|The WIHC hopes to be represented on the floor at THON this year|
When Penn State's Dance Marathon, the world's largest student-run philanthropic endeavor, opens on February 17th, there's a chance that the Women's Ice Hockey Club will be represented among its approximately 700 dancers.
The team has raised over $3000 through its THON fundraising efforts this year affording it an entry into a lottery used to choose the dancers. With over 1000 student organizations at Penn State and a limited amount of space on the floor of the event venue, PSU's Bryce Jordan Center, a lottery with a fundraising threshold is necessary to ensure fairness in sifting through the overflowing participation demand.
Kelly Watson, Liz Tuorinsky and Sophie Paolizzi have spearheaded the team's fundraising efforts, and there hasn't been much mystery surrounding the key to their success: pure volume.
Behind the THON leadership group, the team has utilized just about every tool available, from the traditional like canning and THONvelopes, to techniques proven elsewhere but new in this application like a Yankee Candle fundraiser and the most extensive line of team THON clothing ever offered, to just plain, old asking nicely (related to that last method, please consider making a donation to THON using this link).
Good fortune and timing have also played important roles. Typically, the team is unable to fully participate in THON-weekend activities due to it overlapping with the ECWHL playoffs. However this season, the playoffs are scheduled for February 24th through 26th, one week after THON. All of those factors have added up to what, by all accounts, in an organizational fundraising record.
Paolizzi and Watson will be the WIHC dancers, should the team's lottery ticket prove a winner. The chances of that outcome increase with every additional $600 raised in the team's name so, once again, any and all donations are sincerely appreciated.
The results of the lottery will be announced on January 28th. But, regardless of the outcome, the above-and-beyond efforts of the 2016-17 membership in fighting pediatric cancer will be a benchmark for a long time to come.
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