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– The Penn State DuBois THON Dancers, Evan Aravich and Jessica Metzger, were
sent off to the world's largest student-run philanthropy event in style
Thursday night, with the THON Dancer Sendoff in the student union. The event included a hair auction, which
raised $1,680 for the cause. In all, the
Penn State DuBois THON Committee raised $15,643 to contribute to the university-wide
total this year, surpassing its $15,000 goal.
and Metzger will represent the campus at THON, the 46 hour dance marathon at
the Bryce Jordan Center at University Park. They'll attempt to dance and stay on their feet the entire time from
February 21, through February 23, along with more than 700 students from all
Penn State locations. THON raised a
record $12,374,034 last year. All
proceeds directly benefit the Four Diamonds Fund, an organization dedicated to
battling childhood cancer. Students
from across all of Penn State work in numerous ways to raise money for the
cause, holding the dance marathon at the end of a long fundraising season.
THON Dancer Sendoff featured a dinner, remarks by former THON dancers, and
recognition of the campus' THON family, the Setlocks, of DuBois. One of the Setlock children, Joey, battled
childhood cancer and beat it in years past. The family was supported by the
efforts of THON and the Four Diamonds Fund throughout their battle, and the
DuBois THON committee was their sponsor and support network.
is coming home," said mother Kathy Setlock. "It was a nightmare, but DuBois was
there for us. You were always
highlight of the evening was the hair auction, during which three volunteers
went under the clippers for the cause. Those in the audience placed bids in order to raise enough money for the
volunteers to get their hair cut. Each
volunteer set a minimum amount that had to be reached in order for them to lose
their locks, but all amounts were surpassed.
year old Adell Doty, the daughter of Assistant Director of Student Affairs
Marly Doty, captured the hearts of the THON faithful by having 10 inches of her
hair cut off. Not only did she raise
money for THON, but she's also donating her hair to Locks of Love, an
organization that makes wigs for cancer patients from real human hair. Adell said, "I
did it for love, and so kids with cancer can have hair."
Penn State DuBois student Chrissy Lockwood
also volunteered, but it wasn't her first time around. In 2011 Lockwood went all the way for the
THON Hair Auction and shaved her head. At
that time she had hair past her shoulders, which she also donated to Locks of
donate my hair because I am not financially capable of giving the amount of
money that I can raise by donating my hair," Lockwood said. "I am fortunate to have hair. I don't
have cancer, I haven't lost my hair to chemotherapy. This is the least I can do. It makes me feel
good, but more importantly, I just feel like I should because I can."
special guest who volunteered for a haircut was Steve Bearfield. Bearfield helped to start the tradition of
the hair auction when he was a student on campus in the spring of 2001.
spent 4 years at Penn State DuBois, and during that time, I learned many
things. In my opinion, the most important lesson I learned was one of service to
community. Service takes many forms from helping build a house for a family in
financial need, to buying a hoagie for a child's soccer team, and even allowing
a group of students to auction off someone's hair to raise money for children suffering
the horror of cancer," Bearfield said. "THON affected me in a deeply personal manner when I was a student
at DuBois, and it is probably the one aspect of being a Penn State Alumni that
time and distance will never diminish in meaning. I marvel and applaud how the
campus and students have rallied around the mission of THON and brought it into
the greater DuBois community."
and Aravich left the sendoff event and immediately set course for Happy Valley,
energized by the experiences they just had, and by the anticipation of those to
said, "The dancer sendoff was inspiring, and it really set the mood that
we are dancing for THON."
agreed, saying, "It was a really great recognition not only for us as
dancers but for the amount of hard work our committee at DuBois has done all
year. It was so nice to sit with my family, enjoy a dinner, and just know that
for 46 hours we will have the support of everyone who attended the sendoff as
we stand 46 hours to bring pediatric cancer to its knees. I cannot wait for our
committee members to take the stands in the Bryce Jordan Center, there are no
words to explain the atmosphere at THON and all of their hard work will show
during this weekend."
2014 will conclude at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 23.
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Left: Six Year Old Adell Doty volunteered to have
her hair cut by stylist Brenda McGarvey for the THON Hair Auction. Doty also plans to donate the 10 inches of
her hair that was cut to Locks of Love, to be made into wig for a cancer
Right: The Penn State DuBois THON Dancers, Evan Aravich
and Jessica Metzger