Local THON team smashes fundraising record
During the weekend of February 17-20, two 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. Through their year-long efforts, the Penn State Lehigh Valley team smashed the 2011 campus total, which was just over $24,000, by raising more than $31,000. In total, THON raised more than $10.68 million for the Four Diamonds Fund, beating the 2011 total of more than $9 million.
The 2012 Lehigh Valley campus THON dancers were Stephen Healy and Katie Steele. They and the rest of the campus 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 2013 has begun and thoughts are already turning towards ways to break the current record.
For more information about THON, visit www.thon.org.