From golf and cornhole tournaments to auctions at football-watching parties to full-blown gala evenings, Penn State alumni groups actively raise upwards of $100,000 for THON each year.
Many alumni affiliate groups across the country raise money for THON in variety of ways. Here’s a smattering of the activities.
Berks County Chapter
Soon, the Berks County Chapter will host its second annual Penn State Night at the Reading Royals. Last year, funds raised from ice hockey game tickets, an accompanying banquet and a jersey auction resulted in $11,775 for THON. To attend this year’s event on Jan. 21, check out the website.
Central Virginia Chapter
On the membership form, there’s an option for new members to make a donation to THON. See the form here.
Ever play cornhole? The game has been around for possibly centuries, but the tossing of beanbags into holes on a slanted plank has spiraled back into popularity since the 1990s. In southern Ohio, an annual tournament at a local restaurant, plus advertising at other restaurants, raises money for THON. Check out the chapter’s website here.
Middle Tennessee Chapter
Penn Staters in Tennessee have found that football-watching parties and an annual holiday gathering are effective opportunities to collect THON funds.
Here’s one way Penn Staters in Central New York add to THON funds—by double tipping at their monthly lunches and pooling the extra money collected, in a mini version of THON “canning.”
Each year, a number of gala events bring alumni together for a fun evening of dancing and dining—and all for a good cause. Here is info on this year’s THON galas:
Diamonds Over Georgia
Greater Atlanta Chapter
The sixth Diamonds Over Georgia gala will be held at the Villa Christina in Atlanta and will include silent and live auctions, a raffle, a three-course dinner and music. Last year, more than 120 guests enjoyed a night of food, socializing, dancing and entertainment, while raising more than $3,500 for The Four Diamonds Fund and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Visit the Diamonds Over Georgia website for more information on this year’s event.
Blue White Ball
Dance Marathon Alumni Interest Group
Last year, more than 200 Pittsburgh Penn Staters celebrated and raised approximately $13,000 for THON and The Four Diamonds Fund. This year, the fourth annual Blue White Ball will take place at Jay Verno Studios in Pittsburgh. To find out more, visit the website.
Lights. Camera. Cure.
Los Angeles Chapter
A brand new event this year by the Los Angeles Chapter called the “Hollywood Dance-a-THON” is a six-hour mini-THON at the historic Avalon Theater (an historic venue where the Beatles played) in Los Angeles. The evening will feature live entertainment, celebrities on a red carpet—Hollywood style—and a silent auction. For more info, visit the website.
The Hope Gala
New York City and Northern New Jersey Chapters
The fourth annual Hope Gala will be held at Helen Mills in New York City. A reception and dinner will include DJ entertainment, and raffle and silent auction items ranging from sports memorabilia to wine and spa packages. Last year, more than $20,000 was raised for The Four Diamonds Fund, with more than 200 attending. Register for this year’s event on the Hope Gala’s website.
Greater Philadelphia Chapter
Since 2004, the Philadelphia Penn State community has raised more than $50,000 with its annual gala. This year’s event occurs at the Adventure Aquarium in Camden, N.J., and promises “entertainment, good food, good fellowship and good feelings,” per the Liberty Ball’s website.
Knight of Diamonds Gala
Metro Washington, D.C. Chapter
The third annual Knights of Diamonds Gala will be held at the historic National Press Club in downtown Washington, D.C. More gala details will be posted on the groups website soon.