Penn State York's Cabaret for a Cure to benefit THON set for Jan. 29

January 08, 2016

Editor's Note: Due to the impending major snowstorm, Penn State York Benefitting THON’s Cabaret for a Cure, a talent a variety show originally scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 22, has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 29, at the Pullo Family Performing Arts Center (The Pullo Center) on campus.

Tickets already purchased for the show will be honored. Proceeds from the event benefit THON and the battle to fight pediatric cancer. The Thursday night rehearsal for the show happened as scheduled.


"Fairy tales are more than true — not because they tell us dragons exist, but because they tell us dragons can be beaten." 

-- G.K. Chesterton

Samantha Glancey, a Penn State York student majoring in psychology and the Cabaret for a Cure coordinator at Penn State York, shared this quote as part of her remarks concerning the upcoming talent and variety show, Cabaret for a Cure, set for 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, at Penn State York’s Pullo Family Performing Arts Center.

Proceeds from the event go to the campus THON committee's effort to raise money to find a cure for pediatric cancer through THON, the Penn State Dance Marathon.

In 1973, Christopher Mallard wrote his epic fairytale, “The Four Diamonds,” which ultimately led to the creation of Four Diamonds at the Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital, which provides funds for children and their families battling pediatric cancer. With this story, Mallard dubbed those helping the cause as knights, tasked with the mission to defeat the dragon of childhood cancer.

“Today, 42 years later, Penn State students across 19 campuses remain dedicated to the mission Christopher bestowed on us all those years ago. Penn State York is, of course, no exception," said Glancey. “Our THON group works endlessly all year long to raise money to aid in the battle against childhood cancer, and this year we wanted to do something big, somewhat unique. As a result of this desire, Cabaret for a Cure was born.”

Glancey, who danced at THON last year in memory of her brother, who died from pediatric cancer, will emcee the show along with fellow student and THON member Giovanni Senno, a business administration major.

Cabaret for a Cure is a variety-style show featuring some of the most talented individuals from Penn State York and the local community. The show includes a wide array of talent, from singers performing opera arias to traditional Nigerian dances and everything in between. This family-friendly show also includes a karate demonstration and a performance by Révérence Dance Studio El Emet, in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.

Prizes will be awarded and judges will decide the winners of this entertaining event.

“We fight to put an end to pediatric cancer, and every year, every event puts us closer to our goal,” said Glancey. “Someday, childhood cancer will be conquered. Someday, no child will spend their childhood in a hospital. Cabaret for a Cure is getting us closer to this goal.”

Tickets for the event are on sale now for $5 at The Pullo Center box office or online. Children age 5 and under are admitted free.

This is just one of many events sponsored by Penn State York THON leading up to the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (THON), the 46-hour dance marathon, set for Feb. 19-21 at the Bryce Jordan Center on the University Park campus. The theme for THON 2016 is “Believe Beyond Boundaries.”  

Anyone interested in supporting the dancers from Penn State York can donate online at Please click on “Donate Now.” Donations made to the York THON group will be credited to the campus and then added to the final total at University Park. Checks in support of THON should be made payable to: Penn State Dance Marathon or THON, and sent to Penn State York, 1031 Edgecomb Ave., York, PA 17403. Please be sure to note "York, Org. 170" in the memo line of the check.

THON is the world’s largest student-run philanthropy, engaging more than 15,000 students in the fight against childhood cancer. THON’s yearlong fundraising and awareness campaign culminates in a 46-hour no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon every February. Since 1977, THON has donated more than $127 million to Four Diamonds at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital, funding comprehensive care and critical research.

  • York Cabaret Promo 2016

    Dancing for the kids at THON 2015. Samantha Glancey, left, one of York's THON dancers, and Giovanni Senno and Whitney Brown, Penn State York THON members, enjoy their time on the floor of the Bryce Jordan Center. Glancey and Senno will serve as emcees for Cabaret for Cure at Penn State York on Jan. 22.

    IMAGE: Barbara Dennis
  • Cabaret for a Cure POster 2016

    Penn State York Benefiting THON hopes to raise funds to help in the battle against pediatric cancer through Cabaret for a Cure, a talent and variety show set for Jan. 22 at the Pullo Family Performing Arts Center on campus.

    IMAGE: Barbara Dennis
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