Students wrapping holiday gifts to benefit THON

December 14, 2010

Students at Penn State New Kensington will be at Pittsburgh Mills Mall from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Dec. 17-19, to help shoppers wrap their holiday gifts and to raise funds for children with cancer. The service is free to the public, but donations are highly encouraged. All proceeds benefit THON -- the annual Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon -- and benefit the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Children's Hospital, which supports children being treated for pediatric cancer and their families. THON is a University-wide event and Kelly Sieja is the chair for the New Kensington campus. Last year, the THON committee shattered the campus record by raising more than $23,000. The total eclipsed the previous record of $13,000 set in 2004. University-wide, THON raised more than $7.8 million, bringing the total raised since its inception in 1977 to more than $70 million. THON is the largest student-run philanthropy in the world.  Since 2002, the campus has collected more than $90,000. Sieja, a sophomore psychology major, encourages Penn State alumni and friends to do the shopping and let the New Kensington students do the wrapping. For more on THON, visit http://www.thon.org/home online.

 

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Last Updated December 15, 2010