Auditions set for Paw Search at Penn State York

Talent show benefiting THON set for Jan. 12
Paw Search 2017

Portraying Norma Desmond, Anne Vardo-Zalik, associate professor of biology at Penn State York, brought the house down with an amazing performance of "With One Look," from "Sunset Boulevard" at last year's Paw Search.  Paw Search 2018 is set for Jan. 12 with auditions scheduled for Dec. 1 from 1-4 p.m., and Dec. 4 from 4-8 p.m.  This event is a fundraiser for Penn State York Benefiting THON with proceeds going to help children and their families battling pediatric cancer.  

Credit: Barbara Dennis

Auditions for Penn State York Benefiting THON’s annual Paw Search, a family-friendly talent and variety show, are set for 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, and 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4, in the Community Room, Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center, at the campus. For more information on auditions, contact Allison Rambler at [email protected] or 717-916-4362 or Logan Matthews at [email protected] or 717-917-3550.

Singers, musicians, comedians and other performers are invited to audition for Paw Search. Paw Search is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, in Penn State York’s Pullo Family Performing Arts Center (The Pullo Center). The show is a benefit for The Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, fondly known as THON, to help children with cancer through the Four Diamonds at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center.  

Paw Search is just one of many events, sponsored by Penn State York Benefiting THON, leading up to the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (THON), the 46-hour dance marathon, set for Feb. 16-18, 2018, at the Bryce Jordan Center on the University Park campus.  In 2017, THON raised $10,045,478.44.

Anyone interested in supporting the dancers from Penn State York can donate online at… . Donations made to the Penn State York Benefiting York THON will be credited to the campus and then added to the final total at University Park.  Checks in support of THON should be made payable to: Penn State Dance Marathon or THON, and sent to Penn State York, 1031 Edgecomb Ave., York, PA 17403. Please be sure to note York, Org. 170 in the memo line of the check.

THON is the world’s largest student-run philanthropy, engaging more than 16,500 students and 25,000 alumni in the fight against childhood cancer.  THON’s yearlong fundraising and awareness campaign culminates in a 46-hour no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon every February. Since 1977, THON has donated more than $146 million to Four Diamonds at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital, funding comprehensive care and critical research.