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Students Host Auction, Spaghetti Dinner to Benefit Pediatric Cancer, Feb. 16

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2/8/2011 —

Penn State Brandywine’s chapter of THON and Joseph’s Catering will be holding a benefit Spaghetti Dinner and Chance Auction on Wednesday, Feb. 16, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Lion’s Den and the Lion’s Pit, located in the Commons Building. 

Penn State's IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, or THON, is the largest student run philanthropy in the world and is a yearlong effort to raise funds and awareness for the fight against pediatric cancer. The year culminates with a 46-hour dance marathon, this year slated for Feb. 18-20. THON has raised over $69 million since it was started in 1973.

Brandywine’s THON committee has planned a fun night of an auction with the dinner. Guests are invited to buy as many tickets as they would like for a set price, then use the tickets to bid on the items on display, which include tickets to a Camden Sharks game and the Brandywine River Museum, a gift certificate to Bull Durham’s Steakhouse in West Chester and a variety of gift cards from local merchants. Tickets will be 4 for $1.00, 10 for $2.00 and 20 for $5. Premium baskets and door prize tickets will be available for $2 each. Drawing of the chances will start around 5:30 p.m.

 “Making our traditional Silent Auction into a Chance Auction is new territory for us,” says Brittney Walker, of Yeadon, co-chair of THON and coordinator of THON’s Spirit Week. “However, we think that this years auction will appeal to everyone. There are going to be great baskets to take a chance on, wonderful food to eat in or take out and lots of fun for all as we work toward our ultimate goal, which is helping kids with cancer.”

The dinner, being donated by Joseph’s Catering, will consist of spaghetti and meatballs, tossed salad with house dressing, rolls and butter and sweetened iced tea for $5.00. All the proceeds will go directly to THON.

“Joseph’s Catering is so excited to be a part of this wonderful charity,” said Mary Pat Finn, of Joseph’s Catering. “THON is definitely a cause that is worth everyone’s time to support.”

The Chance Auction and Spaghetti Dinner is just one of the many events being held during THON Spirit Week from Feb. 14-18. THON is also hosting Kandy and Kisses on Valentine’s Day, the annual Date Auction and their “Cash for Curls” event on February 15 and the annual Dancer Send –Off on February 17. 

The THON committee encourages the local community to attend the event and hopes that it will become an annual event. For more information, please contact THON co-adviser Karrie Bowen, kab44@psu.edu.

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