Hannah Denk

Finance Director

Year: 5th Year Integrated Masters
Hometown: Harrisburg, PA
Major: Masters in Accounting and Finance

Previous THON Involvement

THON 2016: Rules & Regulation Committee Member
THON 2017: Finance Committee Member
THON 2018: Penn State Cheerleading THON Fundraising Chair
THON 2018: Finance Captain, Gift Entry
THON 2019: Finance Captain, Assistant Treasurer

Why did you want to be a Director?

My parents raised me to live my life trying to make a difference in the world. Every moment and interaction that I've had within THON has allowed me to do that. I have never felt more proud, humbled, and excited to be a part of something in my entire life. THON is unique in that it’s a philanthropy with a mission to provide emotional and financial support to families impacted by childhood cancer but at the same time, provides so much in return to its volunteers. It has shaped my life by allowing me to evolve as a leader and reminding me of what’s important in life. Through THON, I’ve been able to make a tangible impact on our families’ lives and have seen firsthand how we as a THON community have the potential to make the world a better place. This is what drives me to want to help shape the future of THON, so that no family ever has to hear the words, “your child has cancer.”

What are your main duties as the Finance Director for THON 2019?

As the Finance Director I am in charge of creating and maintaining the THON 2020 budget as well as producing the Summary of Fundraising Activities for THON 2019. I also work to assure that all monetary donations are processed with integrity by the 23 captains and 75 committee members.

What is your favorite THON memory?

This past THON, I stood arm and arm with my co-captains watching the recap video on the jumbotron in the BJC. I had been reflecting on what this past year meant and how our efforts as Finance Captains impacted THON. While I was caught in my thoughts, I tuned back in to the video as Charles Millard began to speak. He said, "You're doing that. You're making his wish come true." As he referred to his son Christopher's dream to make people well, it hit me that my time spent as a Finance Captain allowed me to be a part of the amazing community that made Christopher's dream become a reality, and for that I am forever proud to be a part of this organization.

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

I was a member of the Penn State Cheerleading team since my freshman year. I got the opportunity to meet our THON child at my first THON and bring him on stage during our performance at pep rally (so fun!) I also had the opportunity to serve as our Fundraising Chair and set up cheerleading clinics that raised money for THON. These fundraisers allowed us to raise our highest total to date and resulted in the team gaining another dancer for THON! We were so proud!

Favorite Quote

"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." -Eleanor Roosevelt

Plans for after college graduation

I plan to take all four CPA exams and start working full time with KPMG’s tax practice in Philly. I plan to continue supporting THON through efforts as an alumnus and always be a resource to the THON community.