The Dance Marathon Alumni Interest Group (DMAIG) is an affiliate group of the Penn State Alumni Association designed to bring Penn State Dance Marathon (THON™) alumni together and keep them connected to one of Penn State’s most beloved traditions. Through DMAIG, THON alumni can continue to support the world’s largest student run philanthropy through regional events, relive their THON experience through the Dance Marathon Alumni Weekend, and keep in touch with old friends.
The Mission of the Dance Marathon Alumni Interest Group
The Penn State Dance Marathon Alumni Interest Group (DMAIG) promises to promote a continuing relationship between students and alumni who care about THON™. We will support THON by providing opportunities for alumni to give time, money, and resources to aid in the conquering of childhood cancer.
Our DMAIG constitution and bylaws can be found here.
Letter From the DMAIG President
Welcome to DMAIG.org, a great resource for THON alumni to stay connected! As the 2016-2017 DMAIG President, my wish is that you find plenty of opportunities to continue your involvement with THON and Four Diamonds.
Since participating in my first fundraising season in the Fall of 2006, I have seen tremendous growth and strides in the efforts of the THON community. I have experienced the move of the marquee event from Rec Hall to the Bryce Jordan Center. I have watched THON broaden its horizons and become more recognized in the digital age through social media and online fundraising. I have even witnessed the “46 Live” THON Weekend webcast from the event’s newest, on-campus viewing and participation site, the Pegula Ice Arena, in recent years. But above all, the greatest development I’ve taken notice of is the ever expanding footprint and rising number of supporters in the fight against pediatric cancer.
As involved and compassionate undergraduates, it was our mission to provide outstanding emotional and financial support to the children, families, researchers, and staff of Four Diamonds. Now as alumni, we hold the unique opportunity to steward the cause even further and spread the word farther than it has ever gone before. Whether you can provide time, money, or resources, your continued involvement in the THON community can and will make a difference in the life of a child.
Just as your life and career changes after graduation, so do the opportunities that are presented to you as THON alumni. During the fundraising season, it is no longer about canning or pledge books – it is about supporting or creating your own Regional Event, and promoting its cause. A majority of you are also no longer bound to a campus and its books, making it easier to support a local mini-THON, or train more often to run in The Conquer Run or Fairfax 5k. And when you show up at THON Weekend, you are no longer a dancer, or a captain, or an org member – you are an inspiration for the current students, and you are their example to keep leading better lives as you reunite with fellow THON alumni.
That being said, it is truly an exciting time to be a THON alum! I hope you will learn more about and get involved with the opportunities for alumni throughout the year and THON Weekend, and I challenge and encourage all of you to find your new niche in supporting THON.
For The Kids, Always.
Jeff Reyes ‘10
‘07, ‘08 Morale Committee Member
‘09 Morale Captain
‘10 Entertainment Captain