Penn College THON Chapter Turns Out for Heartfelt Cause

Published 02.25.2016

Student News

From left: Students Michelle D. Kachik, of Clarence; Rylee A. Butler, of Bellefonte; Brittany R. Terpstra, of Jim Thorpe; Emma J. Sutterlin, of State College; and Zoey (a friend's daughter).Penn College students put their "PCT" pride in writing.The Red Land team from Lewisberry, which won the U.S. Championship at the 2015 Little League Baseball World Series, delivers a THON donation to the Bryce Jordan Center.From left, Mackenzie L. Martin, of Thompsontown, joins THON colleagues Kachik and Butler.An impressive total, writ large on the dance floorPenn College Benefiting THON contributed $6,858.84 of the $9,770,332.32 overall total raised throughout the year for the annual fight against pediatric cancer. As part of America's largest student-run philanthropy, the campus organization held a number of events to raise money for the Four Diamonds Fund. Culminating the "For the Kids" campaign is an iconic 46-hour dance marathon at Penn State, and a number of Penn College representatives were on hand again this year for the phenomenal finale. "My favorite part about THON is the final four hours," said Max C. Bower, a heavy construction equipment: operator emphasis major from Lewisberry and president of the Penn College THON chapter. "It has always amazed me when 15,000-plus students can come together to support such a great cause. Every year, everyone in the Bryce Jordan Center sings 'Angels Among Us' by Alabama, and, each time I hear it, I get goosebumps from the joy that it brings ... yet the sadness that it represents." Joining him (and those pictured) were students Brieona R. Broadwater, of Berlin; Courtney K. Brown, of Hanover; Calah D. Doyka, of Mercersburg; Ian E. Gardepe, of Hawley; Kelsey J. Maneval, of McAlisterville; Stephanie C. Myers, of Catawissa; Lillian L. Pakradooni, of Reading; and Brianna M. Young, of Fayetteville, North Carolina.
Photos by Bower and Todd Moore, student affairs marketing specialist