Entertainment

Darren Stauffer

Entertainment Director

Year: 5th Year
Hometown: Northampton, PA
Major: Telecommunications

Previous THON Involvement

THON 2017: Dancer Relations Committee Member
THON 2018: Entertainment Pep Rally Coordinator
THON 2019: Entertainment DJ Coordinator

Why did you want to be a Director?

The reason why I wanted to be a THON director goes back to the reasons I wanted to be involved in THON in the first place. Cancer has touched me in many ways, I've lost close relatives to the disease and I have a couple currently fighting. It's a disease that I have a deep-seeded hate for, and that has driven me year in and year out to want to take the next steps and become involved at higher levels within THON. Each and every year I felt like I always had more to give once THON Weekend came and went. Each and every year I also had more and more involvement with the Four Diamonds families, which put even more faces and experiences behind why I THON. This past year I finally felt like I had the right amount of experience to match that drive and passion, which is what led me to apply to be on the THON Executive Committee. The prospect of being in a position where I could empower others and help them realize their goals and visions for THON and for the families was something I couldn’t pass up. I hope to take all of my experiences to help shape the next generation of THON volunteers and spread our mission on the road to ensuring that one day we will dance in celebration.

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

My main responsibility as the Entertainment Director is leading the Entertainment Committee to embrace their roles and take them to new heights as well as support the rest of THON and the Executive Committee in any way I possibly can. The Entertainment Committee has a unique opportunity to impact over 50 pre-THON events and THON Weekend through unique live performances and audio/visual entertainment. We work to support the rest of the THON community in helping to execute their visions for events and to motivate THON volunteers and supporters throughout the year. Entertainment Captains and Committee Members perform a variety of tasks including DJing events, creating the THON Weekend timeline, contracting bands and various entertainment acts, executing large scale crowd engagements, setting up and tearing down the stage, moving lighting and sound equipment, controlling in house cameras and visual displays, and planning Pep Rally. My role is to ensure we are all working together to combine the abilities of entertainment with the goals and visions of as many THON volunteers as possible to foster new ideas, creating a more effective and exciting entertainment experience For the Kids!

Favorite Quote

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

Other Involvement Outside of THON

Camp Kesem