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THON is quickly approaching on February 17th. Beta Sigma Beta is one of THON's biggest supporters, last year raising over $67,500. THON truly exemplifies what Beta Sigma Beta and Penn State stand for, and we hope to raise even more money For The Kids this year. Unfortunately, due to the recent events here at Penn State and inclement whether conditions, some of our largest fundraisers have been canceled. After the unfortunate event of Joe Paterno's passing, many supporters began to donate flowers and gifts. Instead, the Paterno family asked in lieu of gifts, to donate money to THON or the Special Olympics of Pennsylvania. Joe Paterno, an icon of Penn State, did not desire anything but to ensure the happiness and well-being of everyone else. This would be a great honor for our Penn State community to come together and achieve great heights in this fundraiser.

Dear Brothers of the Beta Sigma Beta,

In 1973, a handful of Penn State Greeks paid $10 each to dance for 24 hours, without rest, in support of a cause called The Four Diamonds Fund, which raises money for pediatric cancer. They started what is known today as the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, or more commonly as THON. This event now lasts 46 hours, boasts over 700 dancers, 15,000 student volunteers, raised over $9.5 million last year alone, and has become the largest student-run philanthropy in the world. THON is an unbelievable event that helps families focus on the well being of their children rather than on the financial hardship that accompanies this terrible disease, and has also raised millions for cancer research.

Beta Sigma Beta is one of THON's biggest supporters, last year raising over $67,500. THON truly exemplifies what Beta Sigma Beta and Penn State stand for, and we hope to raise even more money For The Kids this year. Unfortunately, due to the recent events here at Penn State and inclement whether conditions, some of our largest fundraisers have been canceled. After the unfortunate event of Joe Paterno's passing, many supporters began to donate flowers and gifts. Instead, the Paterno family asked in lieu of gifts, to donate money to THON or the Special Olympics of Pennsylvania. Joe Paterno, an icon of Penn State, did not desire anything but to ensure the happiness and well-being of everyone else. This would be a great honor for our Penn State community to come together and achieve great heights in this fundraiser. It pains me to see THON, which means so much to our Penn State community, our brotherhood, and the families it benefits suffer because of completely unrelated and uncontrollable events. Especially now, after all our university has gone through this year, I urge you to help us with the fight against pediatric cancer so that we can continue to show the world what a great brotherhood and university we are a part of, that WE STILL ARE PENN STATE, and most importantly so that we can continue to help the Four Diamonds Fund save the lives of children suffering with cancer. THON would be unable to have the enormous impact it does today without the help of such generous alumni. If you wish to help us with our cause, please go to thon.org and click on the yellow "Donate Now" tab found on the right side of the screen. Be sure to select "Organization" at the bottom of the first page and then select "Beta Sigma Beta" as your donation beneficiary. Your time and consideration are greatly appreciated.

As a fraternity we annually focus a majority of our efforts on our very own "Cure Autism Now" Philanthropy event that takes place in April. This incredible cause contributes to the research and advancements of the Autsim Speaks organization. Please realized that we are and remain committed to CAN however the ability to maintain a strong presence in THON is another ongoing goal of ours. We hope that you can consider contributing to both causes this year as we move forward in defending the true philanthropic nature of our University.

Thanks.

Jeff Bloom, '12
THON Chair