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New Kensington THON Team 2012
THON committee chair Kelsie Nury, center, was a member of the campus team that raised $50,000 for THON 2012.
11/2/2012 —


Noon-6:00 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 18,
Mt. Hope Presbyterian Church, Penn Hills, Pa.

With THON 2013 only four months away, Penn State New Kensington students are stepping up the fundraising activities with a spaghetti dinner from noon to 6 p.m., on Sunday, Nov. 18, at the Mt. Hope Presbyterian Church in Penn Hills, Pennsylvania.

The menu features salad, bread, tea/orange juice/water/coffee, spaghetti with meat sauce or plain marinara, and various desserts. Tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for children under 10, and free for children 3 years old and younger. Takeout is available.

The Penn State Interfraternity Council/ Panhellenic Dance Marathon, aka THON, is a University-wide event that is scheduled for Friday-Sunday, Feb. 15-17, at the Bryce Jordan Center on Penn State’s University Park campus.  Kelsie Nury, a sophomore in the Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management program, is the THON chair for the New Kensington campus. She has set a goal of $55,000, which would be the campus' highwater mark.

A year ago, Nury, a graduate of Burrell High School, represented the campus as a dancer at the marathon event and helped raise $50,437, second best total in campus history. The $52,000 in 2011 total is the campus standard. In the past three years, the New Kensington THON committee has collected more than $122,000 to support pediatric cancer patients, families and researchers. Since 2002, the total is $216,000.

Fundraising activities will continue through February as campus students will be hosting various events and canning outside businesses in the region to raise money for what is believed to be the largest student-run philanthropy in the world.

Mt. Hope Presbyterian Church is located at 12106 Frankstown Road, in Penn Hills. For more about the spaghetti dinner, contact Kelsie Nury at 724-462-1779 or kcn5033@psu.edu via email.

For information on other campus THON events, contact Lauren Blum at 724-334-6063 or ldb14@psu.edu via email

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