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Pre-THON Events

Harvest Day
Join us for the 15th Annual Harvest Day at Harner Farm on Sunday, September 22nd! This event is hosted by the Family Relations Captain Committee and it is the first opportunity for us to meet your family. As in past years, the Harner family has generously donated their farm to us for this event. Family Relations would like to invite you to this exciting day filled with pumpkin picking, hay mazes, new friends, and fun! Harvest Day has gained a lot of popularity in the past couple of years, and if you attend you will surely see why! This celebration kicks off the THON season at Penn State and builds relationships that will last throughout the entire THON season!
The Family Relations Committee is looking forward to meeting you, working with you throughout the year, and sharing the excitement that is THON weekend. Throughout this year, you will get to know the Family Relations Committee and the Executive Committee very well, and what a better way to meet than at a relaxing day at Harner Farm!
Please RSVP by September 10th, 2013 using this link. Feel free to contact Cara Wojciechowski, Family Relations Director at or (717) 490-0855 with any questions.
Directions to Harner Farm: From Rte. 322 W take Business/Atherton Street exit to College Avenue (Rt. 26 South). Turn left onto West College Avenue and proceed approximately two miles through four traffic lights. Harner Farm will be on your right, about 1/2 mile after the fourth traffic light. The farm is located on the corner of West College Avenue and Whitehall Road (across from a large Uni-Mart).

Join the Penn State and THON community at the 14th Annual THON 5K and 10th Annual Kids’ Race on Sunday, November 2, 2014! The 5K has transformed into one of the largest THON events of the year and it has become a true crowd favorite! The day will include music provided by DJ Larry Moore, food, great races, and prizes for participants! The Kids’ Race will begin at 10:40 a.m. at the corner of Curtin and University Roads. Kids 10 and under can participate and will be accompanied by the Special Events and Family Relations Captains!
Following the Kids’ Race and prior to the start of the 5K, a Four Diamonds family will speak to kick off the race, and provide inspiration to the 5K participants. The race will begin at 11:30 a.m., with runners taking off on the course around the Penn State campus. Walkers are welcome to participate as well!
There is no charge for Four Diamonds children and siblings participating in the Kids Race or family members participating in the fun run/walk; however, each participant must complete the registration form accompanied in the mailer that is sent out. Any family member who wishes to participate in chip timing must register on the form and pay $3 at the registration table the day of the event. 
You may register your family through this link. If your family is registered early enough, your Four Diamonds Child will receive a free THON FT5K t-shirt! Please see the calendar for registration deadlines. Additional details can be found on the THON 5K flyer. You can find parking behind the Shields Building, Bryce Jordan Center and Beaver Stadium. If you have any questions, please contact Cara Wojciechowski, Family Relations Director, at or (717) 490-0855. We hope to see you all there!

Family Carnival

Come join Penn State students on the Penn State campus to celebrate the new THON season, meet up with old friends, and create new bonds at the 19th Annual Family Carnival on Sunday, November 16, 2014! Relive the spirit of THON with a small taste of THON weekend, filled with your favorite organizations and volunteers!

Overview of the carnival’s events:

• Participate in the fun carnival games provided by THON committees and music provided by DJ Larry Moore!

• Relax, catch up and meet other Four Diamonds families, and enjoy great food provided by the THON Hospitality Committee in the Family Lounge.

• Record a video message to the dancers of THON 2015 ! These messages will

be compiled into a video that will be shown THON Weekend during the dancers' toughest hours!

• Vote on the color of the THON Family t-shirt, which you will receive during THON weekend. 

• See the THON 2015 logo revealed at the conclusion of the carnival!


Please register using this link. (Please remember to register for the Adopt-A-Family Program on your THON Registration form and mail it to the Four Diamonds Office by October 11th so that you can share this awesome day with your paired organization!)


Please contact Cara Wojciechowski, Family Relations Director, at (717) 490-0855 or with any questions regarding the Family Carnival.


Teen Nights
Teen Nights are a great way for Four Diamonds families with any children over the age of 13 to get to know each other and the Family Relations Committee better! The first Teen Night is Friday, October 18th, 2013. The Family Relations Committee will be hosting the event for the teens in Hershey. There will be LOTS of fun games, Halloween costumes, and fun Halloween activities! We hope to see you there! Registration is available at

New Family Orientation
New Family Orientation (NFO) is an event held at Hershey for new Four Diamonds Families to get acquainted with THON and prepare them for THON Weekend in February. A thorough and informative presentation will be given to parents, while children will get to have fun and play games with the Family Relations Captains. Lunch will also be served! New families will be personally invited to this event. If you have any questions, please contact Cara Wojciechowski, Family Relations Director, at or (717) 490-0855.

THON Hoops

THON Hoops is a fun-packed day with the Family Relations Committee, Executive Committee, and the Penn State Men’s Basketball team! The game will be held at the Bryce Jordan Center - another chance to get excited about THON Weekend! Please check your Mailers for more details on the date of the event, games, activities, and an RSVP form for the event. If you have any questions, please contact Cara Wojciechowski, Family Relations Director, at (717) 490-0855 or


THON Soccer
Join the Family Relations Captains, Executive Committee, THON volunteers and watch as the Penn State Men's Soccer Team takes on Northwestern on October 27th, 2013 at 1pm. The game will be held at Jeffrey Field in State College. Please check you mailers for more details on the event and activities, and an RSVP form for the event. If you have any questions, please contact Cara Wojciechowski, Family Relations Director, at (717) 490-0855 or