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Warming up engine of THON fundraising machine

10/31/2011 —


Noon-6:00 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 6
Saxonburg VFW
572 W. Main Street, Saxonburg, Pa., 16056

In anticipation of THON 2012, the engine of the Penn State New Kensington fundraising machine warms up with a spaghetti dinner from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 6, at the Saxonburg VFW in Saxonburg, Pa.

The menu features salad, bread, tea/orange juice/water/coffee, spaghetti with meat sauce or plain marinara, and various desserts. Tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for children under 10, and free for children 3 years old and younger. Takeout is available. Baskets of goodies will be raffled off.

The Penn State Interfraternity Council/ Panhellenic Dance Marathon, aka THON, is a University-wide event, and Lauren Richards, THON chair for the New Kensington campus, has set a campus goal of $60,000, the most ambitious in campus history. Last year, students set a goal of $40,000 and shattered the campus record by raising $52,392, eclipsing the previous record of $23,000 set in 2010. Since 2002, the campus has collected more than $162,000 for the charity.

"I know it's optimistic, but I really want to do at least $60,000 this year," said Richards, an information sciences and technology major. "We have really good fundraisers and an awesome team."

Over the next four months, campus students will be hosting various events and canning outside businesses in the region to raise money for what is believed to be the largest student-run philanthropy in the world.

The THON committee is looking for donations of items for the baskets as well as money for the THON fund.

The Saxonburg VFW is located at 572 W. Main Street, Saxonburg, Pa., 16056. For more about the spaghetti dinner, contact Nicki Thoma at 724-272-0588 or nat5066@psu.edu via email.

For information on other campus THON events, contact Lauren Blum at 724-334-6063 or ldb14@psu.edu via email.

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