This Saturday, February 6, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Winking Lizard in Lakewood, OH, Penn Staters in the Greater Cleveland area will hold the 4th Annual Night Out to Fight Childhood Cancer Benefitting THON.
Kelly Hainer (’98), who was a Communications committee member and captain throughout her time at Penn State, has the help of two chairs for this yearly event.
“I really think this could be the best year yet,” says Hainer, who noted that early ticket sales have been stronger than ever before. She added, “I can’t wait to get into a room surrounded by people who love Penn State and THON.”
Tickets are $30 at the door this weekend which includes food in addition to a cash bar. Raffle tickets and 50/50 tickets will also be available and, this year, children can attend the event for $15 (they must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian).
Hainer, who supports the event in many ways like booking the venue, planning publicity, and getting donations, said that she continued her THON involvement after graduation for two reasons.
“I stayed involved immediately after THON because it truly was a life-changing experience,” she said, “I was moved by the spirirt of the little children we were helping. They had gone through more in their short lives than anyone should have to endure, and I wanted to make a difference.”
Since her graduation from Penn State, the meaning behind the event has changed for Hainer.
“Now that I’m a mother,” she said, “the fight has taken on a totally different meaning…I want to know that I have done everything possible to further the fight against this horrible disease.”
For the 11th straight year, Penn Staters in the Philadelphia area will join together for the Liberty Ball, a night out to benefit the Four Diamonds.
Although the “blue-tie optional” event is already sold out, there is plenty to look forward to for those who have the chance to be in attendance.
Jamie Nelson (’02) and Melissa Quintana (’06) are co-chairs of the annual event which has raised over $125,000 to date for THON.
“It’s always a rewarding experience to harness the power of the Nittany Network for good,” says Nelson, who danced in THON for the Blue & White Society in 2002.
In addition to a silent auction, raffles, dinner, and dancing, the event has added a new award to honor a very special person. The Kayla Nakonechni Knight Award will be introduced this weekend to honor the late Penn State alumna, THON dancer, and Four Diamonds child. The award will be given out every year at the event going forward.
Also joining in this year’s Liberty Ball will be the Dami Schertzer family, who will speak about how support from THON and activities like Liberty Ball have positively impacted their family.
The event takes place at Ballroom at the Ben (834 Chestnut St #203, Philadelphia, PA 19107) – the same ballroom used in the popular film Silver Linings Playbook.
Nelson added, “Unveiling the total raised at the end of the evening is not only a culmination of our committee’s efforts, but reminiscent of our THON experiences as students at Penn State.”
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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