Lehigh Valley THON team breaks fundraising record
During the weekend of February 15-17, 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 exceeded the 2012 campus total, which was just over $31,000, by raising $33,707.56. The Lehigh Valley total was the ninth highest out of Penn State's 19 Commonwealth Campuses. In total, THON raised more than $12.3 million for the Four Diamonds Fund, shattering the 2012 total of more than $10 million.
The 2013 Lehigh Valley campus THON dancers were Noah Nealon and Natalie Podgorska. 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, 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 2014 has begun and thoughts are already turning towards ways to break the current record.
For more information about THON, visit www.thon.org.