IST THON group makes final fundraising push

January 19, 2011

Students in the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) are entering the home stretch as they work to raise funds for the 2011 edition of the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, the effort affectionately know as THON.

Last Thursday the students held a fundraiser at Five Guys Burgers and Fries on College Avenue in downtown State College. Russ Beck, IST THON director, said the event went well, though he said students will not know how much was raised until the end of this week. Other fundraising activities included a wiffleball tournament and chili cook-off, held earlier this year. Students also have gone canning in Pittsburgh and in West Chester.

“This year has been a good starting point, and we hope to build on it in coming years,” Beck said.

Students will continue their efforts, hosting a video game tournament at the end of January and a blood drive at Rec Hall in February. They also are soliciting donations from any faculty or staff members who have not yet donated.

The dancer lottery will be held Feb. 2. Student pairs and new organizations must raise at least $2,600 to be entered into the lottery. Students receive an extra chance to be selected in the lottery for every $500 raised above the $2,600 threshold.

“We are not guaranteed to have dancers, but we are solidly in the lottery,” Beck said. “We have to make sure our dedication doesn’t drop off, even when all but one of the executive board graduates in May."

To learn more, or to donate to IST THON, visit or online.

Last Updated July 07, 2011