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Check in hand, Penn State Berks students head for THON

Check in hand, Penn State Berks...

SPRING TWP., Pa. - Local Penn State students are on the way to this year's THON dance marathon in State College.

Students at Penn State University's Berks Campus in Spring Township showed off how much they raised over the past year for THON, before they received a check for $5,000 from the Berks chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association (PSAA).

That money was raised during a special Penn State-themed Reading Royals game and jersey auction on January 21. The check also included a matching donation from the chapter.

"Over the seven-year history of this event, our chapter has been fortunate to work with an outstanding partner organization like the Reading Royals Hockey Club, the Berks benefiting THON student club at Penn State Berks, and our committee of dedicated volunteers who put in significant time to coordinate this event," said Mike Rowley, the PSAA president. "Together, we’re committed to raising awareness and funding to support THON, an organization led by Penn State students dedicated to the pursuit of a cure for pediatric cancer."

Now, the local students --  senior Anna Lau, and juniors Michael Aboulhouda, Amanda Alpuche, Marissa Catteau, and Kailen Moyer -- are off to State College to take part in a 46-hour no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon to benefit Four Diamons, which supports families battling pediatric cancer.

The event starts Friday and goes through Sunday at the Bryce Jordan Center at Penn State University Park.

In 2016, the grand total raised by THON was $9,770,332,32. Penn State Berks' record of $51,622.59 ranked third among all PSU campuses for fundraising events and activities throughout the year.

To donate, contact the campus life office at 610-396-6076 or go to THON's website. Go to the drop-down window labeled "Please give the following organization credit for my gift" and select "Berks" or Org #77.

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