Greater Allegheny students raise more than $17,000 for THON

March 03, 2009

THON 2009 was a huge success! Penn State Greater Allegheny recently took part in a 46-hour, no sleeping, no sitting dance marathon to help raise money for kids with pediatric cancer. The Penn State Greater Allegheny campus collected more than $17,000 of the total $7.49 million raised. We would like to thank the surrounding community of Penn State Greater Allegheny for all donations and support.

Four dancers represented Penn State Greater Allegheny along with 704 other dancers at the annual Penn State Dance Marathon (THON) that was held on Friday, Feb. 20, through Sunday, Feb. 22, at the University Park campus's Bryce Jordan Center.

This year Michael Wanchek, senior information science and technology major, was chair of the drive. Co-chairing the drive was Amber Pistella, sophomore, pursuing a degree in engineering. Wanchek has been involved with THON since his sophomore year and was one of four dancers from the campus last year. Dancing this year were Danielle Soucy, sophomore, pursuing a degree in biology; Santwon Hines, a sophomore pursuing a degree in business management; Zach Schmidt, sophomore, pursuing a degree in journalism; and Ashley Altavilla, sophomore, pursuing a degree in elementary education. More than 50 current and former Greater Allegheny students, known as "moralers," cheered on the dancers through all 46 hours.

The goal was to surpass Greater Allegheny's last year's total of $11,200 by canning throughout the campus and local community. Funds were raised to support pediatric cancer patients at the Penn State Children's Hospital, Penn State Hershey Medical Center.




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Last Updated March 19, 2009