Mini-Thon Set For Friday and Saturday at Penn State York
Local high school and college students will be putting on their dancing shoes Jan. 20 and 21 at Penn State York when the 24-hour Mini-Thon gets started at 6 p.m. in the Lion's Den of the Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center. The goal is to dance until 6 p.m. Saturday night and raise money for children with cancer. This event is a mini version of the infamous Thon, the 48-hour dance marathon held each February in State College.
In order to dance in the York Mini-Thon, dancers must raise $20. "All money raised will go to Thon, the dance marathon at University Park, and go to help children with cancer through the Four Diamonds Fund at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center ," said George Kapterian, a Penn State York student and one of the organizers of the Mini-Thon. Kapterian will also be dancing in the upcoming Thon at State College next month and hopes to once again complete the 48-hour marathon. Kapterian was a dancer in 2005 and completed the dance marathon "for the kids." Isaiah Miller, another Penn State York student, will also represent the campus in Thon next month.
York's smaller event includes a carnival like atmosphere complete with bands playing, games, prizes, a date auction, face painting, and more. Games include "mega" Twister, Dance Dance Revolution and others. Cost per person for an evening of fun is $2. For more information on Penn State York's Mini-Thon, call George Kapterian at 840-1821 or contact him via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thon is a 30-year tradition at Penn State and has raised more than $30 million. Thon is set for February 17 -19 in State College.