New THON flea market to raise money for pediatric cancer

October 09, 2009

Penn State's student-run organization, THON, is holding its very first flea market on the Brandywine campus to raise money for children with pediatric cancer and is looking for community participation. The event will take place as part of Penn State Brandywine campus' annual fall festival, Penn State Day, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 24, in the parking lot by the campus' athletic field.

"Everyone has items in their house that they no longer want, need, or can even store," THON Chair Teron Meyers said. "We thought it would be a great idea to take those items off of the hands of community members and give them the opportunity to earn a profit."

Brandywine THON organizers are hoping for a large turnout at this year’s event. Those interested in selling their items at the flea market can purchase one parking spot for $15, two for $20, three for $30, and additional spots for $5 for each after that, and can sell things such as unwanted household items, antiques, collectibles, artwork and personal creations.

With a new chairperson leading the organization and a new committee in place, there are many innovative plans in store for this year's THON.

Last year, Penn State Brandywine THON raised $12,313.20, which was part of the overall total of $7,490,133.87 for all Penn State THON organizations. A lot of that money was raised at special events like the flea market, in addition to canister fundraising, known as "canning," and personal donations. "This year’s THON committee hopes to raise $20,000, a goal that showcases the organization’s ambition," said Meyers, a senior from Upper Darby.

To purchase a spot at the flea market, please contact Lauren Henderson at 610-909-6315 or Tiffany Ragins-Morris at 610-990-5161.

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Last Updated October 12, 2009