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Penn State York Kicks Off Fundraising for Thon

10/3/2005 —

Penn State York's Thon committee and the Martial Arts Club have joined together to sponsor a benefit screening of Final Fantasy VII - Advent Children on Friday, Oct. 7, and Saturday, Oct. 8, at the new Pullo Family Performing Arts Center at the campus.  The movie screening, at 8 p.m., and is free and open to the public.  Donations will be accepted for the Penn State Dance Marathon, affectionately known as Thon, which raises money for children with cancer. Two dancers from York will take part in the dance marathon at University Park on Feb. 17-19, 2006.

Students hope to raise money for Thon by attracting Final Fantasy fans to this latest movie.  The movie takes place two years after Cloud & Company saved the world from Sephiroth.  The citizens of the planet begin suffering from a strange sickness called Geostigma and Cloud has secluded himself, being haunted by the demons of his past.   In addition to the film screening, students will also be selling Thon bracelets.

Thon is a year round fundraising event benefiting The Four Diamonds Fund, Conquering Childhood Cancer, at the Penn State Children's Hospital in Hershey, PA. The year culminates in a no-sitting, no-sleeping, 48-hour dance marathon held every February. Over the past 30 years, the students of Thon have raised more than $30 million and have helped thousands of children and families fight pediatric cancer.

During Thon weekend, 700 students and thousands of supporters come together in University Park in the hopes of one day finding a cure for pediatric cancer. Whether standing for 48 hours as a dancer, entertaining the crowd, taking care of the facility, or even sitting in the stands, every person at Thon plays a small part in creating an amazing atmosphere of love, compassion, and understanding. This atmosphere inspires the students to fundraise throughout the year and tells the families of The Four Diamonds Fund that they have the care and support they need. This collective effort, involving more than 10,000 students, has become one of Penn State's greatest and most unifying traditions.

Anyone interested in sponsoring Penn State York's dancers in Thon can contact George Kapterian, the York Thon chairperson, at gak159@psu.edu.

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