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The Hope Express: Letters of Hope Support Hope Express Runners with inspiring letters, cards, art and emails as they run 135 (Hope & Conquer teams) and 140 (Extreme Team) miles through the cold, snowy mountains of Central PA to deliver letters from the children at Hershey Medical Center to THON dancers.

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The Hope Express: Letters of Hope

 

Support Hope Express Runners with inspiring letters, cards, art and emails as they run 135 (Hope & Conquer teams) and 140 (Extreme Team) miles through the cold, snowy mountains of Central PA to deliver letters from the children at Hershey Medical Center to THON dancers.

 

Date: Today- February 14th

 Time: Ongoing

 Place: Mail (P.O. Box 22402, Philadelphia, PA 19110) and Email (service@pennstatephilly.org)

 Since the inception of The Hope Express Morale Team in 2011, board members Ami Patel, Christina Moresi, Taryn Correll and Liberty Ball Chair Darla Zecchin have worked closely with The Hope Express to raise money for the Four Diamonds Fund, support The Hope Express and morale runners as they relay run from the 7th floor of the Hershey Medical Center to the THON stage at the Bryce Jordan Center, carrying letters and art from the children at Hershey who were too sick to attend THON.

 Before The Hope Express leaves Hershey February 20, 2014, we need letters, cards, and art of support for the runners and/or The Hope Express’ Four Diamond children and families to lift their souls and sneakers throughout their 24-hour journey through the cold mountains of Central PA.

 Send mail to Hope Express: Letters of Hope c/o The Philadelphia Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association, P.O. Box 22402, Philadelphia, PA 19110. For more information on this ongoing event, contact Christina at service@pennstatephilly.org.

 

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Thanks to Mrs. Thomas and the teachers of St. Joseph Parish Religious Education Program, who sent art and cards, created by their children, to inspire our runners during our 2013 St. Valentine’s Day run. Those works of art and cards brought happiness and inspiration to all of us.    

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Click here to donate to The Hope Express.

(Moraler Names: Ami Patel Hopkins, Christina Moresi, Taryn Correll, or Darla Zecchin)

All process will go to the Four Diamonds Fund and the THON Total. 




Thank You Game Watchers & Partners!
           

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Community service is giving what you can, however you can, to support others. Sometimes it requires hard labor, such as cleaning a local park or sorting donated food, but sometimes it’s as easy as buying a beer at Mad River Bar & Grille or Field House during a Penn State Football Game Watch.

Thanks to the support of Mad River and Field House and the generous contributions of our Game Watchers, who bought raffle tickets, 50/50 chances, and drink specials, a record amount of money was donated to the Four Diamonds Fund through Liberty Ball, Philadelphia Chapter Scholarship Fund, SHARE Food Program, and Philadoptables.

We look forward to seeing everyone again next season, beginning with a special breakfast tailgate for the game in Ireland. Stay tuned for details!

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Monetary donations, comprised of raffle ticket sales, 50/50 drawings and $1 from the sale of all PSU drink specials were donated to 2014 Liberty Ball (THON), Chapter Scholarship Fund, and SHARE Food Program and Philadoptables during their respective games.

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At every game during the season, 10% of net drink sales were donated to 2014 Liberty Ball (THON), Chapter Scholarship Fund, and community service, totaling:

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Nov. 9 vs. Minnesota

         $1,324

        To Be Announced
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Sept. 14 vs. UCF

Oct. 5 vs.Indiana

Nov. 23 vs. Nebraska

        $1,114

 

 

       To Be Announced

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           $220

63lbs Food & Pet Food

If you have any comments on this season’s game watches or suggestions for next year, please email Activities Directors, Brian and Becky, at activities@pennstatephilly.org.


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The title “The Liberty Ball, A Knight For The Kids” was inspired by an icon of the Philadelphia community: the Liberty Bell. Our theme, “A Knight for the Kids,” was born from reflection of Chris Millard’s, remarkable story of Sir Millard’s quest for the four diamonds: courage, wisdom, honesty, and strength. The four diamonds represent the four elements necessary to battle cancer. It was this story that inspired the foundation of The Four Diamonds Fund. Read more about Chris’ story.

Click here to learn more about THON™.

Click here to learn more about the Four Diamonds Fund.

 


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Who we help through our Scholarship Fund:

Over 62% of the jobs in Philadelphia require some type of post-secondary education or technical training. There is an obvious need for post-secondary education to compete globally, but during a time of increasing tuition rates and higher demand for financial aid. The Chapter recognizes this challenging time and has committed to raising $50,000 over the next five years to support eager new Penn State students from the Philadelphia area!

Are you interested in supporting the Philadelphia Chapter’s Scholarship Fund? Please donate by clicking the button below!

If you have any questions please contact Ami Patel at scholarship@pennstatephilly.org.


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Who we help through our support of the SHARE Food Program:

“Located in northwest Philadelphia SHARE provides nutritious food to a network of 550 food cupboards and 250 host organizations each month. SHARE now serves as the lead agency in Philadelphia County for the State Food Purchase Program and The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), which utilize state and federal funding to provide food each month to food cupboards in Pennsylvania. SHARE also distributes below-retail ‘packages’ of food to host sites in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and metropolitan New York.”  (sharefoodprogram.org/about/)

 

Click here for more INFORMATION about SHARE and their programs.

Click here for more ways to GET INVOLVED in supporting SHARE and the individuals and families they serve.

Click here if you someone you know would benefit from SHARE’s PROGRAMS.


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Who we help through our support of Philadoptables:

“Of the 50 largest cities in the United States, the City of Philadelphia – which operates Philadelphia’s animal control shelter located at  111 W. Hunting Park Avenue- ranks at or very near the bottom in terms of the money budgeted “per animal” received into its municipal shelter. At the same time, Philadelphia residents surrender more animals per person to their city shelter than practically anywhere else in the United States… Enter Philadoptables, founded in January 2010, the first  independent organization whose sole purpose is to help to save the lives and support the welfare of the city’s shelter animals, right where they are, through promoting adoptions, through our support of shelter volunteering, fostering and other lifesaving programs and services, through fundraising for services not provided for by the city budget, through public oversight, and through educating people throughout the city and region about our vital cultural institution, and its precious residents!” (philadoptables.org)

 

Click here for more INFORMATION about Philadoptables and their programs.

Click here for more ways to GET INVOLVED in supporting Philadoptables and the animals they serve.

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Click here to ADOPT a new best friend!




Virtual HOPE Express- Team PhillyLOVE Run and have fun, walk and talk or volunteer and cheer to raise money and awareness for the Four Diamonds Fund and THE KIDS!

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Virtual HOPE Express- Team PhillyLOVE

Date: September 14, 2013

Time: 9:30 a.m. Registration, 10:00 a.m. Run

Place: Cosmic Café at Lloyd Hall, 1 Boathouse Row, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19130

Registration: Your entire $25 registration fee will be part of a larger donation to the Four Diamonds Fund, through The HOPE Express, which will be included in the 2014 THON Total.

 

Join Team PhillyLOVE with Scholarship Director, Ami Patel, Service Director, Christina Moresi, and moralers Kim Linden and María Fernanda Paredes Fernández on September 14, 2013 as runners/walkers from all across the country participate in the second annual Virtual Hope Express – For The Kids.

Everyone (alumni, friends, family, and fans) is welcome to join Team PhillyLOVE to run and have fun, walk and talk or volunteer and cheer as we, simultaneously with teams throughout the country, participate in the Virtual HOPE Express, to raise money and awareness for the Four Diamonds Fund and the kids.

 The Virtual HOPE Express is a Chapter supported event, part of the larger HOPE Express, a 135-mile run (ran by PSU and THON Alumni) created to bridge the gap between the families on the 7th floor at the Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, PA and the Dancers at THON, all benefiting the Four Diamonds Fund, Conquering Childhood Cancer.

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Not in Philly? Not a Runner? No Problem!

There are several ways to support the Virtual Hope Express without running or even being in Philly.

  1. For those not in Philly, you can still run “virtually” with Team PhillyLOVE or find a team near you.
  2. Volunteer to help with registration and other race-day needs.  Email Maria at m.f.paredes@gmail.com for more information.
  3. Make a donation in support of Team PhillyLOVE and THE KIDS!
  4. Spread the word! Sharing this event with friends, family and social networks  is the easiest and most effective way to help. Please pass this event along to all of your friends and ask them to do the same. Thank you!

 

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What is HOPE Express?


The Hope Express is a 135-mile run created to bridge the gap between the families on the 7th floor at the Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, PA and the Dancers at the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (aka THON), a year round fundraising event benefiting The Four Diamonds Fund, Conquering Childhood Cancer.

 

Why Mid September?

The Hope express now entering its 8th year wanted to have a date that signified the significance of what our charity is all about. The founders, Connie and Hank Angus felt that mid September was the perfect time because it was on Sept 15th ,2004 that their son Gabriel was diagnosed with leukemia. To date the Hope Express has raised more than $240,000 for the Four Diamonds Fund in Hershey, Pa.

 

For The Kids… For The Run… For A Cure…

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2012 Virtual Hope Express Team Philadelphia

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Moralers Ami, Meghan, Taryn, Christina and Kaitlin, somewhere between Hershey and State College during the Valentine’s Day 2013 HOPE Express.




The Hope Express: Letters of Hope
           

Support HE Runners with inspiring letters, cards, art and emails as they run 135 miles (Hope Team) and 140 miles (Extreme Team) through the cold, snowy mountains of Central PA to deliver letters from the children on the 7th Floor of the Hershey Medical Center to the dances at THON dancers.

Date: Today through February 14th

Time: Ongoing

Place: Mail and Email

Since the inception of The Hope Express Morale Team in 2011, board members Ami Patel, Christina Moresi, and Taryn Correll have worked closely with The Hope Express to raise money for the Four Diamonds Fund. Through their involvement with The Hope Express Morale Team, they have provided support and encouragement for the runners and Four Diamonds family members who relay run from the 7th floor of the Hershey Medical Center to the THON stage at the Bryce Jordan Center. These runners spread awareness of the Four Diamonds Fund during their 135 miles adventure (or 140 mile for the Extreme Team) before completing their journey by delivering the special messages they carry with them as they run through the mountains of Central PA. These messages of love, hope and appreciation are made for the dancers by the children at Hershey who are too sick to attend THON Weekend.

Before The Hope Express leaves Hershey February 14, 2013, we welcome donations to support a runner or moraler of your choice or The Hope Express as a whole (all donations go to The Four Diamonds Fund and the THON total) as well as letters, cards, and art of support for the runners and/or The Hope Express’ Four Diamond children and families. Send mail to Hope Express: Letters of Hope c/o The Philadelphia Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association, P.O. Box 22402 – Philadelphia, PA 19110 by February 8th to ensure arrival by February 14th. For more information on this ongoing event, contact our Community Service Director, Christina, at service@pennstatephilly.org.

The Hope Express

Date: February 14, 2013 (Hope Runs Again)
Time: 7 p.m. -7 p.m.
Place: HMC’s 7th Floor to the Bryce Jordan Center
Miles: 135 (Hope Team) 140 (Extreme Team)

For more information about The Hope Express, visit www.thehopeexpress.org

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Start Line at the Hershey Medical Center

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The Run…

135 Miles in 24 Hours FTK

The Final Mile to the BJC

 

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Why We Dance: THON Documentary Screening
           

Why We Dance: The Story of THON is a documentary project that chronicles the student-run philanthropy, THON, and the children, families, and students who are changed by their experience.

To many people, THON is a weekend-long event with 46 straight hours of dancing. What they may not see is an entire year spent raising awareness and money to conquer childhood cancer. Why We Dance: The Story of THON will introduce you to the inspirational children battling cancer and the Penn State students who participate in THON, dedicating themselves to making a difference for others.

 Join us for a pre-screening!

When: Monday, September 24th at 7:00PM

Please join us for a reception from 7pm – 7:30pm,
Screening from 7:30pm – 8:30pm,
Discussion/Q&A from 8:30pm – 9pm

Where: WHYY (Independence Mall West, 150 N. Sixth Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106)

RSVP: Click here

For more info on this documentary, please click here.

 




Community Service Event: The Virtual HOPE Express
           

Ongoing

 (Miles can be contributed through Sept. 15th)

Finish Line Event

Date: September 15, 2012

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Place: Registration will be at the Cosmic Cafe at Lloyd Hall (1 Boathouse Row, Philadelphia, PA 19130)

UPDATE: The Philadelphia Team and The East Falls Team have joined forces!

The Finish Line Team will be running/walking 3, 5, or 10 miles- it’s your choice! Register today!

Remember, all registration fees and donations to will go to The Four Diamonds Fund. Even a simple contribution of $25 and one mile, will make a priceless and immeasurable difference in the life of a child and a Four Diamonds’ family. Thank you for your support!

Join Philadelphia Team captains, Ami Patel,  Christina Moresi and Kim Linden, virtually by pledging miles to be completed at your own pace by September 15th from where ever you are  AND/OR on the morning of September 15th, at the Cosmic Cafe at Lloyd Hall and team up to collectively (or walk, sprint, hop, skip…) the remaining 3, 5 or 10 miles (it’s your choice) towards our collective goal of 135 miles to support The Four Diamonds Fund. Can’t join the team but still want to be a part of the Virtual Hope Express? Donations are welcome! Non-running volunteers are also needed.

Each participant will have a $25 registration fee which can be donated online. Anyone wanting to make a donation of $25 to a particular team can do so here.

We ask that those wishing to join the Philadelphia Team register by September 7th. Runners/walkers will have the option of completing 3, 5 or 10 miles. We are also looking for volunteers/Morale to support the runners. Volunteers/Morale can register (if you wish to donate $25) and/or RSVP with Ami, Christina or Kim to support the team with registration and motivation.

EVERYONE IS WELCOME!

If you want to join the Philadelphia Team, but cannot make the Finish Line Event on September 15th, email us and we can coordinate how you can contribute miles before the finish line date.

The Hope Express is a 135-mile run created to bridge the gap between the families on the 7th floor at the Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, PA and the Dancers at the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (aka THON), a year round fundraising event benefiting The Four Diamonds Fund, Conquering Childhood Cancer.

Please email Christina at service@pennstatephilly.org, Ami at scholarship@pennstatephilly.org or Kim at kimmlinden@gmail.com, if you are interested in running, planning, volunteering, donating and/or have any questions or suggestions.

Why September 15?

The Hope express now entering its 7th year wanted to have a date that signified the significance of what our charity is all about. The founders, Connie and Hank Angus felt that September 15th was the perfect day because it was on September 15, 2004 that their son Gabriel was diagnosed with leukemia. To date the Hope Express has raised more than $150,000 for the Four Diamonds Fund in Hershey, PA.

Thank you in advance for your support!

For those not in Philly, there are 17 other teams throughout the United States. Join the Philadelphia Team by pledging miles and running “Virtually” or  visit hopeexpress.org to find a team near you.

Spreading the word is the easiest and most effective way to help. Please pass this event along to all of your friends and ask them to do the same.  Thank you!

 For The Kids… For The Run… For A Cure…




THON Night Out at Field House
           

                

The Philadelphia Chapter thanks you for your support of THON Night Out at Field House on Saturday, September 29. Through your generosity, this open bar and raffle event raised $768 FTK!




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