Students raised more than $2,300 for THON at Penn State Brandywine by hosting several fun, campus events in honor of THON Spirit Week.
Beginning with a Kandy and Kisses sale on Valentines Day, students, faculty and staff emptied their pockets and shared a few laughs before heading off to the University's annual 46-hour dance marathon at the Bryce Jordan Center over the weekend.
Director of Student Affairs Matthew Shupp helped raise more than $700 by shaving his head at an event aptly named "Cash for Curls." Students donated in the bin for "save it" or "shave it," and by the end, it was clear his hair had no hope. That's right, his trademark long, curly locks are headed for Locks of Love.
Afterward, students offered themselves up during the campus Date Auction. And on Wednesday evening, the campus came together for a Spaghetti Dinner and Chance Auction in the Lion's Den of the Commons Building. Attendees won tickets to the Philadelphia Art Museum, baked goods and lots of goodie baskets. The traditional Italian feast was donated by Joseph's Catering, the campus' on-site caterer. As a result of Joseph's Catering owner Joe Betzala's generosity, 100 percent of the event's proceeds will benefit THON.
The final hurrah was the dancer send-off on Thursday, Feb. 17. The campus' official THON dancers, freshmen Alexis Cicala and Amanda Rasley, who boogied 'til their feet fell off at THON's main attraction at University Park, were showered with encouragement in the form of hand-made cards and plenty of hoots and hollers.