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THON Dancers Announced

Mitchell Carson
2024 THON Dancers Ethan Cordova, Maggie Scicchitano, Chelsy Sippora Funebe and Clara Baker

Penn State Harrisburg’s THON organization held its gala, where they announced the dancers for the THON marathon that will take place in February. The gala is an event that celebrates the work the students have been doing while raising funds for THON. At the event the committee, along with students, come in to have food and dance.  All the money raised goes toward the Penn State THON Dance Marathon.

The dancers chosen will be representing Penn State Harrisburg during THON weekend. The dancers chosen for the 2024  marathon are Ethan Cordova, Maggie Scicchitano, Chelsy-Sippora Funebe and Clara Baker. The dancers are excited to represent Penn State Harrisburg in the marathon. 

Seeing how THON worked inspired Ethan Cordova to become a dancer for the event.

“Seeing how big it was, was life changing for me. I didn’t know how big the organization was until I went there,” Cordova explained. 

“Seeing everyone working together, and seeing everyone working together smiling and celebrating was inspiring,” he added. 

Maggie Scicchianto is honored to be chosen as one of the dancers for THON. 

“THON has become a big part of who I am on campus here. I’ve been surrounded by THON my entire life, growing up in a Penn State family. It’s just really an honor to be part of something that I have known about for so long and that I feel great to be in the community,” Scicchianto stated. 

Chelsy Sippora Funebe was inspired by the impact THON has on the students and Penn State families. 

“I saw a big impact THON has on their families and the Four Diamonds. This year I really put effort into enforcing myself and I’m so honored to get this chance to dance,” Funebe said. 

Clara Baker serves as Morale Captain for the organization at Penn State Harrisburg and is honored to dance.  

“It’s an honor. This cause is something that is super close to my heart and I just know it’s going to be life changing and I’m super excited to get to know my fellow dancers,” Baker stated. 

The dancers will be dancing for a total of 46 hours during THON weekend. Them along with other dancers from all the surrounding Penn State campuses will be on their all through that weekend beginning Friday February 16 at 6:00pm until Sunday February 18 at 4:00pm. 

The dancers, along with dancers from all the other Penn State campuses, will be on their feet all throughout that weekend from Friday, February 16, at 6 pm to Sunday, February 18, at 4 pm. 

Penn State Harrisburg’s THON President Mackenzie Marker was excited for the dancers selected and is happy to be part of the THON organization. 

“It’s not just about THON weekend, it is certainly about the community. We feel it’s about the friendships that we make and it’s about the money we raise for the kids. I’m very excited to support our four dancers,” Marker described. 

PSH co-advisor Holly Maitland McKenna enjoys being part of the annual event. 

“It is a fantastic event which is held at the end of the fall semester to celebrate all of the hard work our students have done so far in raising funds for the Penn State Dance Marathon, “McKenna explained. 

“The other highlight of the evening is announcing the dancers representing Penn State Harrisburg on THON weekend,” she continued.

2023-2024 PSH THON Committee (Mitchell Carson)
THON Dancers dance the night away at the Gala (Mitchell Carson) 

The gala event raised a total of 767 dollars, and as always, It’s For The Kids!!!



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