Flapjack fundraiser for THON on Dec. 12
Penn State Hazleton’s THON committee will host a Flapjack Fundraiser Breakfast at Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar, 2 Weis Lane, West Hazleton, on Sunday, Dec. 12 from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. Tickets, $6.00 for adults and $4.50 for children, will be sold at the door or by calling the campus Student Affairs office at 570-450-3183. All proceeds go toward the fight against pediatric cancer.
Penn State Hazleton THON captains will help to serve the food at the breakfast, which will also feature a visit by the university’s mascot, the Nittany Lion.
Short for the Penn State IFC/Pan-Hellenic Dance Marathon, THON is the largest student-run philanthropy in the world. Penn State students spend almost one year fundraising, with efforts culminating in February in a 46-hour dance marathon in the Bryce Jordan Center at the University Park campus. All monies raised are donated to the Four Diamonds Fund at the Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.
In addition to the breakfast, students will also participate in “canning” – standing at area businesses with permission and asking people for donations – a long-standing THON tradition.
Canning weekends are scheduled for Jan. 21-23, and Feb. 11-13. Students will “can” from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at several area locations including Gould’s ShurSave, Conyngham; Boyer’s Food Market, Hazleton; and Walmart, Hazleton. For more information on donating to Penn State Hazleton THON’s fundraising efforts, go to: www.clubs.psu.edu/hn/thon/.
In 1973, a small group of Penn State students held the first dance marathon with 34 dancers raising $2,000. Since then, THON’s presence in the Penn State community has grown exponentially and now consists of more than 15,000 student volunteers and 700 dancers. The dance marathon has raised more than $69 million for the Four Diamonds Fund which helps families with costs of treatments not covered by insurance and other expenses that may affect the welfare of afflicted children. Additionally, the fund supports the medical team and pediatric cancer research.
Last year, Penn State Hazleton ranked third in Penn State Commonwealth Campuses by raising over $27,000.
The Nittany Lion is pictured with Penn State Hazleton THON captains participating in the Nov. 14 Flapjack Fundraiser at Applebee’s, West Hazleton. Captains and their areas of responsibility, include, from left: front row, Sukanya Parasher, public relations; Doris Diaz, merchandise; Alyssa Romero, canning; Paulina Jones, events; Andrea Quintero, canning; Letizia Schianodicola, community liaison; and Tara Perpignan, merchandise. Back row, Danielle Zavala, public relations; Jen Simpson, events; Samantha Fuss, family relations; Matthew Bremy, technology; Bill Riccette, events; David Updike, community liaison; and Mike Pirtle, overall THON chair.