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25) THON Silent Auction

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On Wednesday, January 23, THON (the students of the Penn State Dance Marathon) held their very successful annual silent auction. Over $3,000 in funds raised from the auction will go towards pediatric cancer research at the Hershey Medical Center and to help families with children battling cancer.

Faculty, staff, students, and a few family members accepted the challenge to sew 40 heart-shaped huggy pillows in 4 hours for the cardiac recovery unit at Chester County Hospital. Lots of love was in the air on campus, because we exceeded our goal by creating 94 pillows in 4 hours! Each pillow contains a personal message from PSU. Thanks and congrats to all for making a difference in the lives of 94 patients at CCHOSP!

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Penn State Brandywine students volunteered at Charles Papa Playground in West Philadelphia. The college students were to help rebuild a toddler's play area recently vandalized, but with the chilly weather, they focused their efforts on painting interior multi-purpose rooms. Thank you Dava Murray, from Student Life, for leading this effort!

Penn State Brandywine will displayed eight 12-foot-by-12-foot panels from the AIDS Memorial Quilt in the campus gymnasium in the Commons/Athletic Center December 13-15. Founded in 1987, The AIDS Memorial Quilt is a poignant memorial and the largest ongoing community arts project in the world. Virtually all of the more-than-40,000 colorful panels that make up the quilt memorialize the life of a person lost to AIDS. Penn State Brandywine also welcomed guest speaker Robb Reichard to campus on Dec. 13. Reichard, executive director of the AIDS Fund, the largest private funder of AIDS services in the Delaware Valley, has worked for more than 20 years on behalf of the HIV/AIDS community in Philadelphia.

21) Holiday Giving Tree

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The neediest children served by Northwestern Human Services (NHS) were selected to receive gifts by Erin Youngman, an Intensive Case Manager with NHS. (Erin is the wife of Dr. Tim Lawler, campus physics professor). The campus bookstore put up a tree with ornaments that had a child's name and wish list. Members of the campus community chose an ornament and purchased the requested gift to be given to the child during the holiday season.

Special thanks on this ornament and giving tree project go to Erin Youngman, Renee Lutz, Kathy Meehan, Pat Meehan, Tim Lawler, Danielle Lites, Anne Lajoie and Mr. Rob Tyson’s 5th grade special education class.