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Students and the community together raised more than $13,600 for THON

2/17/2010 —

Penn State Mont Alto is sending two students and more than 20 supporters this weekend to the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, affectionately referred to as THON, at University Park.  The Mont Alto THON group has raised pledges of more than $13,600 to date with more than half of it ($7,325) given by Chambersburg community members via collection cans at area businesses and to students canning on foot in the community. Quincy Panthers Midget Football contributed a $2500 donation.

The students—Jennifer Stremmel from Hanover (Soph.) and Joseph Price from Elk Ridge, MD (Soph.)—will begin dancing at 6 pm Friday and must remain on their feet for 46 hours. THON is the largest student-run philanthropy in the world and has raised more than $61 Million for The Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Children's Hospital to fight against childhood cancer.  

The Mont Alto participants are sponsored by the Potomac Valley Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association. Additionally, Penn State Mont Alto will host the Franklin County Chapter’s ‘Dinner and Beer Sampling’ and Silent Auction event on March 12 with proceeds going to THON.

Mont Alto students collected community donations on four weekends between October and January at Starbucks and Walmart on Lincoln Way and at Gander Mountain at the Chambersburg Mall. “We are thankful for the outpouring of support from individuals in our community,” commented Michele Coletta, Mont Alto’s campus nurse and THON advisor.

THON may be viewed live via webcast during the event at www.thon.org

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 $61 million, benefiting The Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Children’s Hospital.  Visit www.thon.org for more information. 


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