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Penn State Beaver students raise $7,000 for THON

3/14/2011 —

Penn State Beaver students raised $7,000 for this year’s Penn State Dance Marathon, known as THON. The funds were counted toward this year’s record-breaking total of $9,563,016 raised by Penn State students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends, organizations, and companies to benefit The Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital. Funds benefit pediatric cancer patients, their families, and ongoing cancer research at Penn State Hershey.

Beaver campus freshmen Jesse Bonincontro and Omosalewa Akintilo were two of 700 dancers who participated in the 46-hour event held last month at the Bryce Jordan Center, Penn State University Park. Bonincontro, enrolled in the Division of Undergraduate Studies, is from Oakdale, and Akintilo, a liberal arts major, is from Ellicott City, Maryland.

This year’s Beaver campus THON co-chairpersons were Natasha Terensky, a freshman liberal arts major from Canonsburg, and senior business major Justin Scherer, Sewickley.

The first Penn State dance marathon was held in 1973 and raised $2,000. Since then, Thon has raised more than $69 million to benefit The Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey.

For information about THON, contact the Student Activities Office at jmt226@psu.edu or 724-
773-3959.

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