THON team breaks fundraising record
During the weekend of February 18-20, four Lehigh Valley students joined hundreds of other Penn State students in a 46-hour, no sitting, no sleeping dance marathon, affectionately known as THON, to raise money for the fight against pediatric cancer. In total, THON raised more than $9 million for the Four Diamonds Fund, shattering the 2010 total of more than $7 million. Through their year-long efforts, the Penn State Lehigh Valley team also beat the 2010 campus total, which was just over $21,000, by raising more than $24,000.
The 2011 Lehigh Valley campus THON dancers were Karissa Bollinger, Kelsey Breslin, Marquita Broxton, and Laura Buczewski. The chair of the THON team was Samantha Brotzman. They and the rest of the team achieved their impressive total through a mixture of fundraising activities throughout the year including a Mr. Lehigh Valley pageant, a campus talent show, silent auction, and canning drives throughout the community.
While this year's team takes a moment to relax after a job well done, the countdown to THON 2012 has begun and thoughts are already turning towards ways to break the current record.
More information about THON can be found on the THON website.