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THON Director Thursday: Meet THON 2022 Development Director Aidan Cliff

Name: Aidan Cliff

Major: Finance

Past THON Experience
THON 2019 — DAR Committee Member
THON 2020 — DAR Development Captain
THON 2021 — DAR Development Director

Name an interesting, weird, or quirky fact about yourself.

I am a British citizen, but my co-director, Nate Paisley, doesn’t believe me.

What made you want to apply for the Development director position for THON 2022?

Having been in the role for THON 2021, I knew I would be able to do more in my second year as development director. Having a full year of experience under my belt allowed me to not only continue the work that I started in THON 2021 but to be a better leader for my captains.

What are your responsibilites as the Development director?

I create and maintain relationships with THON’s corporate partners like PNC, Johnson & Johnson, and Microsoft, as well as our individual donors located around the world. Facilitating these partnerships and relationships is an important part of our success every year.

What do you want to implement in your position this year that’s unique and differs from years past?

For one, THON was completely virtual last year. The interactions we had with our donors were done via video call and their benefits were dramatically different last year. With that said, the support we continued to receive from around the globe was astonishing. For this year, I have been able to interact with our partners in person which is an incredible feeling from last year. With almost two years of pent-up excitement for our events, our donors are eagerly anticipating being back with us in person, and we couldn’t be more grateful.

What makes the Development Committee so cool, fun, and/or important?

I will never get tired of getting the opportunity to work with new people around the world by sharing THON’s mission and purpose.

What are the overall goals you hope to reach with your committee for THON 2022?

My goal for this year is to make sure our donors know how grateful we are for them. Focusing on stewardship of everyone who is part of our community will be integral for our future success.

Why do you THON?

I THON for my cousin, Lauren, and my organization’s three THON families: the Atterberrys, the Mazurs, and the Smiths.

What’s your favorite THON memory?

My favorite THON memory is raising $10,638,078.62 for THON 2021 and holding that total up on stage in the Bryce Jordan Center last February.

Per Onward State tradition, if you could be any dinosaur, which one would you be and why?

Triceratops seems to fly under the radar, so I’ll go with that.

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Dana is a senior, who is studying public relations. She is from the 570 and yes, she has watched The Office. Her passions in life include drinking unsweetened iced tea and spreading her love for agriculture (yee haw)!

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