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THON-A-Palooza Set for November 10 – 11 at Penn State York

Maddie Hill, York's THON child
10/26/2006 —

Local high school and college students will be putting on their dancing shoes Nov. 10 and 11 at Penn State York when the 24-hour THON-A-Palooza gets started at 4 p.m. in the Lion's Den of the Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center.  The goal is to dance/stay on your feet until 4 p.m. Saturday afternoon, 24-hours, and raise money for children with cancer. This event is a mini version of the famous THON, the 48-hour dance marathon held each February in State College. 

The photo on the right shows Maddie Hill, York's THON child, showing off her Twister skills during last year's local fundraising event.
 
In order to dance in the York THON-A-Palooza, dancers must raise $50. There's still time to register to be a participant. "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 event.   Kapterian has danced twice in THON at University Park and completed the 48-hour feat, "for the kids."  
 
York's smaller event includes a carnival like atmosphere complete with live bands games, prizes, face painting, and more.  Games include "mega" Twister, Dance Dance Revolution, and others.  Bands scheduled to play include Beautiful Disaster, Rosematter, Dear Stardom, The Secrecy, Suburban Sound, Le Baron, Elyon?s Fire, King's Foil, Fooling April, and Penn State York's own John McLucas with an acoustic set.
 
For more information on Penn State York's THON-A-Palooza, call George Kapterian at 840-1821 or contact him via e-mail at gak159@psu.edu or Swara Shah at sbs188@psu.edu.
 
THON is a 31-year tradition at Penn State and has raised more than $30 million for children with cancer.  THON is set for Feb.16 - 18, 2007, at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College. 

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