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Beaver students raise more than $7,100 for THON

Picture of 2012 Penn State Beaver THON Dancers
Penn State Beaver THON Dancers
3/5/2012 —

Penn State Beaver students celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Penn State Dance Marathon (THON) by raising $7,131.30 for the event held February 17-19 at Penn State University Park’s Bryce Jordan Center.

Beaver campus freshman Angelique Matthews and sophomore J.J. (James) Figas completed the 46-hour, no sitting, no-sleeping marathon “For the Kids” which raised a record-breaking overall total of $10,686,924.83.

Matthews, from Cypress, Calif. and Figas of Beaver, Pa, are enrolled in the Division of Undergraduate Studies. Sophomore Lydia Moon chaired this year’s Beaver campus THON Committee. She is a health and human development major from Prosperity.

Money raised by THON goes to support the Four Diamonds Fund and its pediatric cancer patients, families, and researchers at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital who are working to find better treatments and, ultimately, cures for forms of cancer that afflict children.

Beaver campus fundraising projects for THON included personal solicitations from students, a blood drive, and “canning” outside on designated weekends at area intersections and retailers. In addition, Beaver students raised more than $500 with a Date Auction held February 10 in the Brodhead Bistro.

THON is the largest student-run philanthropy in the world and engages more than 15,000 student volunteers. THON has partnered with the Four Diamonds Fund since 1977 and, to date, as raised more than $89 million.

For information about THON, contact Robin Schreck, coordinator of student activities and residence life, at ras62@psu.edu or 724-773-3947.

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