by: Timothy Owen (Penn State University)
Here at the Campus Socialite we obviously pride ourselves on the finest sets of melons, the funniest drinking stories, the latest trends and of course, those perfectly situated derrieres. Every once in a while, though, you have to take a minute to recognize truly great accomplishments.
This past weekend Penn State THON donated an astonishing $7.8 million dollars to the Four Diamonds Fund, a charity for pediatric cancer. THON, a 46-hour dance marathon, dethroned last year’s record-setting mark of $7.49 million.“It was incredible—definitely a time I will never forget” said Jackie Mannon, a THON dancer, during a phone interview with Campus Socialite. Jackie remained on her feet from 6 p.m. Friday night until 4 p.m. Sunday.
In order to earn a spot on the dance floor, Jackie and her cousin raised an astonishing $17,000 over the one-year period. Most organizations who are involved in THON are much larger—fraternities, sororities, athletic teams, and so on. Therefore $17,000 from two students takes a lot of hard work and inspiration. “(It) was beyond what we even expected,” Mannon excitedly explained.
Jackie, whose mother recently passed after battling cancer, had all the inspiration she needed; enough to assure $17,000 individually and $7.8 million collectively as reachable goals. “To see that 7.8 immediately made me cry—I was blown away,” said Jackie.
The total blew everyone involved away. It is great to see Penn State’s collective effort to create such hope. I hope this blows away all you Campus Socialites too! Charities like this always make for a worth-while little penance to hand yourself for all the excessive boozing and partying! Or you can just do it for the hell of it—there are always people in need.