New Kensington campus exceeds THON goal with $8700

March 05, 2009

Students at Penn State New Kensington exceeded their goal and raised $8,700 for the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon that benefits the Four Diamonds Fund and the fight against pediatric cancer.

University-wide, THON broke all records again this year, raising more than $7.49 million and bringing the total raised since its inception to more than $57 million. THON is believed to be the largest student-run philanthropy in the world.

New Kensington students Erika Mazur and Kyle Tomer represented the campus at the University Park event. Aided by a cadre of morale coaches or "moralers" as they are known in the THON circles, the two sophomores joined 700 Penn State students from all Penn State campuses, and completed the grueling 46-hour dance marathon that helps families of children who are coping with the disease. Tomer added a touch of panache to the event by wearing a designer onesy that was made to fit an eight-year old.

"Everyone loved my Transformer onesy and the matching T-shirt that I gave to my moraler," said Tomer, an engineering major form Allison Park, Pa."I enjoyed all forty-six hours and couldn't have done it without all the encouragement and support of all the students from New Ken."

Throughout the no-sitting, no-sleeping event, dancers were supported by the entertainment and the crowds in the stands. Many of the Four Diamonds Families who benefit from the money raised at THON also were in attendance.

Since the fall semester, Deanna Mazur, campus THON chair, and her committee created interesting on-and off-campus activities. Events included canning at Pittsburgh Mills mall, a basketball game, dodge ball tournament, guest serving at Morgan’s Restaurant in Penn Hills, holiday gift wrapping, and a Halloween pumpkin carving sale. In addition, faculty and staff participated in a casual Wednesday "dress-down" day and a "Pie your Professor" day.

Mazur's leadership generated the fourth-best total in campus history. During the past 10 years, New Kensington students have raised almost $75,000.

“We were trying to be creative and have fun activities for the whole campus,” said Mazur, a sophomore business major. “We topped our goal but we are still accepting donations."

To make a contribution at the New Kensington campus, e-mail Mazur, or call the SGA office at (724) 334-6141.

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Last Updated March 19, 2009