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Latest THON Fundraiser Aims to ‘Smash Cancer’

Bradley M. Webb, assistant dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies, gives it everything he's got – while colleague Stacey C. Hampton makes sure not to miss one second of the fun.
Bradley M. Webb, assistant dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies, gives it everything he’s got – while colleague Stacey C. Hampton makes sure not to miss one second of the fun.
Joining a group photo on behalf of Penn College Benefiting THON are Butler (holding sledgehammer) and counselor Jacklyn R. Leitzel, club adviser (second from right).
Joining a group photo on behalf of Penn College Benefiting THON are Butler (holding sledgehammer) and counselor Jacklyn R. Leitzel, club adviser (second from right).
Supportive Sigma Pi fraternity brothers watch as a sledgehammer-wielding donor takes a healthy cut in the name of charitable destruction.
Supportive Sigma Pi fraternity brothers watch as a sledgehammer-wielding donor takes a healthy cut in the name of charitable destruction.
With safety precautions in place – a tarp, protective goggles, removal of glass and fluids – a participant adds his mighty two cents (and then some).
With safety precautions in place – a tarp, protective goggles, removal of glass and fluids – a participant adds his mighty two cents (and then some).

A “car smash,” a traditionally entertaining (and stress-relieving) campus fundraiser since the Fall 1970 semester at Williamsport Area Community College, was updated this month to benefit the fight against pediatric cancer. Penn College Benefiting THON, a student organization allied with the annual February dance marathon at Penn State, raised $120 from people taking a swing or two at a donated vehicle. All proceeds benefit the Four Diamonds Fund at the Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital, providing a variety of financial assistance for families and children going through cancer treatments. “Most importantly, the funding goes toward research happening every day to try and find a cure,” said organizer Rylee A. Butler, an engineering design technology student from Bellefonte. “We would also like to say, ‘Thank you so much’ to everyone who supported this great cause and a special thanks to the Sigma Pi brothers for helping make the fundraiser a success.”
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

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