University Police and Public Safety raising funds for THON in November

October 30, 2020

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Penn State University Police and Public Safety employees are raising funds for the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (THON) during No-Shave November.

Officer Ralph Lindsey wearing a Santa hat

Police Officer Ralph Lindsey, who serves at Penn State Hazleton, was one of the many University Police and Public Safety employees who participated in the department's No-Shave November event in 2019, which raised funds for THON.

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No-Shave November is a nationally known event that creates awareness and raises funds to support cancer research and treatment. The concept is to save money typically spent on shaving supplies and to instead put those funds toward cancer research and treatment efforts. 

For the second year in a row, University Police and Public Safety is allowing its employees, including roughly 160 police officers at 22 campuses, to skip shaving in November when they donate $20 or more to THON. 

“The department is proud to participate in this important cause that helps save lives and support families in some of their darkest hours,” said Charlie Noffsinger, associate vice president of University Police and Public Safety. “We look forward to supporting THON for another year alongside so many other Penn Staters who understand the importance of this initiative.”

The community is invited to support this effort by making their own donations to THON, a Penn State student-run philanthropic effort that supports treatment and research for pediatric cancer.  

“We are proud to be part of the thousands of Penn Staters who support THON, which is a student-led philanthropic centerpiece in the Penn State community that positively impacts the lives of so many,” said Michelle Beckenbaugh, police officer, event organizer and community-oriented policing liaison for University Police and Public Safety.

From noon on Dec. 2 to noon on Dec. 4, the community can vote on Facebook (@pennstatepolice) for the participant with the best facial hair.

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Last Updated October 30, 2020