Greetings from the Director
The capacity of the extended Penn State Altoona family to enhance the quality of life for others never ceases to amaze me. In our debut e-newsletter, we shared articles about student involvement in community service and our Alumni Society’s Winter Plunge. If you had an opportunity to read the articles, I hope you were inspired by the many ways our students and alumni are contributing to the betterment of society.
This month, our lineup includes a link to an article that celebrates the contributions of Penn State Altoona Benefitting THON to the unprecedented success of this year’s IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon. As you may be aware, Dance Marathon is the largest student-run philanthropy in the world. Since 1977, THON has raised more than $100 million for the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital. Four Diamonds offsets the cost of treatment that a family’s health insurance does not cover, as well as non-medical costs, such as household expenses that may impede the care of the child.
As a Penn State alumnus and Director of Development at Penn State Altoona, I am so very proud of our college’s students—as well as Chancellor Lori J. Bechtel-Wherry—for embracing THON by raising funds and participating in the 46-hour event at the Bryce Jordan Center February 15-17. As noted in the article, our Thon committee set a record for Commonwealth Campuses by raising over $100,000. Penn State Altoona’s prominent standing as the leader among the Commonwealth Campuses in the fundraising competition is a testament to our students’ passion for this very special event.
The extraordinary devotion of Penn State Altoona Benefitting Thon to the children who benefit from this grand Penn State tradition casts a positive reflection on everyone associated with our college and University. These students are to be commended for devoting their time, energy, and enthusiasm to a cause that supports pediatric cancer research and care. The value of the service they rendered cannot be measured.
I hope our students’ commitment to service and philanthropy is an enduring source of Penn State Pride for you too. They are truly proof positive that one individual can make a difference.
If you would like to add your philanthropic support to our THON committee’s efforts, please mail a check payable to Penn State Altoona to: Office of Student Life, Attention THON, Penn State Altoona, 3000 Ivyside Park, Altoona, PA 16601.
Thank you for your consideration, and best wishes for a great month!
N. Susan Woodring
Director of Development and Alumni Relations