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Starting last will reward one Penn State student a different type of prize money when he runs the Philadelphia Half-Marathon to raise money For The Kids. Learn more about the Cents of Hope project and how you can donate.
Happy Monday, Penn State! Brew up some coffee and get in your weekly dose of the THON Overall Series by checking out our interview with Public Relations Overall, Kirsten Quisenberry.
The Penn State IFC-Panhellenic Dance Marathon, or THON, has released it’s Summary of Fundraising Activities for the 2010-2011 fiscal year (July 1, 2010 – June 30, 2011) today. From July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011 $9,594,880.17 was raised. Of this total, $9,266,841.14 (96.58%) was donated to the The Four Diamonds Fund. Breakdown after the jump.
Classes have started, the quarterback carousel is turning, and canning weekends are here. Ah, yes, fall is upon us. As a former THON chair, I know that canning is great way to meet new friends and raise money for the cause that we all love and adore. In preparation for this weekend, here are a few tips for both veterans and first-timers.
Yammer. Even though it launched in 2008, I had only heard of it this semester. And it is actually very interesting. I’m not tech savvy and unfortunately it doesn’t come with instructions but professors on campus are trying to incorporate it into activity amongst themselves and their students.
Last week, I had the opportunity to sit down and speak with each of the THON Overalls. As the Onward State’s THON senior content producer, I figured it would be in my best interest to get to know each of them a little bit, as well as introduce them to myself.
THON is a year-long event, and sometimes we forget just how vital our battle is along the way. The passion surges back here and there, but it usually isn’t until THON weekend that we realize the lasting impact we make in the children’s, family’s, and each other’s lives. Listening to the Overalls, I have learned a few lessons that I believe will not only help make THON the best it can possibly be, but help bring a little more love into this world that so desperately needs it.
As a fresh Penn Stater, understanding the difference between a THON committee and a THON organization is a bit difficult. THON in general is a bit difficult to wrap your head around. Luckily, my older brother went to Penn State, and so I had someone to explain the situation to me. For those who are not as fortunate as I, yesterday evening’s New To THON offered students the opportunity to attain a solid foundation of what makes THON tick.
With committee applications out and special interest organizations beginning to meet, the THON 2012 season is quickly getting underway. This evening, THON will host will host New to THON for students who haven’t previously been involved in the largest student-run philanthropy in the world.
For those of you who are new to Penn State or live under a rock, the IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (aka THON) is probably the biggest thing at Penn State besides football. THON is the largest student-run philanthropy in the world and has raised over $78 million since 1973 for the Four Diamonds Fund. THON 2012 will be happening February 17th-19th, but the time to get involved is now.
Since THON is such a big deal and almost every club, sport, or organization participates, there are literally hundreds of opportunities. The most common way is to join a THON committee. There are 11 committees that need about 3,500 students to help make THON 2012 the best it possibly can be. We’re here to help you pick the right one and give some tips on the process.
Yesterday evening, the 2012 THON Captains received a long-awaited knock on their doors, informing them of their new positions. In lieu of the addition to this year’s THON assembly, committee member applications are now available, and we know you’re itching to fill them out.
One thing that has surely crossed all minds is THON. While we are only beginning to wonder about the upcoming THON year, Overall Elaine Tanella, and a good number of other THON overalls and captains have been hard at work all summer. To pull off the spectacle that is THON, you need an entire year. In the hopes of satisfying your FTK curiosity, I talked with Elaine to see what they have been up to during our absence from Happy Valley and to get to know the person who is heading up this mission.
Over the past three days, an internet rally centered around Twitter and Facebook has been waged in order to help THON child Lexi Bartlett meet her idol, Taylor Swift. According to the event page,“Lexi is 6 years old and has stage 4 Neuroblastoma cancer. She has been fighting this horrible disease since she was 3 years old,” and “she wants nothing more than to meet Taylor Swift.” Well, after Saturday night, perhaps that aspiration should be expressed in the past tense.
The Penn State Dance Marathon is teaming up with another Major League Baseball team this summer in order raise money once again for the world’s largest student-run philanthropy. On June 3rd, the Pittsburgh Pirates will be sponsoring “Penn State Night to Benefit THON” at PNC Park. That night, the Pirates will be taking on the Philadelphia Phillies who hosted their own THON night last year. A portion of the proceeds coming from $20 lower-level tickets or $12 upper-level tickets will be donated.
Although THON 2012 is sadly still many months away, there are still plenty of opportunities to raise some more money for the kids. Today, Rita’s on Beaver Ave will donate 20% of their proceeds to THON.
THON 2012 officially starts today. Elaine Tanella, THON 2011 Communications Overall, was named the THON 2012 Overall Chairperson last night. Her term starts immediately with her first responsibility being selecting the rest of the Overall Committee. Overall Committee applications are due on March 25th and the committee will be announced on March 31st.
The members of the THON Overall Committee are some of the most recognizable people on campus. The 14-person committee is in charge of managing the largest student run philanthropy in the world. Each year the new committee is selected by the THON Overall Chairperson (to be announced soon) and THON’s adviser, Barry Bram. The positions are open to anyone, though preference is given to those previously involved in THON, usually at the Captain level. Applications are due Friday March 25th. Candidates will be notified if they receive an interview on the 26th, with interviews running from the 27th through the 30th. The committee should be announced the 30th or the 31st. If interested, head on over to THON.org to fill out an application.
This weekend, music played a huge role in keeping the 708 dancers energized and motivated to continue bumpin’ and shakin’ FTK. Instead of picking out a few good songs you could add to your pre-State Patty’s mixes, but have no fear, we’ll make sure you have a playlist for that later in the week.
In addition to working as Managing Editor for Onward State, I’ve had the pleasure of serving as a THON Technology captain for the past two years. My duties as a Technology Captain centered around the Pass System. The Pass System is used to control access to the event level of the Bryce Jordan Center during THON weekend, in order to maintain fire code regulations as well as to provide a reward to organizations based on their fundraising levels. Unfortunately, the system also necessitates that we limit the number of guests who have access to the floor. Because of the significant number of people wanting to get on the floor, long lines have formed historically on the concourse level of the BJC. Last year was plagued with some of the longest lines that THON had ever seen.
This weekend I participated in THON through the Rules & Regulations Committee. I transferred to Penn State as a freshman last spring from the University of Maryland, so I missed the opportunity to join a committee. THON 2011 was an experience I will never forget.
We covered THON 2011 around-the-clock through our THONward State special edition this past weekend. Our liveblog, livetweets, and other posts in aggregate this year marked an unprecedented amount of THON coverage for Onward State and it was our pleasure to bring it to you. We’ve compiled everything we’ve published about THON 2011 into a single post. Check out what you missed after the jump.
Just wanted to publish another great media suite from the Daily Collegian. This trio of videos was produced by Beth Ann Downey, a sister of my sister in Delta Gamma (shout out!). They profile Robbie Sheil, who has gone from cancer to dancer. Check them out after the jump.
The University of California, Los Angeles held its 9th annual dance marathon over the weekend. Student groups danced for a whopping 26 hours straight to raise money for pediatric AIDS victims. Something seems a little fishy. It’s almost like I’ve heard of this idea before. Is this just a THON copy cat? Should we Twitter-bitch about it being a “total rip-off” of Penn State’s impressive philanthropy? Or should we jump down from our high horse and see this as an indicator of THON’s overwhelming success? Let this be a lesson in bragging etiquette.
I sat at home Friday afternoon before heading to the Bryce Jordan Center thinking about what I would experience for the next two days. I knew it would be something I never forgot, something that I would take with me for the rest of my life, no matter how old I got. When I returned to my couch on Sunday evening, I realized that I didn’t dream big enough.