Supply Logistics

Baily Hakala

Supply Logistics Director

Year: Senior
Hometown: Annapolis, MD
Major: Applied & Industrial Mathematics
Minors: Statistics

Previous THON Involvement

THON 2017: Rules & Regulations Committee Member
THON 2018: Dancer Relations Committee Member
THON 2019: Supply Logistics Captain (Paper & Office Supplies Donor Contact/Community Outreach); Independent Dancer Couple

Why did you want to be a Director?

THON is unlike anything of its kind: it is where I have found my home at Penn State. I wanted to be a Director to give this sense of home to other people, like those before have done for me. We give these families a place of hope, love, and compassion. That is what sets THON apart, and what has continued to inspire me to give back year after year. I want to give everything in my power to expand and strengthen the impact that we have on the families, and to continue our fight against childhood cancer.

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

As the Supply Logistics Director, I am responsible for overseeing all of THON's in-kind (non-monetary) donations and working with about 20 incredible donors! Our donors range from local companies like ProCopy and Rapid Transit, to nationwide companies like Dell and Nike. All of our in-kind donors help THON decrease internal spending by over $100,000 each year! I am also responsible for all of THON's printing needs throughout the year for things like the Corporate Packet and the THON 2020 Logo Banner. I also lead a committee of 20 dedicated captains who work throughout the year to acquire in-kind donations and manage/distribute supplies from our inventory.

What is your favorite THON memory?

Dancing in THON 2019 was magical in its own way, but experiencing the Final Four while dancing is something that is purely inexplicable. Having been awake and standing for so long, as you start to become aware of your fatigue. The Final Four is particularly powerful during this time; it really puts it all into perspective. It comes with the realization that the pain I was feeling was absolutely nothing close to what the kids and the families endure both physically and emotionally. Standing there, being reminded that what I was doing was entirely for them made all of the fatigue seem so small compared to what we all do. It was one of the most incredible feelings I have ever experienced.

Favorite Quote

“Keep your face always towards the sunshine -- and shadows will fall behind you” -- Walt Whitman

What is your other involvement outside of THON?

Sometimes I go to Math Club. But otherwise that's it! 🙂

What are your plans after college graduation?

I am hoping to start working while still continuing my education. I would really love to pursue a Master’s Degree in some sort of mathematics, but right now, I have no hard set plans for after I graduate.