Indie Spotlight: Ohana

Ohana’s one of the coolest independent organizations around. You can spot them with their Fish hats. We got a chance to sit down with Meghan Czajka (IntraRelations Executive) and Alison Wolf (IntraRelations Executive) and ask them some questions.

OS: How are you involved with THON?

AW: We’re an independent organization and our primary purpose is fundraising. We have 15 executive chairs and about 150 independent org members.

OS: What has your Team done?

MC: We’ve pretty much done a lot of fundraising. We’ve worked with McDonalds on a lot of things, THON canning, and lots of alternative fundraisers to raise more money.

AW: Last year was our first year, so we were primarily focused on setting up the groundwork on our organization, so this year we had a lot more opportunities to do more fundraising.

OS: How many years have you been involved in THON?

AW: This is my fourth year.

MC: This is my third year.

OS: What is your favorite part of THON?

AW: I like during the day when all of the kids are here and watching them play around, and obviously when the total is revealed at the end.

MC: Either playing with the kids or during family hour because that’s when everyone realizes what their hard work was for.

OS: Why did you get involved?

AW: I started Freshman year on a committee, but I heard about fundraising at an involvement fair. You get to think of more ways to raise funds being a part of an independent organization.

MC: I started on my Freshman year on a committee and more recently joined an independent org, but it’s all for the same cause.

OS: How long will you be here this weekend?

MC: As long as I can!

AW: We got here at 1 yesterday to get seats. I went home to get some leep last night, but I’m gonna try to stay for as long as I can today.

OS: What song do you hope they play this weekend?

MC: I like “Do You Remember” by JaySean. It was either that or Tik Tok.

AW: I hope they play “My Love is Your Love” because every time I hear it I think of THON.

OS: How would you rate your dance skills?

MC: Phenomenal? Nah, I just kind of move with the beat.

AW: …probably outstanding.

OS: What’s the coolest thing you’ve seen so far this weekend?

MC: Ooh, this is tricky. I feel like us, you know, seeing our organization come so far.

AW: We got a new THON child, and it’s her first THON, so it’s really exciting seeing her react to THON for the first time.

OS: If you were a dinosaur, what kind would you be?

MC: I would definitely be a pterodactyl, because I do a really amazing impression and you would be able to fly.

AW: I would probably be whatever Ducky was from The Land Before Time.

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Caitlin Silver

Caitlin is from a small Pennsylvania town called Unionville, which is by West Chester, which is by Philadelphia. She is a sophomore in the Smeal College of Business and will probably major in accounting. Caitlin loves "How I Met Your Mother" and dougnuts.


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