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Thon 2009 Spawns Related Events

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Penn State alumni can “Dream Forward” and also “pay it forward” by attending Thon-related events from New York City to Atlanta in the weeks leading up to Thon. Building on the success of Diamonds Over Georgia and the Liberty Ball, the Dance Marathon Alumni Interest Group (DMAIG) plans events and works with alumni chapters to organize fundraisers for Thon and its beneficiary, The Four Diamonds Fund. In addition, many chapters throughout the country also sponsor Thon fund-raising events, so check with local alumni groups.

A detailed listing of many Thon-related events can be found on DMAIG’s Web site and the sponsoring chapter Web sites. A sampling of upcoming events:

Penn State Alumni Night at the Philadelphia Phantoms
Friday, Dec. 19 at 7:00 p.m.
Watch the Philadelphia Phantoms, of the American Hockey League, battle the Lowell Devils at Wachovia Center. The Alumni Pep Band will perform the National Anthem and the Nittany Lion and Penn State cheerleaders will make a special appearance. Enjoy the company of fellow Penn Staters and special food prices, while $5 of every ticket goes to Thon. [Learn More]

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Hope Gala 2009: It’s Up to You,
New York!

Friday, Jan. 23 at 7:00 p.m.
Dust off the tux and put on your dancing shoes. Inspired by the successful Liberty Ball in Philadelphia, New York Penn Staters are launching their first gala in support of Thon and The Four Diamonds Fund at the Hershey Medical Center. Organizers promise a first-class evening of dinner, dancing, and philanthropy at Capitale, a New York City Historic Landmark Building on the Lower East Side. [Gala Details]

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The Blue White Ball, 4 Diamonds, 3 Rivers, One Dream
Saturday, Jan. 31 at 7:00 p.m.
Pittsburgh Penn Staters are launching what they hope will become a fundraising tradition linked to Thon and The Four Diamonds Fund. The first Blue White Ball will be held at Heinz Field. Partygoers will find hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, dancing, a silent auction, and a behind-the-scenes look at Heinz Field, home of the Pittsburgh Steelers. [Party in Pittsburgh Info]

Diamonds Over Georgia 2009
Friday, Feb. 6 at 8:00 p.m.
The greater Atlanta Penn State alumni will host their popular fundraiser—Diamonds Over Georgia—to benefit efforts to fight childhood cancer through The Four Diamonds Fund at the Hershey Medical Center and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. The event, now in its third year, will feature food, drinks, dancing, and a live auction at the Atlanta Woman’s Club. Purchase tickets in advance, as space is limited to 250 people. [Diamonds Details]

Liberty Ball, A Knight for the Kids
Saturday, Feb. 7 at 6:30 p.m.
Alumni in Philadelphia will gather for the fourth annual “Liberty Ball, A Knight for the Kids” on Feb. 7, 2009, at The Franklin (formerly the Franklin Institute). Organizers are planning an elegant evening with a three-course dinner, open bar, silent auction, and entertainment by Second Vision, a 10-piece dance band with vocalists who thrive on “keeping everyone on the dance floor all night long.” In its first three years, the Liberty Ball has raised more than $30,000 for The Four Diamonds Fund. [Liberty Ball Info]

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Thon 2009 will be Feb. 20–22 at the Bryce Jordan Center on the University Park campus. Thon started in 1972 and, since 1977, has raised more than $46 million for The Four Diamonds Fund at the Hershey Medical Center. The Four Diamonds Fund’s mission is to conquer childhood cancer by assisting children and their families and supporting comprehensive care and innovative research. Thon 2008 raised more than $6.6 million for The Four Diamonds Fund. For more information on Thon or to make a donation, visit the Thon Web site.

For more information on DMAIG, the Dance Marathon Alumni Interest Group, visit the group's Web site and calendar of events.

Other Web sites:

The Four Diamonds Fund

Penn State Hershey Medical Center’s Children’s Hospital

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