STUDENTS SPICE UP THON AUCTION
Penn State Brandywine’s student-run organization, Thon, is holding its 6th Annual Silent Auction, a fundraising event that seeks to raise money for children with pediatric cancer. The event will take place on February 3, 2009 from 11a.m to 2 p.m. at the commons building gymnasium.
For the past five years, the Silent Auction has been Penn State Brandywine Thon’s most successful event to date. Through written bids, students, faculty, staff, and members of the community can compete for items provided by local and corporate donors. Everyone is invited to enjoy the festivities that the event has to offer, especially the surrounding community, which has been a big aid in previous years.
This year, Penn State Brandywine Thon decided to expand the event. In addition to the auction, a carnival has been added to the list of activities. With this creative twist, the organization seeks to reach as many people as possible by creating an enjoyable atmosphere while raising money for children. The carnival will feature gift baskets, door prizes, arts and crafts, karaoke, games, celebrity appearances, and an array of other things, including a visit from Miss Philadelphia.
Throughout Penn State University, students are raising money for children dealing with the horrible childhood disease of pediatric cancer through Thon. This money goes directly to the Four Diamond’s Fund, which supports cancer research. Additionally, the money raised relieves parents of medical expenses for children that stay at Penn State Children’s Hospital in Hershey, Pa.
During four selected weekends, many students participate in canister fundraising to receive voluntary donations, a large portion of the organizations total. Outside of those weekends, students must rely on alternative efforts to raise money for their campus organization. In 2008, the university-wide organization raised $6.6 million, and to date has donated $52 million to the Four Diamonds Fund.
This year, Thon has adopted the theme, “Dream Forward,” which is appropriate for Penn State Brandywine Thon because its members are hoping this year’s Silent Auction will surpass those in previous years. Last year, Penn State Brandywine Thon earned $12,779.44 for its fundraising year. With events such as the Silent Auction, members are striving to exceed such goals to maintain Thon’s reputation of being the largest student-run philanthropy in the world.