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Better Know A THON Committee: Merchandise

With all of the different organizations, committees, and other clubs sporting their respective swag this week, it’s easy for even the most experienced THON attendees to be overwhelmed by the number of different groups involved in this weekend’s event.

We’ve already introduced you to the Communications and Dancer Relations Committees, but now it’s time to introduce the group of people sporting the light pink THON staff shirts this weekend: the Merchandise Committee. The committee’s goal is to work not only to add on to this weekend’s fundraising total, but also to protect THON’s name and protect the proceeds from use of the official brand from anything other than the Four Diamonds Foundation.

They may not have dancers on the floor, but the Merchandise Committee’s efforts to sell THON merchandise year round and throughout THON weekend on the Bryce Jordan Center concourse helps to raise additional funds on top of the overall fundraising totals.

Check out one of the multiple merchandise stations set up throughout the BJC this weekend. (Photo By: Mitch Stewart)

Although they are extremely busy over the course of the weekend, the behind the scenes hard work has to feel rewarding. Prior to the event kicking off on Friday evening, many of the dancers and their families made a trip to the merchandise booths to do some shopping of their own, allowing many of the committee members to get a close up look and encounter with the dancers and their supporters.

In addition to buying merchandise from a Merchandise Committee booth at the BJC this weekend, you can visit their location in the HUB-Robeson Center or on their website.

Fun Fact: The THON Merchandise Committee is the only student-run organization to have an operating retail store on campus.

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Mitch Stewart

Mitch is a senior majoring in broadcast journalism from Roanoke, Virginia. In addition to his role with Onward State, Mitch talks about all the #sprots on Penn State's CommRadio. To contact Mitch, feel free to send him an e-mail at [email protected], and if you really don't value your social media accounts, follow him as he yells on Twitter about Penn State basketball @mitchystew.

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