Mont Alto students, community raised more than $12,000 for THON

February 20, 2009

Mont Alto, Pa. -- Penn State Mont Alto sent four students and more than 20 supporters this past weekend to the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, affectionately referred to as THON, at University Park. The Mont Alto THON group has raised pledges of more than $12,000 to date with more than half of it ($6,094.35) given by Chambersburg community members via collection cans at area businesses.

The students — sophomore Travis Barrick from Carlisle, freshman Megan Curtis of Carlisle, sophomore Erin Diehl of Baltimore and freshman Aileen Thompson of Allentown — began dancing at 6 p.m. Friday and stayed on their feet for 46 hours. THON is the largest student-run philanthropic event in the world and has raised nearly $60 million to fight against childhood cancer.

The Mont Alto participants are sponsored by the Potomac Valley Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association. Additionally, Mont Alto will host the Franklin County Chapter's Wine Tasting Event and Silent Auction on March 13, with proceeds going to THON.

Mont Alto students collected community donations on four weekends between October and January at Starbucks and Wal-Mart on Lincoln Way and on location in downtown Chambersburg. "We are thankful for the outpouring of support from individuals in our community," said Michele Coletta, Mont Alto's THON adviser.
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Last Updated March 19, 2009