Spooktacular events benefiting THON announced

LEHMAN, Pa. — Join Penn State Wilkes-Barre the weekend before Halloween as they host two spooktacular events benefiting THON.

The Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, known as THON, is the largest student-run philanthropy in the world. THON, a yearlong effort to raise funds and awareness for the fight against pediatric cancer, has raised more than $147 million for Four Diamonds at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital since 1977. THON 2018 will take place from Feb. 16 to 18, 2018, at Penn State's Bryce Jordan Center on Penn State's University Park campus.

In anticipation of THON 2018, Penn State Wilkes-Barre students are inviting the local community to celebrate both THON and the Halloween spirit. The fourth annual Zombie 5K will begin at 10 a.m. on the Penn State Wilkes-Barre Campus with registration beginning at 9 a.m.

“With so many campus and community members participating in walking and running for exercise, we thought this Zombie 5K would be a great event to bring both campus and community members together for a good cause,” explains Student Activities Coordinator Jackie Warnick-Piatt. “This is the fourth year for this event, which is meant to be both fun and scary! All proceeds go to support The Four Diamonds at the Hershey Medical Center, supporting Pediatric Cancer Research.”

Participants will have the choice to pre-register at a fee of $25 (includes free t-shirt), or register the day of the event for $25, with Zombie 5K t-shirts available at an additional $10 fee. All will be followed throughout the course by “The Running Dead.” The course is both runner- and walker-friendly and does not have a time restriction.

Please note: Participants under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for the entire duration of the Zombie 5K. For more information and to register, visit wb.psu.edu/zombie5K (all characters must be typed and are case sensitive).

For those interested in receiving a scare at the historical Hayfield House, Penn State Wilkes-Barre students invite the community to join them for Haunted Hayfield. This event will be 7-11 p.m. on two nights only, Friday and Saturday, Oct 27-28. Cost is $10 per person. Enter at Student Commons. This is a guided event, and is age-appropriate.