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Finding The THON Committee That Is Right For You

THON season is beginning to kick into full gear. Captains have been selected, promo videos have been shared, and the first canning weekend is just around the corner. There are plenty of different ways to participate in THON, but one of the most popular ways to get involved is to join a committee. For those of you who don’t know, committees are essentially the backbone of THON. Committee members put in countless hours of hard work and passion, not to mention the occasional goofy hat, so that THON  is the 46 greatest hours of the year.

Committee applications are due this Friday, and Onward State wants to help you find the committee that is the perfect fit. Here are some brief descriptions of each of the 11 committees that have open applications.

Communications Committee

  • Committee Member Count: 105
  • Committee Color: Kelly Green
  • Description: This committee’s goal is to educate everyone about what THON is, and spread information regarding the 46 hour event. The Communications Committee is the primary liaison between the THON volunteers and the community.
  • Can I dance and be on this committee? Yes!

Donor And Alumni Relations Committee

  • Committee Member Count: 150
  • Committee Color: Royal Blue
  • Description: The main goal of this committee is to create and strengthen the bonds THON has with its donor base. Committee members work on informing the THON community about effective fundraising and campaigns they should be aware of. The main mission is to work with students, alumni, and donors to further help fight for and find the cure.
  • Can I dance and be on this committee? Yes!

Dancer Relations Committee

  • Committee Member Count: 720
  • Committee Color: Yellow
  • Description: The main goal of this committee is to work with the students chosen to be dancers during THON weekend. This committee works to ensure the safety and well-being of the dancers, provide emotional and physical support, and participate in pre-THON activities with them.
  • Can I dance and be on this committee? No.

Entertainment Committee

  • Committee Member Count: 25
  • Committee Color: Black
  • Description: This committee works to provide the best entertainment possible for the entire weekend, and bring live performers to THON and THON-related functions throughout the year.
  • Can I dance and be on this committee? No.

Finance Committee

  • Committee Member Count: 150
  • Committee Color: Dark Green
  • Description: This committee is the behind-the-scenes crew for all of the monetary donations that go into the THON total. The committee tracks and ranks all of the organizations totals along with finalizing the grand THON total.
  • Can I dance and be on this committee? Yes!

Hospitality Committee

  • Committee Member Count: 240
  • Committee Color: Hot Pink
  • Committee members will organize and decorate all hospitality areas THON weekend. Members will also be a huge part in the serving of the dancer and family meals. The committee is responsible for keeping beverages available at all times along with making sure dancers can receive snacks when needed. Along with their important THON weekend role, Hospitality Committee members will also work pre THON events such as the THON 5k, 100 Days ‘til THON, THON basketball games, among many others.
  • Can I dance and be on this committee? No.

Merchandise Committee

  •  Committee Member Count: 60
  • Committee Color: Light Pink
  • The goal of this committee is educate the community about THON and its efforts through selling quality products. Their goal is to not only protect THON’s name, but also add to the financial total of the weekend through merch sales.
  • Can I dance and be on this committee? No.

OPPerations Committee

  • Committee Member Count: 750
  • Committee Color: Navy Blue
  • Often referred to as OPP, the goal of this committee is to transform the BJC into the beautiful, colorful, safe weekend that is THON. During the weekend, OPP is in charge of set up, Slides of Strength, trash, and clean-up, among other things. Once the weekend comes to an end, OPP does the teardown and turns the BJC back into its normal state until the following year.
  • Can I dance and be on this committee? No.

Public Relations Committee

  • Committee Member Count: 100
  • Committee Color: Purple
  • If you’re interested in getting THON’s name out there, both locally and nationally, this is the committee for you. The Public Relations Committee is the voice of THON, and works very hard to spread awareness. A team of photographers, promotion members, and production members work together to give those who can’t experience the BJC a taste of THON weekend.
  • Can I dance and be on this committee? Yes! (with the exception of photographers)

Rules & Regulations Committee

  • Committee Member Count: a lot!
  • Committee Color: Red
  • With so many people in the BJC, it is the highest of priorities to keep everyone safe. This committee works to ensure THON’s future by providing a safe weekend for all who attend.
  • Can I dance and be on this committee? No.

Special Events Committee

  • Committee Member Count: 120
  • Committee Color: Maroon
  • THON is not only a 46 hour event, but a year long fundraiser. This committee is in charge of THON efforts besides during just the THON weekend itself. The main goal of the committee is to show our Four-Diamond families that our love and support is a continuing effort.
  • Can I dance and be on this committee: Yes!

Applications are due this Friday, Sept. 18, online or in person at the HUB by 5 p.m.

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I'm a sophomore from Bucks County, PA. Or as everyone says, "Right outside of Philly." My parents first date was at the Corner Room so I have pretty much been bleeding blue & white since birth. Feel free to contact me at [email protected]

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