SCHUYLKILL HAVEN, Pa. — Schuylkill Benefiting THON, Penn State Schuylkill’s chapter of the philanthropic student organization, raised more than $18,875 in the fight against pediatric cancer throughout this academic year — part of the record-setting $13.7 million raised by THON University-wide. The organization’s fundraising efforts culminated in THON Weekend, held Feb. 18-20 at University Park’s Bryce Jordan Center, where three Penn State Schuylkill student representatives participated in the 46-hour no sitting, no sleeping dance marathon.
Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic impacting the group’s traditional fundraising methods, the students still found unique ways to raise money for the kids. This year, the students made social distancing and virus safety protocols their priority, particularly mindful of any events attended by THON child Devin Pulaski. These fundraisers included a T-shirt sale in Devin’s name and raffles featuring prizes donated by local businesses.
“I love seeing the students’ relationships with Devin grow as they become a part of her extended family,” said Kayla Felty, assistant director of athletics and the campus organization’s staff adviser.
This year, Schuylkill Benefiting THON voted for three students to represent Penn State Schuylkill at the 2022 THON Weekend: Adam Amend, a third-year criminal justice and psychology student; Dominique Hughes, a third-year corporate communication student; and Samantha Robbins, a second-year business major in the marketing/management option.
“I was also a THON dancer last year,” said Hughes, Schuylkill Benefiting THON chapter president. “But this year will be so much different because we’ll be in person, and I’m really excited.”
“I am truly impressed with how dedicated the executive board was to raising maximum funds for THON,” said Felty. “I am confident they gained many life skills through all the planning, prepping and executing of the various events while also strengthening their passion for their purpose. They’re changing lives for the better, and I couldn’t be more proud of each of them.”
Visit the THON website to learn more about the organization and learn how much money was raised for the kids across all of Penn State’s campuses.