PJ Tatano, Junior, began the fundraiser “No Hair Don’t Care” 2 years ago to benefit his organization, The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. This fundraiser focuses on showing solidarity with children who have lost their hair through chemotherapy treatments. This year, the event will be held by the Special Events Committee and will give students across the campus an opportunity to support the organization of their choice by shaving their heads for THON weekend. Below, PJ will explain his journey with NHDC as well as how you can get involved this year!
For decades, Penn State University has been home to thousands of students, alumni, donors and supporters who are taking action in the fight against childhood cancer. While THON has grown to become the largest student-run philanthropy in the world, the tradition and values of this University and this organization remain the same as they did 43 years ago.
Tis' the season for giving back! We hope you are all enjoying your winter break and spending time with family and friends! Although we may be on break, the fight against pediatric cancer doesn't stop, so neither do we! There are many ways to spread THON's mission this holiday, but we picked a few of our favorites!
On Saturday December 12, THON Families and Student Volunteers gathered to support PSU Women's Hockey and THON at Pegula Ice Arena. At the conclusion of the game, everyone enjoyed a free skate! If you missed out on the event, check out our recap below!
Fundraising Safety Workshops, previously offered on-campus and facilitated by THON Captains, will now be offered through an e-Course online platform, known as TeLMS: THON e-Learning Management System. The newly created TeLMS site features an e-Course of brief quizzes and videos that aim to accomplish the overall goal of volunteer safety. Rules & Regulations Volunteer Safety Director, Jack Small, expects the new e-course to continue the goals of the on-campus workshops by improving upon the communication and distribution of our volunteer safety protocols.
In order to more accurately reflect the role of the Morale Committee in the THON community, Morale will be renamed the Dancer Relations Committee. The implementation of this change will begin in the THON 2015 season.
The Dancer Relations Committee will continue to fulfill the duties the Morale Committee previously handled, which include: coordinating logistical components of the dancer experience, planning various pre-THON and THON Weekend Events, and ensuring the physical safety and emotional well-being of the Dancers throughout THON Weekend.
For THON 2015, Rules & Regulations will be comprised of two separate Committees, Event Safety and Volunteer Safety. Read below to see how these Committees are working to improve the safety and security of THON:
There are new Spring Captain positions for THON 2015! Applications can be found on THINK.THON.org and are due online and in 210 HUB by 5pm on Monday, April 21st. You can learn about the new positions below:
In the years since its inception, THON has seen a huge amount of growth in terms of fundraising, involvement, and support. During THON Weekend, a livestream is made available to the public so that any THON supporters, even those outside of State College or the US, can follow along with the weekend's events. Supporters from around the world tuned into the livestream, especially for the final four hours and total reveal one week ago today. Here are a few of your stories.
As everyone in the BJC celebrated the magic that is THON this past weekend, there were countless other supporters watching the livestream from around the world. This note was sent in to the THON blog by a THON supporter named Rosalie Carbone, and serves as an important reminder that you don't have to be in the BJC or even attend Penn State to spread THON's message.
THON Weekend 2014 has come and gone, but the memories left behind will last forever. Four Diamonds families redefined what it means to be courageous, dancers redefined what it means to be strong, and everyone in the BJC redefined what it means to be a family. Everyone experiences THON differently, but this weekend everyone involved in THON proved that nothing is impossible. Here's how you redefined the possibilities this weekend.
THON is TOMORROW! Now that final preparations are being made, it's time to start thinking about THON weekend. We've compiled a list of tips to help you know what to expect so you can make the best of the weekend! For more THON weekend tips, visit the THON Weekend Survival Guide on THON.org.
THON Weekend is just around the corner, and whether you're a captain, committee member, organization member, or general supporter, it's time to start packing! If you're wondering what to pack, we're here to help. Here's your THON weekend packing list:
With THON only 3 days away, it's time to start making final preparations. In the days leading up to THON weekend, we'll provide the THON community with a series of how to posts in order to help everyone efficiently prepare for THON Weekend. Today, we have more tips from previous dancers on how to prepare for THON Weekend as a dancer!
With THON only 5 days away, it's time to start making final preparations. In the days leading up to THON weekend, we'll provide the THON community with a series of how to posts in order to help everyone efficiently prepare for THON Weekend. Today, we have some tips from previous dancers on how to prepare for THON Weekend as a dancer!
With THON only 8 days away, it's time to start making final preparations. In the days leading up to THON weekend, we'll provide the THON community with a series of how to posts in order to help everyone efficiently prepare for THON Weekend. Today, we have some tips from previous dancers on how to prepare for THON Weekend as a dancer!
Traditionally, THON has 708 dancers. We recently learned that due to reasons unrelated to THON, an organization allocated dancers for THON 2014 is unable to participate. Given THON’s addition of odd dancer numbers for organizations this year, a portion of their dancers were reallocated to the lottery, resulting in an odd number of dancers for THON 2014.