Students raise money
Penn State Wilkes-Barre student leaders are having an impact upon the University and the surrounding neighborhoods in ways that will leave meaningful and lasting contributions. Currently, one way that Penn State Wilkes-Barre students are giving back to the community is through their participation in the largest student-run philanthropy in the world, known as THON. For nearly 35 years, students of THON have raised more than $46 million dollars and have helped thousands of children and families fight pediatric cancer.
At the Wilkes-Barre campus, students Marco Cosgrove, an Information Sciences and Technology major, and Lauren Ciavarella, a Communications major, have been coordinating year-round fund-raising events to benefit THON. All the proceeds go to the 4 Diamonds Fund at the Hershey Medical Center to help fight childhood cancer with superior care, comprehensive support, and innovative research. According to Jackie Warnick-Piatt, Student Activities Coordinator, “Both Marco Cosgrove and Lauren Ciavarella do a marvelous job at providing the leadership that’s necessary for planning exciting activities such as the THON Date Auction and the Haunted Forest. These two programs alone have raised over $4,000 dollars for THON.”
THON weekend is scheduled for Feb. 22-24, 2008 at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College. During this time, 700 dancers and thousands of supporters will come together in the hopes of one day finding a cure for pediatric cancer. This collective effort has become one of Penn State's greatest and most unifying traditions.
For more information on how to make a donation, contact the Penn State Wilkes-Barre Student Activities Office at 570-675-9284.