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Paw Search set for Dec. 14

12/10/2007 —

Singing, dancing, modeling, karate and more are all a part of Penn State York’s Paw Search set for Friday, Dec. 14 from 6 – 8 p.m. at the campus’ Pullo Family Performing Arts Center.   A takeoff on the old television show, “Star Search,” this talent contest is a benefit.  All proceeds from Paw Search go to the Penn State Dance Marathon, fondly know as THON, to help children with cancer through the Four Diamonds Fund at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center.   This is one of the local campuses’ many fundraisers in support of THON.

“We are embarking on a journey along with the rest of Penn State to help children with cancer,” said Roderick Bell, coordinator of Paw Search, one of the Penn State York THON co-chairs, and a freshman at the campus.  “This is a journey to help kids with cancer and their families with their fight. We have been called to action. Paw Search is just one of the ways we plan on using to raise money to help.”   

The campus sends two dancers (maybe four this year) to take part in the 46-hour marathon set for Feb. 22. - 24 at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College.   Last year the event in State College raised more than $5.2 million for the Four Diamonds Fund at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center.  Penn State York raised just under $10,000 last year and hopes to raise more this year.

Paw Search features a collection of talent that will be presented within a two-hour time frame.  Performances include The Milton Hershey New Horizon Jazz Singers, a karate demonstration by Kim's Karate, Nittany Catwalk Modeling Squad (Penn State York modeling group), up and coming rap artists, poetry, dancing and stepping.

Tickets for Paw Search are $10 and can be purchased the night of the show at the door or in advance in the Student Affairs office at Penn State York.  Tickets can also be purchased from Penn State York’s Student Government Executive Board -  Roderick Bell, Todd Gutierrez or Jessica Olan.

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