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1/4/2010 —

Who said a silent auction has to be silent? Certainly not the students planning this year's Penn State Brandywine THON Silent Auction to benefit pediatric cancer on January 20 from 3 to 7 p.m. in the Commons Building Gymnasium.

Attendees at the annual event can bid on their favorite items and day-trips, including tickets to the Philadelphia Zoo, Please Touch Museum, Winterthur Museum, Eastern State Penitentiary, People's Light & Theater Co., passes to Jack Frost/Big Boulder and a Healing Hands massage, to name a few.

And to spice up this year's event, the students have added games for all ages, a variety of foods and even lowered the admission price. Admission to the event is two dollars and will include popcorn, snow cones, other carnival-themed foods, arts and crafts and face painting. There will also be a THON Idol competition, a DJ and maybe even some messy games like throwing pies at Penn State Brandywine staff or faculty members and creating human sundaes.

There will be stations where people can create mail to send to this year's THON dancers to keep them going during the annual dance marathon at University Park and cards for children being treated for pediatric cancer at the Hershey Medical Center.

The campus' THON members will sell T-shirts and provide information about THON to anyone interested in learning more about the largest student-run philanthropy in the country. All proceeds from the event will benefit THON.

Guests will even enjoy what's sure to be a colorful visit from a well-known guest branded by his crazy, outgoing personality. He's known throughout the Philadelphia sports world as "Crazy Shaun" or the "superfan." A die-hard Philadelphia Eagles fan, Shaun Young, a resident of the campus' hometown of Media, can be found cheering for the home team with his painted game face and a Brian Dawkins jersey ... that is, before the beloved player's move to the Denver Broncos.

"I hope a lot of people come out this year to support THON at the auction. Not just students, but community members too," Campus THON Chair Teron Meyers, a senior from Upper Darby, said. "This is a day of fun, but it's to benefit pediatric cancer. It's for the kids and to help us reach our goal of raising 20,000 dollars this academic year."

For more information on the event, contact Meyers at tam5086@psu.edu.

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