THON is an annual event that takes place at many universities like Penn State University and University of Pittsburgh to raise money for childhood cancer. It’s a dance marathon that takes place for 12 hours where clubs, organizations, sororities, and fraternities have multiple members participate. The University of Pittsburgh has reached out to their branch campuses and has given them information on how to start their own dance marathon. They have given permission to clubs and organizations on branch campuses to partake in the event if they wish.
Al Thiel, Director Student Center and Student Involvement, says that this may not be a possibility because of the size of our campus, but he encourages clubs and organizations at Pitt-Greensburg to participate in THON.
“I fully support students who want to put together a team and want to do it, I think that would be great,” Thiel said.
Even though we don’t have a THON event at Pitt-Greensburg, Thiel mentioned other fundraising events that occur on campus to raise money for local charities. Pitt-Greensburg fundraises for Relay for Life, the Blackburn Center, and they have an event called Walk-a-Mile in His/Hers/Their Shoes.
One of the biggest events held to raise money is the charity basketball game that takes place in the spring where the faculty go against the students. This game helps raise money for the local women’s shelter, Welcome Home Shelter. Many students engage in these events to help raise as much money as possible for these charities.
“I am proud of how clubs fundraise around here. We are helping local charities and it allows us to make a big impact,” Thiel said.
Thiel added that there is possibility in the future for events like THON to take place in the future, depending on the student body and club’s interests.