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Annual THON Hair Auction Will Put Three Under the Shears

2/10/2011 —

DuBois – The annual THON Hair Auction will leave three members of the Penn State DuBois community with a little less on top.  Students Chrissy Lockwood and Doug May, along with campus engineering technician Brian Tokarcik, have volunteered to have their hair cut in support of THON this year.


Each year, the Penn State DuBois THON Committee organizes the hair auction to raise money for the Penn State Dance Marathon, which benefits children battling cancer.  Those who attend the auction can place bids for the opportunity to cut the hair of the volunteer of their choice.  Those bids typically result in the collection of several hundred dollars to benefit THON.


Friends and family of the haircut volunteers and all members of the public may attend.  This year's THON Hair Auction is planned for 12:00, noon on Wednesday, February 16, in the student union. 


THON began in 1973, when dancers raised just over $2,000.  Today, it is the largest student-run philanthropy effort in the nation. In 2010, the event raised nearly $8 million for The Four Diamonds Fund, which supports childhood cancer research.  THON 2011 is planned for February 18 through the 20 at the Bryce Jordan Center, at University Park, where dancers will attempt to stay on their feet for 46 hours. 
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