Penn State DuBois Contributes to Record THON Total
Dancers for THON 2012 broke another record this year, by raising over $10.6 million to benefit the Four Diamonds fund, a leader in the battle against pediatric cancer. The Penn State DuBois THON committee also broke their own record this year, by raising $16,235 for the cause. That's up from 2011, the DuBois committee's second best year, when they raised $15,748.
"It's really emotional, because we put so much of ourselves into this," said DuBois THON Committee co-chair Izzy Shaffer. "It's definitely a delightful surprise when we're able to do this and make such an impact."
Students on the DuBois committee raised funds in a variety of ways. Among the most notable fundraisers this year was a hair auction, where volunteers allowed their hair to be cut by those who bid on the chance to hold the shears. Mathematics instructor John Tolle raised $1600 during this event by sacrificing 18 years of beard and hair growth. Students Steve Zanoni and Joey Schaeffer also volunteered for the hair auction, raising $201 and $278, respectively.
Committee members also held canning drives, benefit dinners, and a concert event.
Penn State DuBois students Joey Schaeffer of Lyons, Illinois and Chase Lyle of Brookville were chosen to represent the campus at THON this year. As the campus dancers, the pair danced at THON at Bryce Jordan Center at University Park for 46 hours straight.