus team is planning various fundraising projects including the popular "Mr. LV" talent competition, and canning weekends at sites around the Lehigh Valley.

For more information, contact University Relations at 610-285-5067 or email For more information about THON, visit online.

  • Former THON dancer Karissa Bollinger prepares to accept a pie in the face to raise money for THON.

    IMAGE: Penn State

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