THON volleyball fundraiser a great success

February 03, 2009
Students at Penn State’s Greater Allegheny Campus held their annual “Volley For A Cure” volleyball tournament to help raise money for children with cancer.
The event raised nearly $700 for Penn State’s IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, affectionately known as THON. THON is a university-wide organization that benefits the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, which provides funding for families of children with cancer and support for pediatric research.
Nine teams of six to eight players packed the Wunderly Gymnasium on the Greater Allegheny Campus from 9 a.m. to 4. p.m. on Jan. 24 to compete for the championship title. Most teams were made up of students past and present, but a newly-established faculty and staff team gave the students a run for their money.
"The Academics” faculty/staff team included instructors from the math and engineering departments, residence life staff and a few friends. The team was led by captain and faculty staff assistant Nancy Egan. They finished near the top of the rankings.
Taking the championship this year was reigning champion “The Regulators”, led by  alumnus Conrad Mickley. “We had an awesome turnout, everyone seemed to have a great time, and we raised a huge amount to add to our THON total,” THON Co-Chair Amber Pistella said of the event.
Greater Allegheny THON has raised more than $14,000 so far this year, surpassing last year’s total. Donations are still needed. Those interested in making a donation can contact Erin O’Malley, THON and S.G.A. adviser, at (412) 675-9493.

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Last Updated March 19, 2009