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THON FLEA MARKET TO RAISE MONEY FOR PEDIATRIC CANCER

10/9/2009 —

Penn State's student-run organization, THON, is holding its very first flea market on the Brandywine campus to raise money for children with pediatric cancer and is looking for community participation. The event will take place on October 24, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parking lot by the campus' athletic field as part of Penn State Brandywine campus' annual fall festival, Penn State Day, which takes place from noon to 3:00 p.m. The annual admissions program is also scheduled that day from 9:45 a.m. to noon.

With each year becoming more difficult to raise money for meaningful causes, the members of Penn State Brandywine THON put serious thought into new, creative ways of fundraising. "Everyone has items in their house that they no longer want, need, or can even store," THON Chair Teron Meyers said. "We thought it would be a great idea to take those items off of the hands of community members and give them the opportunity to earn a profit."

Brandywine THON is eager for a large turnout at this year’s event. For those interested in selling their items at the flea market, they have the opportunity of purchasing one parking spot for $15, two for $20, three for $30, and an additional $5 for each spot after that. The criteria for items sold varies, such as unwanted household items, antiques, collectibles, artwork, personal creations, etc.

For many years, THON has sought to implement creative ideas into its fundraising tactics. This year is no different. With a new chairperson leading the organization and a new committee in place, there are many innovative plans in store.

Last year, Penn State Brandywine THON raised $12,313.20 for its fundraising year, which was part of the overall total of $7,490,133.87 for all Penn State THON organizations. A great deal of that money came from special events like the flea market, in addition to canister fundraising, known as "canning," and personal donations. "This year’s THON committee hopes to raise $20,000, a goal that showcases the organization’s ambition," Meyers, a senior from Upper Darby, said.

To purchase a spot at the flea market, please contact Lauren Henderson at 610-909-6315 or Tiffany Ragins-Morris at 610-990-5161.

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