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Mont Alto Students Raised More than $12,000 for THON

2/24/2009 —

Penn State Mont Alto sent four students and 20+ supporters to the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, affectionately referred to as THON, at University Park.  The Mont Alto THON group raised pledges of more than $12,000 with more than half of it ($6,094.35) given by Chambersburg community members via collection cans at area businesses. THON is the largest student-run philanthropy in the world and has raised more than $59 Million to fight against childhood cancer.  

The students— Travis Barrick from Carlisle (Soph.), Megan Curtis of Carlisle (Frosh.), Erin Diehl of Baltimore, MD (Soph.), and Aileen Thompson of Allentown (Frosh.)—began dancing at 6:00pm Friday, February 20th and remained on their feet for 46 hours.  The Mont Alto participants were sponsored by the Potomac Valley Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association.  Mont Alto students also collected community donations on four weekends between October and January at Starbucks and Walmart on Lincoln Way and on location in downtown Chambersburg.  “We are thankful for the outpouring of support from individuals in our community,” commented Michele Coletta, Mont Alto’s THON advisor.

In 1972, a small group of dedicated Penn State students held their first Dance Marathon. That year, 34 dancers participated and raised $2,000. Since then, THON’s presence in the Penn State community has grown exponentially. THON now has 15,000 student volunteers, 700 dancers, and has raised more than $59 million, benefiting The Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Children’s Hospital.  Visit www.thon.org for more information.

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