This year, DMAIG will be holding our annual reception at 5:00 pm on Saturday, February 20th at Hintz Hall on Penn State’s University Park campus. A variety of food and beverages will be provided, including local beer and wine, and we will have several speakers, awards, and raffle drawings throughout the night. We encourage all THON Alumni to stop by and mingle! Please RSVP here: http://goo.gl/forms/381a7dRpE2
Questions can be directed to the THON Weekend Events Director, Shannon Holzer, at email@example.com
Each year, DMAIG has the wonderful opportunity to partner with THON in offering tours of the Bryce Jordan Center during THON Weekend.
Here are the scheduled dates and times for this year’s event:
Friday, 2/19, 8:30 PM
Friday, 2/19, 9:30 PM
Saturday, 2/20 11:30 AM
Saturday, 2/20 1:45 PM
Saturday, 2/20 2:30 PM
Those interested must send their full name, email address, and phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org. These tours can have a maximum of 25 people, and they fill up VERY quickly – so sign up today before it’s too late!
Did you know that DMAIG gives out two awards every year to THON Alumni? At our THON Weekend reception on February 20th, we will be presenting awards to the Volunteer of the Year and Fundraiser of the Year. These awards were created to recognize the immense amount of time and effort alumni continue to dedicate to THON and the Four Diamonds Fund, and to highlight the winners’ accomplishments.
Most of us have stayed connected to the cause, either directly or indirectly and know people who have truly made it their mission to continue to fight pediatric cancer. We ask that you consider nominating a friend, colleague and/or organization that you know continues to support THON and the Four Diamonds Fund in their post-college lives. The process is very quick and in a few minutes – you can nominate someone by clicking here.
If you have any additional questions about the DMAIG awards, THON Weekend events or the DMAIG reception itself, please email THON Weekend Director Shannon Holzer at email@example.com.
As most of the northeast will be dealing with Winter Storm Jonas, the Atlanta Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association will be grooving the night away.
Taking place on Friday, February 19th at Park Tavern’s Piedmont Room, attendees will enjoy hors d’oeuvres, a buffet dinner, and an open bar. Dress ranges from business casual to black tie.
As Diamonds Chairperson for Penn State Atlanta, Lauren Coleman is looking forward to “a night well spent with family and friends all in support of THON!”
Coleman wasn’t involved in THON as a student, but decided after graduation that it’s never too late to get involved — and we at DMAIG couldn’t agree more.
Her favorite part about getting involved post-graduation from Penn State is “being able to see the THON impact grow, especially in Georgia.”
As Diamonds Chairperson, it’s Coleman’s job to organize and run the event. If you’re unable to join the fun on Friday, she says, donations are always welcomed!
Whether you love chocolate, beer, wine, or just raising a toast FTK, the Capital Area Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association’s Fifth Annual event, A Toast To Four Diamonds, has something for everybody.
The event takes place on Friday, January 22nd at 6:30 at – you guessed it – Hershey’s Chocolate World. Those in attendance will enjoy hors d’oeuvres, a cocktail hour, live music, and a silent auction in addition to special guest speakers.
As a sell-out event each year, event chair Robin Tilley (’11) looks forward to sharing her passion for the Four Diamonds with new faces each and every time.
“I also love seeing repeat faces and knowing that guests have learned to feel strongly about it, too,” said Tilley.
After getting “hooked” on THON her freshman year as a Rules & Regulations committee member, Tilley then independently danced as a sophomore in 2009 – she notes that running a marathon pales in comparison, something she’s done twice since! – and then joined a Hospitality committee as a junior, and got to work with mini THONs as a senior on a Communications committee.
“As you can tell, I was trying to experience as many different sides of THON as I possibly could,” she said. “I couldn’t get enough.”
There are a limited amount of tickets available for this weekend’s event, which features a VIP session with Jay Paterno for sponsors, emcees from local television (Fox43) and radio (Warm 103.3) stations, and a photo booth. In addition, attendees will hear Marcus Josey’s story from his mother Andrea, and will also be lead in a toast by Lydia Hess.
Tilley talked about staying involved with THON after graduating in saying she is still “feeling in some way connected to THON and knowing I can still make a difference.” She added, “Possibly the hardest part about graduating was knowing that my time supporting children through Four Diamonds was over…Boy, was I wrong!”
Anyone interested in volunteering, sponsoring, or in any way contributing to a Toast to Four Diamonds can email Robin at firstname.lastname@example.org. They have a website which you can view here, in addition to a https://twitter.com/AToastTo4DTwitter and Facebook page.
As the winter weather (slowly, but surely) approaches, it’s time again for Penn State alumni THON event season. The first (of many) events this year is Dance for a Cure (D4aC).
Led by Liz Gerancher (’10), who considers D4aC her “baby,” as well as Chris Bogen (’91) and Lori Kapes (’08), the event is happening on Saturday, January 16th from 7pm until 1am at Mixx Nightclub & Sports Bar in Allentown, PA.
As is true with most THON events, there’s but one rule – dance! At D4AC, there will be instructors teaching a different kind of dance every hour throughout the event, including salsa, hip-hop, and country line dancing.
“You won’t find another event where you can get so much in one night,” says Gerancher.
In addition to the dancing, for the price of $20 ($25 at the door), attendees will also get to participate in a silent auction, bowling, pictures with the Nittany Lion, and a buffet.
As a student, Gerancher was the THON Chair of Penn State Lehigh Valley, a student advisor, and danced for PSU LV as a junior. She has stayed involved with THON through this event that has been given the Fundraiser of the Year award from DMAIG.
“I think my favorite part of staying involved with THON after graduation is that I can help the students,” she says. “It’s so fun to be involved in their fundraising events and to help out if they need advice or input from the alumni.”
As for what she’s looking forward to at this year’s D4AC, she excitedly claimed, “country line dancing, because I missed it last year!”
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The Rick Funk Dance Marathon Leadership Award was established in 1996 by Penn State Dance Marathon (THON) alumni to honor Rick Funk, a long-time advisor to THON, 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 information. Members of the Executive Committee are ineligible for the award.
For more information or to download the application, click here! Deadline is January 3rd!
Imagine the grueling intensity of a half-marathon and the blood, sweat, and tears that went into training for it.
Now imagine starting in last place…on purpose.
That’s the idea behind Cents of Hope, a THON fundraiser in its 5th year of existence. This Sunday, Cents of Hope participants will start last in the Philadelphia Half-Marathon and collect money from friends and family based upon the number of people they pass.
Steve Huber, a 2013 graduate of Penn State, got the idea from his father who saw a similar fundraiser in Runner’s World magazine. “We both loved the concept so I decided to apply it to the Philadelphia Marathon to benefit THON,” said Huber of Cents of Hope’s inception. The yearly fundraiser has collected more than $30,000 for THON.
Huber, a former brother of AKPsi who danced in THON 2013, began training and raising money as a solo runner for the 2011 Philadelphia Half-Marathon and, since then, Cents of Hope’s success has grown exponentially as other participants were invited to join. This year, 25 runners, both students and alumni, are raising money for 10 different THON organizations.
Although he won’t be running this year, Huber is still looking forward to race day. He says, “As we have grown, my role has evolved to be more administrative with less time to train… or at least that’s my excuse! I am very excited to meet all of our new runners, take lots of pictures and be a full-time cheerleader.”
Cents of Hope has also expanded outside of the Philadelphia area — runners can now run through Cents of Hope in the Pittsburgh Marathon come May 2016.
“Despite the major changes,” says Huber, “our mission remains the same: to build a community of runners, sponsors and supporters who are dedicated to conquering childhood cancer.”
Further, he says, “We run to inspire charitable action and provide a sense of hope for those in need.”
For more information about Cents of Hope, visit their website by clicking here, or by emailing email@example.com. The Philadelphia Half-Marathon takes place this Sunday, November 22nd, at 7 a.m.