| Support our efforts at THON
THON has become a major event at Penn State--each year, there are over 3000 student volunteers on committees and serving as captains and overalls. It takes place each February and fills the entire Bryce Jordan Center, with over 700 dancers, and thousands of students filling the stands to support their dancers and the cause. In 2009-2010, Sigma Phi Epsilon raised over $71,000 for THON and amassed over 1500 hours of community service through our fundraising and volunteering efforts.
|Giving to THON in support of Penn Eta
There are two ways to support the Penn Eta Chapter's efforts at THON:
Focusing on philanthropy at THON
From the summer 2010 Sig Epic newsletter.
[This year,] we were privileged enough to be represented by four dancers ... and even had a brother (John Arnao '10) serve as the communications overall chairman.
Sigma Phi Epsilon has developed a great reputation for THON weekend. We always get a section in the same area in the front row of the BJC, and because of our constant presence and excitement, we have been featured in almost every THON promotional video released over the past few years. In the early hours of the morning, when the stands are relatively dead, our section can always be counted on to have more people than anyone else and to still be jumping around, having fun. We have received compliments from the DJ, captains, and even the overall chairperson. THON is something that we put a lot of work into throughout the year, and consequently, we have had much success over recent years. Feedback from some dancers follows below.
Joe Moskowitz '11 (hotel, restaurant, and institutional management): Looking back on my four undergrad years, dancing in THON was one of the most memorable events. Although it was tough at times, THON reminded me how one person can make a difference. With the help of all the brothers and Sigma Kappa sisters in the stands (and a few visits to the ice bath), I was able to make it the whole way. Congratulations to all the other dancers, as well as the chairs and committee members.
Sean Trombetta '11 (civil engineering): If someone were to ask me how I would describe THON, I would tell them that it is an amazing bonding experience for anyone who is thoroughly involved. For me, personally, I was able to become closer to the brothers of Sigma Phi Epsilon and the sisters of Sigma Kappa through canning trips and various THON activities throughout the past four years. I also gained a much stronger relationship with the seven other dancers who stood beside me for all 46 hours of THON 2010. These friendships are priceless as we graduate and move on with our respective careers, knowing we can always come back here to Penn State and share the memories we've made together through THON.
On the same note, the relationships that I now have with our THON families, the Millers and the Kirbys, are ones that I will cherish for the rest of my life. The children we danced for--and their families--are the main reason I became such an active participant in THON. It brings me great pleasure to know that I was able to make a difference, even if it is a small one, in the lives of these amazing people. I had the opportunity to spend valuable time with our THON families and got to know them on a more personal level. It was extremely satisfying to be a positive part of their lives as they go through the same hardships that I experienced when my father went through four long years of constant hospital visits, eventually losing his battle with cancer seven years ago.
Overall, THON, to me, is about the children and families that we danced for, but it is also about the relationships and memories we created along the way. In my years of involvement with THON, I have been emotionally moved and motivated by my experiences, and I feel as though it has made me a better person.