by Hannah Myers

Hershey Holiday Toy Drive

Spread joy this holiday season with the Hershey Holiday Toy Drive!  We are collecting toys to bring to Penn State Health Children’s Hospital in Hershey to brighten their holiday season.  Each toy bought off the registry will end up directly in the hands of a Four Diamond child and their families. Looking to get involved and make the holidays merry and bright? Scroll through our registry, select your favorite gift, and have it shipped to the THON Office (227D HUB, University Park, PA 16802) by December 8th!

Gingerbread House Kit Sale

Gingerbread house kits benefitting THON are now on sale on the Penn State Bakery website for $59.99! All proceeds after costs go towards THON with crediting available for Orgs/IDC’s/Committees. The kits will be on sale until December 16th. These are a great activity to do with friends or family and can also be sent as a present to absolutely anyone! In addition, you can send a picture of your finished gingerbread house to and the top 3 houses will be awarded up to $300 in crediting funds!

Hospitality Amazon Registry 

The Hospitality Committee needs your help acquiring food for THON Weekend! We are excited to announce that the Hospitality Amazon Registry has been created and is currently filled with items needed for Dancers and Families throughout the Weekend. This is the perfect opportunity to contribute to THON Weekend from the comfort of your home! Interested in donating? Use the provided link OR login to Amazon and search the Registry database for “THON Hospitality.” Once you “Proceed to Checkout”, ensure that you change the address to “Jessica Muller and Andrew Thornton’s Gift Registry Address” or manually enter the THON Office address (227D Hetzel Union Building University Park, PA 16802) so that your donation will arrive at the THON Office! Thank you for helping us Fuel the Fight!

Send It Forward

With THON 2023 less than 100 days away, it is important we continue to spread awareness. By participating in the Send it Forward alumni campaign, we can effectively continue the fight against childhood. Click the link below to send it forward to friends and family by requesting pre-made mail solicitations. By reaching out to family and friends, YOU are able to inspire others to join the fight against childhood cancer.

THON Professional Sports

We have 5 THON Professional sports events coming up in the next few weeks! A portion of the ticket sales for all of them will benefit THON when purchased through the links below. The THON Washington Commanders game is December 18th at 7pm at FedEx Field against the New York Giants. The THON Flyers game is December 20th at 7pm at the Wells Fargo Center against the Columbus Blue Jackets. The THON Pittsburgh Penguins game is Wednesday, December 28th, at 7pm at PPG Paints Arena against the Detroit Red Wings. We also have the THON New Jersey Devils game taking place on Friday, December 23rd, at 7pm against the Boston Bruins at the Prudential Center. Lastly, the THON Philadelphia 76ers game is set for Monday, January 2nd, against the New Orleans Pelicans at the Wells Fargo Center at 7pm.

Supply The Fight

The Supply the Fight initiative is a collection drive for supplies that are crucial to THON’s success but are often hard to obtain. Students, alumni, and the THON community are encouraged to donate items found on the THON 2022 Supply the Fight Amazon registry ( You can purchase directly from the registry or bring the items to the THON Office (227D HUB). Donations are assigned a point value and can be credited to any alumni. For alumni, every 50 points obtained from donations is one drawing into a lottery to win vintage THON merchandise! Your donations help reduce internal costs to ensure that 96 cents of every dollar fundraised directly benefits the families and THON’s mission. For more information contact

THON Is Home

February 17 -19, 2023, THON returns to the Bryce Jordan Center!

Stay Connected!

The best way to stay updated with THON throughout the year is by following our social media accounts linked below.

Join our Penn State Alumni Benefitting THON Facebook Group!

THON’s Mission

THON is a student-run philanthropy committed to enhancing the lives of children and families impacted by childhood cancer. Our mission is to provide emotional and financial support, spread awareness, and ensure funding for critical research – all in pursuit of a cure.


If you have any questions about the contents of this newsletter, please contact the Alumni Communications Coordinator, Bobby McLuckey, at

Additionally, the THON Alumni Engagement Director, Anna Yankanich, is available to answer any questions or concerns. She can be reached at