Public Relations

Maddy Hughes

Public Relations Director

Year: 5th Year
Hometown: Stroudsburg, PA
Majors: Comparative Literature & Global International Studies
Minor: Spanish

Previous THON Involvement

THON 2015 & 2016: Dancer Relations Committee Member
THON 2017: Public Relations Captain - Media Relations Team
THON 2018: Public Relations Captain - Media Relations Lead

Why did you want to be a Director?

THON has a unique way of creating a sort of magic, one which illuminates light during times of adversity. I wanted to become a director to share this light with all those facing cancer, to tell the stories of our families and volunteers, and to be a part of creating the magic that grows each year. Having the opportunity to stand alongside such a passionate community has given me purpose during my time at Penn State, and I am excited to have the opportunity to finish my time here by devoting myself to such a special cause.

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

As the Public Relations Director, I lead a team of 24 captains with a wide range of talents and responsibilities while overseeing the efforts of more than 80 committee members. The Public Relations committee is tasked with being the voice of THON - through the stories we write, photograph, and film and the work we do to spread THON’s mission. Our efforts are aimed at taking our fight beyond State College to inspire the public to join us in our fight against childhood cancer.

What is your favorite THON memory?

During my final year of high school, I attended my first THON and watched as families performed in the talent show. Children dream of having the chance to be a rockstar, having thousands singing along with them - and at THON the students were bringing dreams to life. I knew then, the opportunity to come to Penn State and be a part of this community was one that I simply could not pass up.

Since my first time at THON, I have been filled with memories of joy that can only come from a community like ours. From supporting some of my closest friends as they stood for 46 hours, to seeing the joy we bring to our families, I have been filled with memories that make my time as a volunteer something I cherish so deeply.

Favorite Quote

“Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.” - Francis Pharcellus Church