Every year we’re looking for moralers to help us get ready for the awe-inspiring 135-mile, 24-hour run from Hershey Medical Center to THON! HE Morale Application. Applications are available now and due by August 31.
We’ll pair moralers with runners and whether it’s through care packages or phone calls, you’ll support your Hope Express runners throughout their training and over the course of the 24-hour run. There are six different morale committees to be a part of including Mail Call, Moraler Weekend, Hershey Kids and Start Line, Finish Line, Marketing/Media, and Hope Express/Extreme Team. We welcome all fun, outgoing people who are proud to wear the color yellow!
Do you want to Dance in THON 2016? Relive the magic of dancing… or experience it for the first time. Discover what it is like to be there for every moment of THON… or do it all again. Capture the energy and passion of THON and dance as an alum.
- The person(s) who raise(s) the most money will be awarded the opportunity to dance in the two alumni couple spots in THON 2016. Both dancers must be Penn State alumni.
- First Place: Dancer couple awarded
- Second Place: Dancer couple awarded
- Third Place: Two Full Access Passes Awarded
- If you are interested in competing for an alumni dancer spot, please contact the Alumni Dancer Coordinator, Courtney Baker (firstname.lastname@example.org), before fundraising.
Calling all THON alumni and Dance Marathon AIG members! Our favorite monthly Penn State news publication, The Penn Stater magazine, is looking for THON-related stories to feature in an upcoming edition. Given your endless support for THON, I highly encourage that you submit your own personal THON reflection or experience to potentially be featured among the rest. Whether it is a happy, emotional, or goofy memory, every THON story is meaningful and worth sharing. Visit this link for more information, and email your tales (consisting of no more than 250 words) to email@example.com by Monday, August 3rd!
For The Kids Always,
President, Dance Marathon AIG
Started in 2011 by members of the Penn State Los Angeles Chapter of the Alumni Association, the Hollywood Dance Marathon has grown exponentially year by year. Since 2011, the 6-hour-long mini dance marathon has raised nearly $200,000. Dancers can sign up at the marathon’s website, lightscameracure.com, and fundraise throughout the year. There’s a $30 registration fee and all dancers ae encouraged to raise a minimum of $300 in order to participate. These dancers get exclusive access, pictures of the ever-famous red carpet, free food, discounted bark drinks, and, of course, the coveted dancer t-shirt!
Gary Werkheiser, Executive Director, says, “Dancers are the heart of this event!” There is, however, something for everybody. From DJs, bands, and other artists like The Filharmonic and The Young Guns, to celebrity ambassadors like Jonathan Bennett (aka Aaron Samuels from Mean Girls) and Scott Michael Foster (of TV shows Greek and Chasing Life), there’s a ton to do for attendees who are not able to dance. This year’s host is Gary’s son, Devon Werkheiser (famous for his work on TV shows Ned’s Declassified and Greek), who also performed at THON 2015. Past celebrity attendees include Moby, Melissa Joan Heart, Drake Bell, and Laura Prepon (just to name a few!). There’s a silent auction with items like a book signed by Mindy Kaling, tickets to Jimmy Kimmel Live, a VIP Visit to FOX NFL Sunday, and more! Finally, the event includes “Family Time,” similar to THON’s Family Hour, which includes speeches from survivors, pediatric cancer doctors and other hospital staff.
To join in on the fun, from near or far, visit lightscameracure.com, check out their Facebook page, and follow along on Twitter. This year’s event will be held on March 21 from 1pm-7pm at the Avalon Theater. It’s not too late to sign up and become a dancer! If you can’t be there in person, you can also watch their livestream (links will be posted on Facebook, Twitter, and the LCC website). Proceeds benefit both the Four Diamonds Fund and Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA.
Ever wonder how to remain involved with THON after you graduate? One way to do so in earnest is join the Dance Marathon AIG Board of Directors.
Even though your student days at THON are over, your involvement doesn’t need to be! Dance Marathon AIG is your opportunity to stay involved FTK as we aim to promote a continuing relationship between students and alumni who care about THON by providing opportunities for alumni to give time, money and resources to aid Four Diamonds in the conquering of childhood cancer.
For the 2015-2016 year, we currently have four positions open:
- Fundraising & Donor Relations
- Hope Express Relations
Applications are due by March 23, 2015.
The Dance Marathon Alumni Interest Group wants to remind you of a few things to remember for THON 2015!
- Attending THON? Click here to view the DMAIG weekend schedule and come stop by!
- Did you know THON has a webcast of everything all weekend long? Click here to watch!
- You can still donate and be an impact to the THON 2015 total! Remember to check if you can company match.
- Have you heard about the DMAIG Mosaic? It is a donation-based online photo mosaic with the goal of aiding DMAIG and THON where the finished product will be on permanent display in the HUB. Add your photo today!