Greater Allegheny students support THON

Two students from Penn State Greater Allegheny danced the night away at Penn State’s THON, raising money to fight pediatric cancer.  The Greater Allegheny campus raised nearly $11,000 towards the THON total of more than $12.3 million.

Julia Qualiotto, a junior business management major, and Andrew Pricener, a sophomore business management major, represented Penn State Greater Allegheny as dancers at the University’s annual dance marathon.  Helping to cheer on the dancers were THON Chairs Jaleel Dyson and Cassandra Studeny. 

The Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon is a year-long fundraising and awareness campaign. This effort engages more than 15,000 students across Pennsylvania in hopes of finding a cure. The year culminates with a 46 hour no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon known as THON Weekend. This event is held at Penn State's Bryce Jordan Center each year in the month February.

This year, more than 700 dancers spent the entire weekend on their feet.  In addition to the dancers, thousands of students helped raise funds throughout the year, and thousands more volunteered during THON weekend to boost dancers' morale, keep them fed and entertained, make sure they stayed safe and hydrated. 

When asked why she participated in THON, Studeny said, “For the kids of course!!  I wanted to be a part of something bigger than myself and anything else I know.  Knowing that I am making a difference in someone’s life means the world to me and I couldn’t be more thankful to be a part of it.”  She added, “To be able to drop any burden, issue, or struggle that I may think is affecting me just to be there for the kids and realize that every day is a struggle for them makes my problems seem so insignificant.”

The Greater Allegheny campus held a number of events to raise money for THON, including a blood drive, bowling, Wii/2K tournaments, THONvelopes, donations, and even a pie in the face contest. 

Erin O’Malley is the staff adviser for THON at Penn State Greater Allegheny.  She said, “THON was amazing. I cannot even describe the feeling I had watching the pride our dancers and the other 700 had on their faces when that total was raised. I don't think there was a dry eye on that floor!” 

THON began in 1973, when dancers raised just over $2,000. IN 1977 THON partnered with the Four Diamonds Fund, which supports childhood cancer research. THON is the largest student-run philanthropy effort in the nation. The event has raised more than $100 million FTK – For the Kids.


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Last Updated March 27, 2013