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She Said Yes! FOTO Dancer Proposes to Girlfriend

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Shortly following the conclusion of the Pep Rally, a celebratory roar rang from one corner of the floor on the BJC. In the middle of it all, a couple stood in embrace, surrounded by excited bystanders. The third engagement during THON 2014 belonged to Rich Lion and Jess O’Lock.

Rich Lion, a dancer for FOTO, and O’Lock, who Lion refers to as “his big supporter,” met each other at a middle school dance in the 8th grade. Lion, of Landsdowne, PA, and O’Lock, of Drexel Hill, PA, have been dating for the last 8 years.

“I couldn’t think of a better place. All our friends are here,” said Lion on his decision to pop the question at THON.

“THON is just a magical place. Giving kids a chance to live a normal life is just a great thing,” he said.

So where did he conceal the ring during this time? Lion pointed to a staple THON object: his fanny pack.

“I had [the ring] in here for the last six hours,” he laughed.

We wish Rich and Jess a happy future and the best of luck as Rick continues to dance FTK!

THON - The IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (THON), the most ubiquitous event on campus, has been in existence since 1973. THON currently benefits the Four Diamonds Fund at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Children’s Hospital and has raised over $100,000,000 since its inception. Read more