As THON weekend approaches, students ramp up fundraising efforts

January 18, 2011

With just less than a month until the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, the event affectionately referred to as THON, students at Penn State Lehigh Valley are ramping up their fundraising efforts with a number of campus activities.

Through Jan. 21, students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in THON Penny Wars in the campus' Centre Hall. During Penny Wars, contributors decide who will represent Penn State Lehigh Valley as dancers at THON by dropping money in each candidate's can. Each penny is a vote cast in favor of that candidate, while silver and paper money donated count negatively toward that candidate. However, the outcome is far from negative, as all proceeds go directly to benefit THON and its mission to conquer childhood cancer.

Then, at 6 p.m. on Jan. 26, students will show-off their entertainment skills to the campus community during the "LV's Got Talent" show. Admission is $5.

The THON team will hold its annual Silent Auction during the week of Feb. 7. To prepare, the team will accept donations of items for the auction until Feb. 1. In past auctions, donated items have included items such as handbags, Penn State gear, and tickets to events. If you would like to donate an item to be bid on, send an e-mail to or visit Student Affairs in room 214.

The proceeds from all of these events go directly to the campus THON total which benefits the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Children's Hospital and its mission of conquering childhood cancer.

For more information, contact University Relations at 610-285-5067 or send an e-mail to

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Last Updated January 18, 2011