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No. 1 again—Penn State Fayette THON Team breaks another fundraising record!

3/3/2010 —
The Penn State Fayette THON Team broke another record by raising $75,830.25 for the 2010 THON campaign and secured the No. 1 spot again among Penn State’s 19 Commonwealth Campuses in the annual money-raising effort to fight pediatric cancer. Overall, THON teams across Penn State University raised more than $7.8 million this past year.

Since its organization 13 years ago, the Fayette campus THON team has raised a total of $568,335.79 for the Four Diamonds Fund charity. Elizabeth Wallace, the 2010 Fayette THON Team chair, observes, “Everyone on the THON team was so hard working; they never gave up. They know what THON is all about and they worked hard every day.”

Penn State Fayette Chancellor Emmanuel Osagie was thrilled when he heard the news of the Fayette THON Team’s tremendous accomplishment. “Our THON Team and all who donated toward this outstanding effort are to be commended. The team’s diligence, determination and tenacity—always with the end goal of raising money ‘for the kids’—resulted in this extraordinary outcome, and we are most thankful to each of them.”

More than 700 dancers and 15,000 student volunteers, faculty, staff, alumni and family members from throughout the University system packed the Bryce Jordan Center for the final THON event Feb. 19-21. Penn State Fayette was represented by 39 students and six dancers, who all made it through the grueling 46 hours of dancing.

Penn State Fayette THON Team advisor Chad Long says, “Every year new Fayette students come to campus and they hear about THON. Quite a few become involved with THON, and those who raise enough to participate in THON weekend at University Park come back saying how the event has changed their lives. Many of those students then take a leadership role in the following year’s fundraising campaign, introducing new students to THON, and making a real difference in the lives of others.”

Overall, this year’s Penn State University THON reached a new milestone by raising $7,838,054.36 for children with cancer. Among Penn State’s 19 Commonwealth Campuses, the Fayette THON Team has been in the No. 1 spot 11 of the past 13 years; the team placed second in 2005 and 2006.

THON is a year-round fundraising event benefiting The Four Diamonds Fund, which is striving to conquer childhood cancer by assisting children treated at Penn State Children’s Hospital and their families through superior care, comprehensive support, and innovative research. The fundraising culminates in the no sitting, no sleeping, 46-hour dance marathon held every February called THON (short for Dance Marathon). This collective effort has become one of Penn State’s greatest and most unifying traditions.

Any family with a child being treated for pediatric cancer at Penn State Children’s Hospital in Hershey is automatically eligible for support. The Four Diamonds Fund has helped more than 2,000 families since 1972. Approximately 90 new families receive support each year. The Fund offsets the cost of treatment that insurance does not cover, as well as expenses that may disrupt the welfare of the child, such as car repairs, rent, or household utilities.

The 2010 Penn State Fayette THON Team included: THON Chair Elizabeth Wallace, Advertising Captain Rebecca Springer, Campus Programming Captain Adam Filburn, Community Programming Captain and dancer Autumn Ruse, Financial Captain Corey Spaw,  Morale Captain Johnny Marcolini, Public Relations Captain Alyssa Gallo; dancers Kelly Huston, Becky Johnson, Donya Leichliter, Audra Tewell and Nick Tewell; and team members James Archibald, James Albert, Ashley Baker, Tiffany Blocker, Josh Colussy, Brandon Daveler, Braden Delmar, Kiley Detar, Jonathan Eicher, Malina Foley, Nicole Garrety, Sarah Geska, Lisa Greenawalt, Jordyn Hartsek, Kayla Hatfield, Jamie Kelley, Susie Kimmel, Tiffany Lehman, Karen Leatherberry, Rebecca Marucci, Sarah Mazanetz, Kara Moore, Brittany Murphy, Stacey Newell, Nicholas Nypaver, John Peck, Jeanine Piccolomini, Anthony Polvinale, Beth Porterfield, Mike Potter, Sara Provance, Leanne Reagan, Shawn Shrum, Angela Simmons, Rebecca Skovira, Claire Slack, Meagan Slates, Stephanie Sluk, Amanda Tringes, Brittany Washington, Morgan Waugh, and Allen Wontroba.

For more information about THON, visit www.THON.org.

For video clips of THON and the Penn State Fayette THON Team, visit the Fayette THON page at www.facebook.com.

Fayette THON Team

2010 Penn State Fayette THON Team.
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