Jan. 20 THON silent auction to benefit pediatric cancer research

January 14, 2010

Who said a silent auction has to be silent? Certainly not the students planning this year's Penn State Brandywine THON Silent Auction to benefit pediatric cancer from 3 to 7 p.m. on Jan. 20, in the Commons Building Gymnasium.

Attendees at the annual event can bid on their favorite items and day trips, including tickets to the Philadelphia Zoo, the Please Touch Museum, Winterthur Museum, Eastern State Penitentiary, People's Light and Theater Co., passes to Jack Frost/Big Boulder ski areas, and a Healing Hands massage, to name a few.

To spice up this year's event, the students have added games for all ages, a variety of foods, and have lowered the admission price. Admission to the event is two dollars and will include popcorn, snow cones, other carnival-themed foods, arts, crafts and face painting. There also will be a THON Idol competition, a DJ and possibly a few messy games, including pie throwing with Penn State Brandywine staff or faculty as the targets and the creation of a human sundae with Matthew Shupp, director of student affairs, as the subject.

Guests will enjoy what's sure to be a colorful visit from Shaun Young, the diehard Philadelphia Eagles fan known throughout the Philadelphia sports world as "Crazy Shaun" or the "superfan."

There will be stations where people can create mail to send to this year's THON dancers to keep them going during the annual dance marathon at University Park and cards for children being treated for pediatric cancer at the Hershey Medical Center.

The campus' THON members will sell T-shirts and provide information about THON to anyone interested in learning more about the largest student-run philanthropy in the country. All proceeds from the event will benefit THON, a fundraiser whose goal is the erradication of childhood cancer.

"I hope a lot of people come out this year to support THON at the auction -- not just students, but community members too," campus THON chair Teron Meyers, a senior from Upper Darby, said. "This is a day of fun, but it's to benefit pediatric cancer. It's for the kids and to help us reach our goal of raising $20,000 this academic year."

For more information on the event, contact Meyers at tam5086@psu.edu.

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Last Updated January 18, 2010