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Sammons selected to participate in THON's 'Wigs for Kids' project

1/31/2011 —

Judson Sammons, residence life coordinator at Penn State Beaver, is one of only 20 people who have been selected to donate their hair onstage during the upcoming Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (THON) at Penn State University Park’s Bryce Jordan Center. The haircutting event will be held from 4:45 to 5:05 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, and all donations will be given to the THON Wigs for Kids project.

Sammons was selected for the honor after being nominated by Beaver’s staff of resident assistants and undergoing an application and evaluation process. According to the captains of the THON Wigs for Kids project, Sammons was chosen because of his ‘amazing spirit and amazing hair.

‘I’ve been growing my hair for more than two years,’ Sammons said. ‘Donating my hair has been a ‘bucket list’ item for me for a while now, and Penn State gave me the opportunity and supported me in helping a child with cancer. I’m very honored to be a part of the THON weekend in such a direct way.’

Beaver campus freshmen Jesse Bonincontro and Omosalewa Akintilom were selected to dance in the two-day THON that will begin Friday, Feb. 18 and conclude on Sunday, Feb. 20. Bonincontro is a Division of Undergraduate Studies major from Oakdale, and Akintilom, a liberal arts major, is from Ellicott City, Md.

In 1973, a small group of dedicated Penn State students held the first Dance Marathon. That year, 39 dancer couples participated and raised $2,000. Since then, THON’s presence in the Penn State community has grown exponentially. THON now has 15,000 student volunteers, 700 dancers, and has raised more than $69 million, benefiting The Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Children’s Hospital.

For information about making a donation to this year’s THON, contact Sammons at jbs23@psu.edu or 724-773-3952, or contact the Beaver campus Office of Student Activities at jmt226@psu.edu or 724-773-3959.

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