The Rick Funk Dance Marathon Leadership Award was established in 1996 by Overall Dance Marathon alumni to honor a long-time advisor to Dance Marathon for his ten years of providing leadership, commitment and service to the Dance Marathon. The recipient will be awarded a scholarship at the annual Road to THON Celebration Dinner.
Consideration for this award is given to all full-time undergraduate students of at least 6th semester standing who have participated in any capacity with the Penn State Dance Marathon (THON). The award seeks to recognize a student who has demonstrated commitment, loyalty, leadership and the ability to motivate other students involved in Dance Marathon. Students are encouraged to nominate other deserving students and should e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more info. Members of the Executive Committee are not allowed to be nominated or apply.
Download the application at the following link: Rick Funk Application Form 2014
Applications are due by January 2, 2015. Please follow the directions in the application for your submission.
The Alumni Association is sponsoring a THON fundraiser for our Lion Ambassador and Blue & White Society dancers at THON 2015.
Support the Lion Ambassador and Blue & White Society dancers by making a donation to receive a FREE T-shirt with the new “Alumni Love THON” logo design. This year you can receive a short-sleeve T-shirt with a $20 donation and a long-sleeve T-shirt with a $25 donation. See attached forms to submit your order.
All orders AND payment must be received in our office no later than December 5. Checks should be made payable to CCCPSAA. We ask that you mail only one check with the complete total amount due, along with one address of where the complete t-shirt order should be mailed to. Also, when submitting your order simply tell us how many of each size your group needs (we do not need individual orders).
Mail payment and order form to:
Penn State Alumni Association
203 Hintz Alumni Center
University Park, PA 16802
Thank you for your support!
Feeling in the holiday spirit and wanting to make an impact? This year, DMAIG and Four Diamonds are once again teaming up in our annual alumni give back. We are asking for monetary donations to help us purchase wrapping paper, bags and bows for the families who are going to be in treatment during the holiday season. Any additional funds we receive will be used to support their current Child Life Specialist Wish List needs such as markers, coloring books, games and more! Help brighten the lives of these precious children this holiday season with a donation today, but don’t delay supplies are needed by December 10th.
The DMAIG Mosaic is a photo mosaic that will benefit THON. The mosaic is made up of photos submitted by THON supporters who donate in exchange for a position in the display.
Picture Mosaics, founded by alumnus Albert Charpentier, will produce the mosaic, which will hang in the window of the new THON store at the HUB-Robeson Center. The store will open next year after construction ends.
As part of the proceeds, $5,000 will be kept for the Rick Funk Endowment Scholarship, seeking to recognize a Penn State student who has demonstrated commitment, loyalty, leadership and the ability to motivate other students involved in THON. DMAIG has been awarding this scholarship since its inception in 1996. Any additional proceeds will be donated directly to THON.
Start looking through your photos now! To include your pictures in the mosaic you can donate $55 to submit one photo, or $50 each for multiple entries. You’ll need to act fast — the mosaic will sell out. Visit dmaigmosaic.org now to start uploading photos.
For questions, please contact Mosaic Board Director Melanie Harris at email@example.com.
Date: Saturday, January 24, 2015
Time: 7:00 pm to 11:59 pm
Location: Crystal Tea Room, 100 E Penn Square, Philadelphia, PA 19107
The Philadelphia Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association is proud to host The 10th Annual Liberty Ball, A Knight for the Kids on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at the Crystal Tea Room in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The annual black-tie optional event fundraises to support the efforts of the Penn State Dance Marathon (THON) for its sole beneficiary, The Four Diamonds Fund at the Hershey Medical Center.
Since its inception in 2005, the Liberty Ball has raised over $100,000 for THON to help conquer pediatric cancer. As we approach our tenth year, we hope that you will join us for an evening filled with silent auctions, raffles, stories from Four Diamonds families, dinner and dancing. Our goal is to make this the largest fundraising year, to date, and we are confident we can do so with your support.
On Sale Now!
Click here to purchase Tickets.
For ease of tracking and accuracy, we prefer all tickets to be paid by credit card using the link above. All tickets sales are final and no refunds will be offered. Tickets are transferable once purchased. No paper tickets will be issued as your name will be on the guest list.
Silent Auction / Raffles
Multiple items will be offered in our silent auction. As items are confirmed, they will be highlighted on our website. Raffles can be purchased at the door and throughout the event.
Thank you for your support.
The 9th annual Hope Express is looking for a group of energetic moralers to support our runners as they make the 135-mile trek from Hershey to the BJC. Each year, a group of runners carries letters of hope made by the kids at Hershey to the dancers in the BJC. If you miss your moraling days, always wanted to try morale or just want to lend a helping hand, we want to hear from you. We raised over $155,000 FTK last year and are looking for your help to surpass that this year!!
To learn more about what the moralers do and about the various committees, you can click here. Once you’re ready to apply, you can fill out the application here. Any questions, send them to Matt Huber at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, August 17th
2nd Annual Hope Gala Mets Game – Join the Hope Gala and the New York Mets for the second annual Hope Gala Game benefiting the Four Diamonds Fund on Sunday, August 17 at 1:10pm as we fund raise to help conquer childhood cancer. Tickets are $49 and the New York Mets will donate $10 for every Big Apple Reserved ticket sold through this advanced offer to the Four Diamonds Fund. Come early and cheer on the Ashley Fazekas Four Diamonds family, who will be honored on the field pre-game! Visits mets.com/ftk for tickets and more information.
Saturday, September 6th, 2014
Hope Floats Boat Cruise – The Hope Gala’s first boat cruise around Manhattan will be a night filled with drinks, dancing and beautiful views of the city! Join us on Saturday, September 6th from 8-11pm (boarding begins at 7:30). The Harbor Lights Yacht will from East 23rd Street and FDR in NYC. A $75 ticket includes top shelf open bar. $20 from each ticket will be donated to the Four Diamonds Fund. The Hope Gala will be conducting a 50/50 raffle, with more surprises to come! For tickets and more info please visit http://nychopegala.com/get-
Sunday, November 23rd, 2014
Cents of Hope – Each fall, Cents of Hope coordinates a team of students, alumni and friends of Penn State to raise money and awareness for pediatric cancer by running the Philadelphia Half Marathon. The model is simple. We start LAST and collect donations for each runner we pass. For example, if you choose to sponsor Steve at 1 penny per pass, and he passes 5,000 runners, your final donation would be $50. All proceeds benefit THON and can be credited to any student organization or individual dancer couple. This year, we already have a record 25 runners signed up – but we’re always looking for more! For more information on participating or sponsoring a runner, visit centsofhope.org or email email@example.com.
If you haven’t been following along with Norman Horn’s journey across the country, now’s the time to start. Norm is trekking “Coast 2 Coast FTK” to raise money and awareness for THON and the Four Diamonds Fund. Starting in April, Norm took off in Southern California and plans to finish up in Atlantic City, NJ this October.
A few years after graduating from Penn State, Norm had the idea to do something big for the kids at Hershey. “It stemmed from being a student at Penn State. I never participated in THON, I always viewed it from the outside,” he said. “It just really became something I wish I became more involved with in the past.” So, he visited Hershey Medical Center and talked to some of their executives to get the ball rolling.
Training consisted of hiking in Southern California in order to be near high elevation (and, as he said, remove himself from the east coast winter!). He began walking just a few miles a day and slowly built himself to hiking upwards of 20 miles a day. He added, “It was fun and got me mentally prepared for what I’m doing now. My legs are sore every day, but it’s more of a mental soreness than a physical one.”
Having already walked roughly 1700 miles, Norm has gone through 5 pairs of shoes in 3 months and 11 days. Eastern Colorado has, so far, been the toughest part to walk through. Throughout the toughest part, though, he spoke of an elderly couple who found him frustrated and walking late at night. After a 30-mile day and no place to put his tent, they took him in for the night and fed him. “It was an unbelievable circumstance,” Norm said.
Norm has raised over $15,000 since his trip began. He’s received packages, donations, letters, and all kinds of interesting things in the mail. He said, “It’s like Christmas for me when I get a package.” He went on to explain that Four Diamonds Families have graciously sent him heartfelt letters and care packages to keep him going. He’s received art from kids going through treatment, and their drawings from when they were done. “It’s a humbling experience,” he said, “I’m preparing myself for the next emotional breakdown. They support me in this beyond my wildest dreams. They’ve gone way over the top to make me comfortable. It’s really humbling. It’s unbelievable!”
As for the next few steps in his journey, Norm explained, “I go where I know I can talk to people.” This week he went to Wichita to meet with another cancer foundation, and he’ll be meeting with some Kansas City Penn State Alumni Association members. Some big places he plans on hitting next are St. Louis, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Columbus (after he was invited by the BuckeyeTHON Executive Committee!), Pittsburgh, Hershey, his hometown of Phoenixville, Philadelphia, and, finally, Atlantic City, NJ. Throughout his trek in Pennsylvania (or any leg of the trip), he’s asking for any and all to join in on the fun.
“Join my little mission,” he said, “and fight against cancer.”
If you would like to contribute to Norm’s fundraising efforts, please visit his website: http://coast2coastftk.com/. You can keep up with his daily adventures via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/coast2coastFTK and Twitter: https://twitter.com/coast2coastFTK. If you’d like to chat with Norm or ask him where to send a letter, you can send him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.