Warwick grad energizes THON
The Penn State dance marathon -- THON -- is the largest student-run philanthropic endeavor in the world. Joey Cassidy is one of the student volunteers who helps run it.
Cassidy, a Penn State senior and 2009 Warwick grad, is the overall entertainment chairman for the 2013 edition of THON.
THON is a year-long effort to raise funds and awareness about pediatric cancer. It culminates with a 46-hour no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon at Penn State's Bryce Jordan Center (Feb. 15-17 this year).
As the entertainment go-to person, Cassidy, along with a crew of student volunteers, books bands and performance groups that serve to energize dance marathon participants.
Cassidy and company also put their stage, sound and screen expertise to work at several smaller fundraising events over the course of 10 months.
Since 1977, THON has raised more than $89 million for the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital.
For his part in helping to make THON a success, Joey Cassidy is this week's Lancaster New Era Red Rose Award recipient.
The New Era Rose is presented each week to Lancastrians who accomplish something exceptional on the job, in school or in volunteer activities, or who in other ways represent the best achievements of this community. Nominations may be made by writing to the Editorial Page of the New Era, P.O. Box 1328, Lancaster, Pa. 17608.