Donor and Alumni Relations  Development

Katie Solomon

Development Director

Year: Junior
Hometown: Harleysville, PA
Majors: Criminology & Sociology
Smeal Business Fundamentals Certificate

Previous THON Involvement

THON 2017: Dancer Relations Committee Member
THON 2018: Development Liaison Captain
THON 2019: Development Director

Why did you want to be a Director?

I will never in my life forget how I felt while watching the recap video on stage, arm-in-arm with the other THON 2019 Directors -- I couldn’t stop smiling (or crying) while reflecting on the most amazing year. However, as soon as THON Weekend was over, I knew that this fight was not. Since I was not graduating, I decided to re-apply for the Executive Committee to be able to continue to do everything I can to support children & families impacted by childhood cancer. As a second-year Director, I have the most amazing and unique opportunity to resume unfinished work and support others through their own projects and ideas. Being a Director is and will always be the least I can do to give back to an organization that has given so many, including myself, the world.

What are your main duties as the Development Director for THON 2020?

As the Director of Development, I am primarily responsible for fostering relationships with THON’s growing donor base and empowering all volunteers to take action in the fight. The Development Committee oversees the distribution of THONvelopes and Corporate Packets, implements event sponsorship, serves as a resource to all student organizations and manages THON Nation, THON Weekend tours, and donor stewarding & benefitting. As part of the Development and Alumni Relations Committee, we work closely with Alumni Engagement on collaborative efforts to connect with supporters across the country.

What is your favorite THON memory?

While it is really hard to pick, one of my favorite THON memories is getting to attend Harvest Day last fall. I had the opportunity to meet so many families, learn their stories, and get to see the magic of THON in action. Coming from a committee that focuses primarily on fundraising, this was an experience I did not have before and am forever thankful for that beautiful September day.

Are you involved in any orgs? If yes, please explain more about some of your experiences.

Although I am not able to be active anymore, I am at heart a Springfielder. During my freshman year, I went on their Fundraising Outreach & Canning Weekends, camped out at Nittanyville, welcomed a new family to the organization, and was even a Dancer Relations Committee Member for one of Springfield's DAR Chairs. Other members demonstrated to me what it was like to show a selfless, passionate love for something in a way I had not seen before. I was introduced to some of the most incredible people and families that I will ever know, and I am extremely thankful for all of the experiences I had with Springfield.

Favorite Quote

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." - Eleanor Roosevelt

Favorite THON Quote

"When they say We Are Penn State, this is what they are talking about. I wish everyone could see and feel the love that is in this room." - Joe Paterno

Other involvement outside of THON

Camp Kesem Central Pennsylvania

Plans for after college graduation

Law School