Eclipse started its fundraising effort once members got back to school in the fall. Bake sales, THONvelopes, donation boxes, and its very first canning trip got things going for the org. It earned $2,600 from the trip.
The goal was to bring in new members to the group of 12 as the semester continued. Social media was key in growing the Eclipse family to 40.
“We made a Facebook page, a Twitter account, an Instagram account, and even our own website through Squarespace,” Weiss said. “We invited all of our Facebook friends that go to Penn State to follow our pages and then we continued to publicize our meetings and recruitment techniques. If it wasn’t for social media, we wouldn’t have recruited nearly as many people as we did.”
As a first-year org, Eclipse did not have any allocated spots for dancers and had to go through the lottery. Weiss and fellow co-founder Emily Mira had to sweat it out, but they were both selected as part of the 708 dancers announced Thursday. Eclipse expects to have allocated spots in the future, but nothing is guaranteed.
With just the finishing touches now ahead in its preparation for THON, Eclipse is relying on its mentors once again. Considering the effort it put in during the past year, the org looks forward to the next challenge with excitement.
“All of the work and dedication we have put into launching this new organization is going to be extremely satisfying knowing that we raised as much money as we have in order to change people’s lives,” Weiss said. “We started with 12 kids stuffed into a supplemental dorm, and we currently have an amazing group of 40 driven and committed members.”