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					The Pennsylvania State University
        IFC/Panhellenic
     Dance Marathon 2009




           RULEBOOK


      Dates: February 20th – 22nd, 2009
      Location: Bryce Jordan Center




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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon ............................................................. 3
A Brief Introduction....................................................................................................... 3
THON 2009 Statement ................................................................................................... 4
1.0   NOTE OF RULE VIOLATION PROTOCOL ......................................................... 5
   1.1.      STATEMENT OF RULE AWARENESS AND COMPLIANCE (SORAAC) .................................. 5
   1.2.      LIST OF POSSIBLE PENALTIES FOR SORAAC NON-COMPLIANCE .................................... 5
   1.3.      LIST OF POSSIBLE REWARDS FOR REGULATION COMPLIANCE ....................................... 5
   1.4.      ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS .................................................................................................. 6
2.0       FUND RAISING.................................................................................................... 6
  2.1       Methods of Fundraising ............................................................................................................... 6
  2.2       Rules for Pledge Solicitations ...................................................................................................... 8
  2.3       Rules for Canister Solicitation...................................................................................................... 9
  2.4       Sanctions for Illegal Solicitation ................................................................................................. 11
  2.5       Retention Ratio .......................................................................................................................... 11
  2.6       Statement of Financial Integrity ................................................................................................. 12
  2.7       Registering Trips ........................................................................................................................ 13
  2.8       Commonwealth Regulations………………………………………………………………………….13
3.0       DANCER REGISTRATION .............................................................................. 144
   3.1       Online Registration .................................................................................................................... 14
   3.2       Guidelines For Dancer Registration ........................................................................................ 154
   3.3       Dancer Classification ................................................................................................................. 14
   3.4       Number of Dancer Couples ....................................................................................................... 16
   3.5       Registration Requirements ........................................................................................................ 16
   3.6       Lottery System ........................................................................................................................... 17
   3.7       Couple Assignment: ................................................................................................................... 17
   3.8       Additional Couples/Waiting List ................................................................................................. 17
4.0       Floor Passes ..................................................................................................... 18
   4.1       THON 2009 Organizational Passes .......................................................................................... 18
   4.2       Pass Requirements and Information ......................................................................................... 18
   4.3       Supersoakers: ............................................................................................................................ 19
5.0       DANCER REQUIREMENTS .............................................................................. 19
   5.1       Dancer Meetings ........................................................................................................................ 20
   5.2       Dance Marathon Weekend ........................................................................................................ 20
6.0       AWARDS AND RECOGNITION ........................................................................ 21
   6.1       Overall Recognition ................................................................................................................... 21
   6.2       Spirit Awards .............................................................................................................................. 21
7.0       DIAMOND AWARDS ......................................................................................... 22
   7.1       Award Levels ............................................................................................................................. 23
8.0       FOUR DIAMONDS FUND INFORMATION ........................................................ 24
   8.1       Hershey Trips ............................................................................................................................ 24
   8.2       Adopt-A-Family Information ....................................................................................................... 25
9.0 THON CONTACT LIST ...................................................................................... 29
APPENDIX A - Vehicle Codes ..................................................................................... 30
APPENDIX B – ADOPT-A-FAMILY FORMS ................................................................ 31
APPENDIX C – THON Apparel Licensing .................................................................. 33
APPENDIX D - THON Tax ID Information………………………………..……………….34




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                  Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon
                              A Brief Introduction
In 1972, fourteen-year old Christopher R. Millard wrote an essay that symbolized his
fight with cancer. The essay, entitled THE FOUR DIAMONDS, spoke of the four
qualities, courage, wisdom, honesty, and strength, which were necessary to fight
cancer.

After his death that same year, THE FOUR DIAMONDS FUND was established at the
request of Christopher‘s parents, Charles and Irma Millard, in order to ease the financial
burden in families whose children are receiving treatment at the Penn State Children‘s
Hospital at the Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA. In addition to providing direct
assistance to families, the fund also provides money for clinical, educational, and
research programs relating to childhood cancer.

The Interfraternity Council‘s Dance Marathon began in 1973. In 1977 THON began its
relationship with The Four Diamonds Fund. The Panhellenic Council joined as a co-
sponsor in 1989 and to this date Dance Marathon has contributed over 52 million dollars
to families and children of The Four Diamonds Fund. Officially recognized as the largest
student-run philanthropy in the world, THON is responsible for contributing 87% of the
total revenue of The Four Diamonds Fund.

What makes Dance Marathon special is not the money itself, but the reason for which
those funds are raised. Dance Marathon provides help to countless families, in addition
to instilling a sense of hope and confidence to all of the children that The Four
Diamonds Fund supports. With the continued effort and dedication of all those involved
for so many years that sense of hope keeps rising to unprecedented levels.

Each year, over three thousand students donate their time and effort to raise money
through solicitations and sponsorships. The dedication and hard work of each student
culminates in February during the weekend of Dance Marathon. Over 700 students
dance continuously for two days, without sleeping or sitting, to show their support for the
families of children with cancer. Despite the obvious physical pains each dancer
endures, it is frequently described as one of the most rewarding experiences of their
lives. In the words of former Penn State University President, Bryce Jordan, ―It is an act
of pure unselfishness.‖


             ―By now, the once clear path, had disappeared…Millard
             struggled a few feet higher and he knew not all was
             lost…shortly after he looked directly upon the tree of
             life…and the joy of the precious fruit had freed him of
             the mountain‘s fearful curses‖
             --Christopher Millard--


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                              THON 2009 Statement

Go State, Beat Cancer! Welcome to THON 2009! The THON Rulebook is here to
outline all policies, dates, and regulations surrounding Dance Marathon. You can use
this resource to answer a variety of questions concerning everything from fundraising to
dancer requirements and spirit points. Keep in mind that this rulebook lists changes to
the rules and policies from years past, so it‘s good to consult the 2009 Rulebook for any
policy inquiries instead of older rulebooks.

On behalf of the 2009 Overall Committee, we would to thank each and every one of you
for your tireless efforts and your dedication to this event. We‘d love to help you in any
way we can, so please don‘t hesitate to contact us and use us as a resource. Also, we
invite you to visit www.thon.org for contact information, events, and committee
information. You‘ll also find this rulebook available for download in PDF format at this
site.

THON 2009 promises to be a fun and successful chapter in the longstanding tradition of
Dance Marathon. Thanks for being an integral part of this cause. Always and forever,
For The Kids!


In the spirit of THON…


Sincerely,

Caitlin Zankowski                                     Mike Hacke
Dance Marathon 2009                                   Dance Marathon 2009
Overall Rules and Regulations Chairperson             Overall Chairperson
rules.regulations@thon.org                            overall@thon.org
1-800-392-THON (8466)                                 1-800-392-THON (8466)




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1.0     NOTE OF RULE VIOLATION PROTOCOL

The rules in this packet are set in order to facilitate your organization, thus making Dance Marathon a
much more successful event. Please understand that these rules are implemented to ensure the integrity
of Dance Marathon and make it fair for all organizations. Please remember this is a philanthropic event
and not a competition, and that all of the money raised is for the aid of the children and their families.
Your cooperation with all of the guidelines set in this rulebook will be greatly appreciated. Remember, it is
For the Kids! Thank You!

Any individual or organization suspected to be in violation of these rules will be subject to investigation by
the Overall Committee. All the evidence will be presented to the Overall Committee and a fair and speedy
judgment will be reached. If the organization is found in violation of these rules they will be subject to
penalty. The penalties range according to severity of the violation. Please see section 1.2 for a list of
possible penalties.

Since Dance Marathon is a student-run event, all student volunteers, chairpersons, captains,
committee members, organization chairs, and dancers must be an undergraduate full time
student, part time student or a student on a registered Internship/Co-op/Foreign Study assignment
recognized by the Pennsylvania State University during the entire academic year, August 2008 until
May 2009. Enrollment may be subject to verification by the Overall Committee at any time.

    1.1. STATEMENT OF RULE AWARENESS AND COMPLIANCE (SORAAC )
          1.1.1. All THON chairs of registered organizations or independent dancer couples must
                 submit a digitally signed SORAAC by the start of the first fundraising weekend.
                 Forms can be completed through the THINK website (think.psu.edu). This form MUST be
                 signed prior to the first canning weekend.
          1.1.2. The SORAAC states that each THON chair has read the rulebook and will make every
                 attempt to ensure that their organization will follow the stated rules.
          1.1.3. Any organization who fails to turn in this form will have one third of the funds
                 raised prior to turning in the form deducted from their organizational total.
          1.1.4. Those in violation of the SORAAC are subject to the penalties stated in section 1.2.

    1.2. LIST OF POSSIBLE PENALTIES FOR SORAAC NON-COMPLIANCE
          1.2.1. Monetary fine that will be deducted from organization‘s total and transferred to Dance
                 Marathon as a whole.
          1.2.2. Loss of 1 Floor Pass for THON weekend
          1.2.3. Loss of 1 Dancer Couple for THON weekend
          1.2.4. Loss of Participation in Dance Marathon

    1.3. LIST OF POSSIBLE REWARDS FOR REGULATION COMPLIANCE
           1.3.1.Should any organization meet the following criteria that organization will receive up to
                 three additional floor passes for use during a two hour block of time to be determined on
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                 Saturday, February 21 , 2009 during THON weekend. To qualify, the organization must:
                     1.3.1.1. Register all canning trips on THINK. See Section 2.7.
                     1.3.1.2. Complete post canning reports for all canning trips on THINK. See Section
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                     1.3.1.3. Preregister the organizations dancers through THINK between January 19
                              and January 25, 2009.
                     1.3.1.4. Register the organizations dancers at the appropriate dancer registration
                              session between February 2 and February 4, 2009. See section 3.1 and 3.2.
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                     1.3.1.5. Submit complete floor pass lists on THINK by February 8 , 2009. See
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         1.3.2. Any valid complaint against an organization that results in some form of sanction will
                disqualify the organization for this reward.

         1.4 ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS

         All organizations that choose to participate in canister solicitations, and all other fund raising
         activities, are encouraged to make the appropriate arrangements to cover expenses.
         Organizations are encouraged to keep expenses at a minimum. The Overall Committee does
         not condone using money from any solicitation method to pay for gas, food, or any other
         related costs. Canister solicitation funds used to pay for any trip or organization
         expense is illegal and strictly prohibited.

         The goal of each group should be to maximize their contribution to The Four Diamonds Fund:
         the more money raised, the more money will be available to assist the children and their
         families who benefit from The Four Diamonds Fund. The members of the organization should
         exercise caution to prevent abuses. Any activity or event that is meant to support THON, must
         remain suitable and appropriate for a THON family to witness at all times.

2.0    FUND RAISING
SOLICITATION BEGINS AT 7:00AM ON WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 1ST, 2008 AND ENDS AT 11:59AM ON SUNDAY
FEBRUARY 22ND, 2009. This time period, hereafter referred to as the FUNDRAISING WINDOW, is the
time period in which organizations may collect solicitations for Dance Marathon. This includes Pledges,
Corporate Donations, Letter Drives, Fundraising Events or Cash Donations. All of the following methods
of fund raising are encouraged:

   2.1 Methods of Fundraising
         **All checks received by an organization must be turned into the THON Finance Committee in
         210 HUB from 11:00am-4:00 pm Monday through Friday. All checks turned in MUST have the
         organization name and number on them and must be made out to Penn State Dance Marathon
         or The Four Diamonds Fund. If a check is made out to your organization, the THON chair must
         sign the check over to Penn State Dance Marathon by printing THON on the back and signing
         your name on the back. In order to ensure that checks are credited to THON and to your
         organization, checks MUST be turned in to the THON office within 90 days of when the check
         was issued. This includes outside account organizations.

         2.1.1 Pledge Solicitation: This type of fund raising may be used through phone calls or in
               person. In order to keep the efforts of THON encouraging and positive to those whom are
               unaware of THON‘s mission, we ask that individuals please not make unwarranted or
               random phone calls. Collecting credit card information over the phone is illegal.
               Individuals may not solicit pledges from any Centre County area business without prior
               approval from Dance Marathon Overall Committee.
         2.1.2 Mail Solicitations (letter drives): Individuals may begin collecting addresses for their
               mail solicitations prior to the set solicitation date. However, they CANNOT mail letters
               or collect donations until 7:00am on October 1, 2008.
         2.1.3 Canister Solicitations: Solicitations with posters and canisters provided by the Overall
               Committee may occur on the following Fundraising Weekends. At no other time may
               any organization or individual participate in canister solicitation without proper
               permission from the Overall Committee. Solicitation may begin at 8 am on Friday of
               the fundraising weekend and ends Sunday at 5pm.

                   2.1.3.1 Valid Canister Solicitation Dates:



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                         Start Date                End Date                   Year
                         October 10th              October 12th               2008
                         November 7th              November 9th               2008
                         January 23rd              January 25th               2009
                         February 13th             February 15th              2009

                        **Canister solicitation at any other time is STRICTLY PROHIBITED and
                        will result in immediate sanctions.

                2.1.3.2 PLEASE VIEW APPENDIX A, WHICH CONTAINS VEHICLE CODES FOR
                        SOLICITATION IN PENNSYLVANIA. BECAUSE THESE STATES ALLOW
                        US TO CAN AS A COURTESY TO OUR CAUSE, PLEASE ABIDE BY THE
                        APPROPRIATE LAWS SET FORTH.
                2.1.3.3 Please take note that any fundraising weekend may be canceled due to
                        weather that could risk the safety of those participating in the fundraising
                        weekend.

      2.1.4 Solicitation of Local (Centre County) Companies: No group may solicit Centre County
            or State College businesses. The ONLY exception to this is if a member or alumni of the
            organization currently works at the business. In that case, the organization must notify
            the Overall Donor Relations Chairperson, Annie Keyes (donor.relations@thon.org), in
            210 HUB/Robeson, PRIOR to the first contact. In addition, the New Company Contact
            form must be filled out on THINK. Once this form has been approved, contact can be
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      2.1.5 Small Business & Corporate Sponsors: The Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance
            Marathon requires that a Request New Company Contact form must be filled out on
            THINK prior to contacting any small business or corporation, Contact Overall Donor
            Relations Chairperson, Annie Keyes, (donor.relations@thon.org) with any questions.

                2.1.5.1 Solicitation of your Corporate Sponsors is to be made WITHIN the
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                        fundraising window (October 1 , 2008, 7:00am – February 24 , 2009,
                        NOON) UNLESS OTHERWISE APPROVED by the Overall Donor Relations
                        Chairperson, Annie Keyes, (donor.relations@thon.org).
                2.1.5.2 After gaining approval, the organization will make arrangements with the
                        assigned Donor Relations liaison to determine who will manage all contacts
                        for the duration leading up to Dance Marathon. Should your organization
                        choose to retain the duty of maintaining the contact, you must keep your
                        Donor Relations liaison informed of all relevant developments.
                2.1.5.3 All donations received from sponsors must be issued directly to Penn State
                        Dance Marathon with the organization name and number in the memo so
                        that       the    organization      can        receive    proper     credit.

            2.1.6    Corporate and Charitable Foundations: No group may solicit a corporate or
                     charitable foundation for a donation. Corporate contacts will only be approved if
                     an organization has a personal contact with an affiliation to the company or
                     foundation. The Donor Relations committee is responsible for contacting all
                     companies and foundations for which there is no contact. Exceptions may be
                     made on a case-by-case basis, but only after gaining approval from Overall
                     Donor Relations Chairperson, Annie Keyes, (donor.relations@thon.org).
      2.1.7 In-kind donations: Any in-kind donation solicited by an organization does not result in
            credit towards the organizations monetary total. Any in-kind donation solicited by an
            organization for the THON Auction will be credited towards the organizations total for the


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            selling price of the item in the auction. Captains whose responsibility is to solicit items will
            not have their solicitations credited towards an organizations total.
      2.1.8 Alternative Fund Raising Events: All Alternative Fundraising Events, which are defined
            as any type of fundraising event other than the aforementioned pledge, mail, canister, or
            corporate varieties, must be registered with the Overall Rules and Regulations
            Chairperson, Caitlin Zankowski (rules.regulations@thon.org). All guidelines for these
            fundraisers can be found in APPENDIX E on page 35.

                     2.1.8.1 Registration is accomplished by completing the form provided
                             online on THINK (think.psu.edu) under the ‗File New Fundraiser‘
                             link. Serious consequences for not registering alternative
                             fundraisers will be strictly enforced at the discretion of the Rules
                             and Regulations Overall in conjunction with the Overall Committee
                             for THON 2009.

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                        (October 1 , 2008, 7:00am – February 22nd, 2009, NOON), assuming the
                        event has been properly registered and approved by the Rules and
                        Regulations Chairperson, Caitlin Zankowski (rules.regulations@thon.org).
                2.1.8.3 All Alternative Fundraising Event requests must be submitted on THINK AT
                        LEAST 10 DAYS PRIOR TO EVENT.
                2.1.8.4 For Alternative Fundraising ideas, please consult the THON Chair Handbook
                        or Alternative Fundraising Coordinators, both available on www.thon.org.

      2.1.9 Tax exemption information: The Penn State Dance Marathon and affiliated fundraising
            efforts are covered under the tax-exempt status of The Pennsylvania State University. All
            contributions and in-kind donations are fully tax-exempt. Please view Appendix D for
            Dance Marathon‘s Tax Information Document. This document contains complete
            information regarding Dance Marathon‘s tax-exempt status. In addition, this letter is to be
            attached in all contacts made by your organization directly to a company.

      2.1.10        Matching Gifts: Many businesses offer matching gift programs to encourage
            their employees to support non-profit organizations such as Dance Marathon. To ensure
            proper credit for a matching gift donation to your organization, please attach the
            ORIGINAL check to the matching gift form and place both in an envelope and return to
            Overall Finance Chairperson, Marguerite Moran (finance@thon.org) in 210
            HUB/Robeson separately from other checks and made out to Penn State Dance
            Marathon. It is important that you provide the original check and keep a copy for your
            records. The check will be sent to University Development for processing. NOTE: All
            singular donations $10,000 and over presented on behalf of an organization must
            be presented in the form of a cashiers check.

  2.2 Rules for Pledge Solicitations
      ALL ORGANIZATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS THAT DECIDE TO PARTICIPATE IN PLEDGE SOLICITATIONS ARE
      TO ADHERE TO THE FOLLOWING GUIDELINES SET FORTH BY THE PENN STATE IFC/P ANHELLENIC
      DANCE M ARATHON:

      2.2.1 In order to be credited towards organizational totals pledge forms must be submitted to
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                 2.2.1.1 **FALSIFYING PLEDGES AND MISHANDLING DONATIONS ARE
                         CONSIDERED CRIMINAL OFFENSES. PERPETRATORS WILL BE
                         SUBJECT TO INVESTIGATION BY THE UNIVERSITY AND IF FOUND
                         GUILTY, WILL BE PUNISHED AS THEY SEE FIT. IN ADDITION THE
                         ORGANIZATION WILL BE SANCTIONED BY THE OVERALL
                         COMMITTEE OF THON. **

      2.2.2 When an individual gives a direct cash or check donation, it will be credited towards the
            soliciting organization; therefore DO NOT FILL OUT A PLEDGE. (Turning in the pledge
            form with the money would result in billing the contributor twice for the same donation).
      2.2.3 All pledge forms submitted must include the assigned organization number received after
            THON Chair Registration.
      2.2.4 IT IS IMPORTANT THAT ALL FORMS ARE READABLE. If there is any missing
            information, they WILL NOT be processed resulting in a forfeiture of that pledge.
      2.2.5 IT IS AGAINST PENN STATE POLICY TO SOLICIT ON THE GROUNDS OF PENN
            STATE PROPERTY (i.e. Beaver Stadium). IF ANYONE IS CAUGHT VIOLATING THIS
            POLICY THEY WILL BE FINED BY THE OVERALL COMMITTEE. Violators are also
            subject to punishment by Penn State University officials.
      2.2.6 Pledge books should be picked up and dropped off in 210 HUB Monday through Friday
            while the Fundraising window is open.

  2.3 Rules for Canister Solicitation
      ALL ORGANIZATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS THAT DECIDE TO PARTICIPATE IN CANISTER SOLICITATION ARE
      TO ADHERE TO THE FOLLOWING GUIDELINES SET FORTH BY THE PENN STATE IFC/P ANHELLENIC
      DANCE M ARATHON:

      2.3.1 Organizations can pick up cans and signs during the following assigned times. Once
            picked up, organizations MUST put their ORGANIZATION FULL NAME AND NUMBER
            on every sign. Persons participating in canister solicitation shall utilize official THON can
            wraps and signs, as provided to the organization at Materials Distribution.

            Fundraising              Material            Distribution             Dates      and   Times:

             Dates                                 Time                       Location
             October 8, 9, 10 2008                 12:00PM-5:00PM             325 HUB
             November 5, 6, 7 2008                 12:00PM-4:00PM             325 HUB
             January 21, 22, 23 2009               12:00PM-4:00PM             325 HUB
             February 11, 12, 13 2009              12:00PM-4:00PM             325 HUB
            *Times are subject to change. THON chairs will be notified of any time change*

      2.3.2 Proceeds from canister solicitations must be brought to the Dance Marathon Finance
            Committee on Mondays following canning weekends. To utilize this service, you
            MUST sign up on THINK through the ‗Drop-Off Sign Up‘ link by Friday at 11:59pm of that
            canning weekend. Bills must be separated by denomination and coins may be brought in
            cans without being separated. Watch your e-mail for specifics about these events as they
            approach. If money is not turned into the Finance Committee at Canning Drop Offs,
            the organization will be assessed a fine of 5% from the total for each day the
            money is late. THE FINANCE CHAIR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO PENALIZE
            ORGANIZATIONS WHO DO NOT REMOVE OTHER OBJECTS (SCREWS,
            PAPERCLIPS, ETC.) FROM THE CANS OF COINS. Any questions please contact the
            Overall Finance Chairperson, Marguerite Moran (finance@thon.org).
      2.3.3 All persons who choose to solicit for Dance Marathon are required to carry their Penn
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            any other item displaying Penn State and/or Dance Marathon. Reflective clothing is
            encouraged.
      2.3.4 While canning, Penn State students are an extension of the University. This means that
            all participants are expected to present themselves in a professional manner and abide
            by all state and local laws within the area in which you are soliciting.
      2.3.5 PROCEDURE WHEN OTHER STUDENTS ARE SEEN CANNING IN VIOLATION OF
            VEHICLE CODE OR WHEN STUDENTS ARE NOT PRESENTING THEMSELVES IN A
            PROFESSIONAL AND CURTIOUS MANNER:
                 2.3.5.1 Approach those canning improperly, remind them of our policy, and politely
                          ask them to move along.
                 2.3.5.2 If they refuse to leave:
                              2.3.5.2.1    Call 1-800-392-THON anytime during the weekend to report
                                           the incident. Please note their organization.
                              2.3.5.2.2    This will result in punishment from the Overall Committee, as
                                           outlined in the section 1.

                     Please note that any time you are within your rights to call the police. We do
                     prefer that you call our office instead, so we can track the incident and also
                     sentence a more effective punishment, such as losing floor
                     passes/dancers, rather than a simple citation or warning.

      2.3.6 ORGANIZATIONS ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO OBTAIN ANY PERMITS FOR
            FUNDRAISING IN COMMUNITIES THAT REQUIRE THEM.
      2.3.7 THE PERMIT SENIORITY RULE
                 2.3.7.1 This rule states that any organization holding a permit to solicit funds in a
                          given area has the right to exclusively solicit funds there. For example, if
                          organization A is canning, and organization B arrives and presents a valid
                          permit for solicitation in the area in question, organization A is to leave unless
                          they produce a valid permit.
                 2.3.7.2 If two organizations present a valid permit for solicitation in the area in
                          question, the first organization on the scene has rights to stay and solicit
                          alone. It is encouraged that both organizations work out a way to solicit
                          together in the area in question and resolve any conflicts or disputes
                          among themselves. Use common sense and good judgment to resolve
                          differences. Please be courteous and friendly at all times, even if people do
                          not donate.
                 2.3.7.3 If a permit is not required for a particular location, the first organization on the
                          premises has the right to solicitation. If an organization presents a permit for
                          a location, that group has the right to solicitation, even if a permit is not
                          required and regardless of who arrived first.
                 2.3.7.4 Organizations should be mindful of registered corners, storefronts and
                          streets when organizing their trips. Those organizations that register their
                          trips for the same location are encouraged to handle the situation between
                          the two organizations (i.e. sharing corners, etc.)
      2.3.8 Any use of alcohol or any illegal substances while canning or while driving to your
            destination is absolutely prohibited. The Overall Committee will review all reports of
            individuals or groups not following this restriction. Various organizational penalties or
            disqualification may result.
      2.3.9 We strongly encourage you to contact the local municipalities in the desired canning area
            prior to solicitation. Also, please use every precaution when traveling to your canning
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  2.4 Sanctions for Illegal Solicitation
      2.4.1 ORGANIZATIONS WILL BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR SOLICITING FUNDS
            ILLEGALLY. THIS INCLUDES BUT IS NOT LIMITED TO: CANNING AND
            PLEDGEBOOKING ON UNIVERSITY PROPERTY (INCLUDING BEAVER STADIUM)
            AND CANNING ILLEGALLY (WITHOUT A PERMIT OR IN VIOLATION OF THE PA
            VEHICLE CODE).
      2.4.2 All allegations must be confirmed by either the Overall Committee or local authorities.
      2.4.3 Organizations soliciting illegally will be held accountable based on a point system
      2.4.4 Penalties will be based on the amount of points an organization has received:

            1 pt = Loss of 10 % of funds raised from the given occasion and a meeting with members
            of the Overall Committee
            2-4 pts = Loss of passes for THON 2009, 3% fine of the organization‘s 2009 overall total,
            loss of pledges/funds raised from the given occasion & a meeting with members of the
            Overall Committee
            5-9 pts = Loss of dancer couples and passes for THON 2009, 5% fine of the
            organization‘s 2009 overall total, loss of pledges from the given occasion & a meeting
            with members of the Overall Committee
            10 pts & above= 10% fine of the organization‘s 2009 overall total, loss of pledges from
            the given occasion & a meeting with members of the Overall Committee, which could
            result in expulsion from participation in THON

            Point System Examples:
            1 point - Pledge booking on University Property (e.g. Beaver Stadium)
            2 points - Any unauthorized Alternative Fundraising Event
            3 points - Unsafe or Illegal Canning
            4 points - Canning outside of the allotted fundraising weekends



  2.5 Retention Ratio
      2.5.1 The ―Retention Ratio‖ is the percent of money pledged versus actually received by Dance
            Marathon. The formula to calculate your organization‘s retention ratio is given below.
      2.5.2 In order to ensure that all organizations uphold the highest ethical standards with regards
            to pledge submission, the Dance Marathon Overall Committee will penalize any
            organization whose retention ratio is less than 75%. The US government sets this as
            a benchmark for determining superior philanthropies. Therefore, organizations will be
            penalized for retaining less than 75%. Your penalty will be assessed against your THON
            2009 total as explained below.
                2.5.2.1 Example Retention Ratio and Penalty Calculations:

                         Pledge Total THON 2008:                                      $10,000
                         Pledges Collected THON 2008:                                 $6,500
                         RETENTION RATIO THON 2008:                                   65%
                         THON Minimum Required Retention Ratio:                       75%
                         Organization Retention Ratio:                                65%
                         Retention Ratio Percentage Penalty THON 2009:                10%
                          Amount Adjusted from THON 2009 total:                       $1,000
                         (This is the amount that will be adjusted towards your Organization’s THON 2009 total.)

                2.5.2.2 Calculate Your Organization‘s Pledge Total:

                         1. Enter Organization‘s Pledge Total 2008:
                         2. Enter Organization‘s Collected Pledges 2008:
                         3. Divide (2) by (1) then multiply by 100:
                         4. Subtract (3) from 75%:
                         **If (3) is greater than 75%, then THON 2008 Total remains unchanged**
                         5. Multiply (1) times (4):



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                        6. Subtract (5) from (1):
                        (The number in 6 is the amount that will be adjusted towards your Organization’s THON
                        2009 total.)

      2.5.3 Additional Notes and Rules
                2.5.3.1 Any organization with a retention ratio greater than or equal to 75% will
                        receive full credit for all THON 2008 pledges.
                2.5.3.2 Any organization participating in Dance Marathon for the first time will
                        be assigned a retention ratio of 100%.
                2.5.3.3 The Adjusted Pledge Total is the amount that will be adjusted towards your
                        organization‘s totals announced at THON.
                2.5.3.4 Please note that the Retention Ratio policy affects an individual
                        organization‘s fundraising total, but it does not affect an overall Dance
                        Marathon fundraising total.
                2.5.3.5 If any organization chooses a new partner organization for THON 2009, the
                        group‘s retention ratio will be the average of the two organizations‘ separate
                        ratios.
                2.5.3.6 All THON 2008 pledges paid prior to the close of business Friday, August
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                        received after that date will have no effect on retention ratios or penalties.
                2.5.3.7 Retention penalties apply to pledge book submissions only. All organizations
                        will receive full credit for cash, check, and other donations.
                2.5.3.8 Retention ratios and pledge listings will be available on THINK by October
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                        1 , 2008.
      2.5.4 Question or Concerns about Retention Ratios Contact Marguerite Moran, Overall
            Finance Chairperson (finance@thon.org).

  2.6 Statement of Financial Integrity
      ALL ORGANIZATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS THAT DECIDE TO PARTICIPATE IN DANCE M ARATHON ARE TO
      ADHERE TO THE FOLLOWING GUIDELINES SET FORTH BY THE PENN STATE IFC/PANHELLENIC DANCE
      M ARATHON OVERALL COMMITTEE. TO PROTECT THE FUNDRAISING INTERESTS OF THE PENN STATE
      IFC/PANHELLENIC DANCE MARATHON, THE FOLLOWING GUIDELINES HAVE BEEN ESTABLISHED:

      2.6.1 Fundraising organization should elect/appoint a treasurer for the purpose of tracking all
            expenses and income related to THON funds. This person should be careful to record all
            transactions and keep all pertinent receipts and check numbers with corresponding
            names.
      2.6.2 The Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon Overall Committee reserves the right
            to request the aforementioned receipts and/or records when an organization‘s financial
            ethics are in question at any time.
      2.6.3 Organizations should have two people present at ALL times during counting and
            depositing of money. In the case of paired organizations, there should be one
            representative from each organization. For unpaired organizations, the THON financial
            chair and another executive officer should be present.
      2.6.4 At no time should an organization's THON solicitations be deposited or commingled with
            their existing account. Organizations must maintain separate accounts for all THON
            solicitations.
      2.6.5 Any organization may apply for an outside account by notifying the Overall
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            Finance Chairperson, Marguerite Moran, no later than Monday, September 17 ,
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            2008. Applicants will be notified of the decision by September 26 , 2008. Decisions
            will be based primarily on the amount previously raised and on the condition that all set
            guidelines were met. The Overall Finance Chair holds the discretion to terminate the
            account at any time if the guidelines for the account or other Dance Marathon policies are
            not followed. If approved for an outside account, the following rules apply:



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                 2.6.5.1 The organization must require DUAL signature accounts. In addition, the
                         organization must show proof of their dual signature account, represented by
                         a THON Chair from BOTH organizations, by providing Marguerite Moran,
                         Overall Finance, with a voided check. (In the case of a single organization, a
                         THON chair‘s signature and President‘s signature will suffice.)
                 2.6.5.2 All checks must be given to the Finance Committee, and not deposited in the
                         outside account.
                 2.6.5.3 Each month a bank statement must be turned in immediately to the Overall
                         Finance Chairperson, Marguerite Moran. No expenses/withdrawals are to
                         be permitted from these accounts.

2.7 Registering Trips
          2.7.1 You must register each trip your organization schedules for EVERY canning weekend. You can
          find the appropriate form on THINK (think.psu.edu) through the ‗Canning Registration‘ link. It will
          include a Trip Leader, a Trip Leader cell phone number (which must be ON all weekend), and Trip
          Location (County, state, intersection, store/business, street name etc.)
    2.7.2 Failure to comply with this rule will result in a fine of illegal canning (or a 10% deduction of moneys
          raised).
    2.7.2 Following each canning trip, the organization MUST complete the ‗Post Canning Report‘ form for each
          trip. This form can be found on THINK (think.psu.edu).
    2.7.3 Starting in 2008, there will be an option that allows new organizations and potential independent
          dancer couples to view their respective totals for each canning trip. These will not be available until
          one week after Canning Drop-off. If this is an option you do not wish to have please contact Overall
          Finance Chairperson, Marguerite Moran (finance@thon.org) by Canning Weekend #1.

2.8 Commonwealth Regulations
    2.8.1 Commonwealth Due Dates

  Every Friday – All labeled checks and pledges sent to THON office
  Wednesday*, October 15- Send a check from Canning Weekend #1 to the THON office – Balance of Campus
  Account should be $0
  Wednesday*, November 12 - Send a check from Canning Weekend #2 to the THON office – Balance of
  Campus Account should be $0
  Wednesday*, January 28 - Send a check from Canning Weekend #3 to the THON office – Balance of Campus
  Account should be $0
  Wednesday*, February 18- Cut a check with your remaining balance and bring to THON weekend. Give check
  to a Finance Captain only at Gate C on the concourse level between 10am - 12pm on Saturday. In addition,
  any checks or pledges received after February 18th should be kept and turned in with final check during THON
  weekend.


    * These checks should be postmarked by Wednesday on the due dates above.

                               Send all checks and pledges to the THON office at:
                                             Attn. Finance Overall
                                                    210 HUB
                                           University Park, PA 16802


    2.8.2 All cash that is received will be deposited into the Campus Student Government account, regardless of
    the source.
    2.8.3 Checks shall be handled in the following manner:
          2.8.3.1 All personal and corporate checks received will be sent to the University Park


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                       THON office every Friday
              2.8.3.2 Depositing personal checks into campus accounts is strictly prohibited. Violators will not
                       only lose their dancers, but further action will be required.
              2.8.3.3 Sending personal checks to the THON office enforces due thanks to individual donors and to
                       provides them with a tax receipt
        2.8.4 All pledges received should be sent up with the checks every Friday

            *Commonwealth campuses will be treated like any other organization. If a campus does not have the
            minimum amount of money raised, $2,200, by Dancer Registration, they will not receive dancers for
            THON 2009.

        2.8.5 Commonwealth Campuses are responsible to mail/fax their Dancer Registration Packet by Dancer
        Registration.

        2.8.6 Council weekends: Please note that checks and pledges are also to be turned in to the CCSG THON
        Directors during a council weekend. However, deadlines still apply unless approved by the Finance Overall.

        2.8.7 Most Importantly: In order to ensure eligibility for dancers for Commonwealth Campuses must have
        their minimum amount of money delivered to University Park NO LATER THAN 5PM ON FEBRUARY 4,
        2009 (last day of Dancer Registration) No Exceptions.


        2.8.8 ATTENTION CAMPUSES ON THE IBIS SYSTEM:

            2.8.8.1 Checks on the IBIS system take two weeks to process so you MUST follow this procedure to
            ensure your checks meet the deadlines set forth.
            2.8.8.2 COPY and FAX all personal and canning checks issued through IBIS to the THON office by the
            appropriate deadline.
            2.8.8.3 All personal checks must be copied and faxed by 5PM on each Friday.
            2.8.8.4 All canning checks and/or receipts must be copied and faxed by 5PM each Wednesday following
            the canning weekend.
            2.8.8.5 If this procedure is followed the Finance Overall and Finance Captains will have an accurate
            record of what is being sent up and can track any problems early on so no mistakes will be made THON
            weekend.


  3.0    DANCER REGISTRATION

    3.1 Online Pre-Registration
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           All dancers MUST register through THINK between January 19 , 2009 and January 25 ,
           2009. If dancers are not registered online they WILL NOT be able to complete their registration
           during the scheduled sessions listed below. Organizations must complete registration in
           accordance with this schedule to be assured of dancers or placement in the lottery for THON
           2009.

           Dates for Dancer Registration

            Couples                 Dates                          Times               Location
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            Independent dancers,    February 2 , 2009              7:00-10:00 pm       129 HUB
            New Organization
            Couples and
            Commonwealth
            Campuses*
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            Independent             February 3 , 2009              7:00-9:00 pm        129 HUB
            Organization Couples
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            Greek Organizations     February 4 , 2009              7:00-10:00 pm       129 HUB
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      *There will be a lottery drawing on the night of February 4th, 2009 if necessary. The lottery drawing rules are
      explained in section 3.6


  3.2 Guidelines For Dancer Registration
      3.2.1 BOTH MEMBERS OF DANCER COUPLES MUST BE PRESENT TO REGISTER. If
            both members of the dancer couple are not present to register then the Registration
            process WILL NOT be completed.
      3.2.2 Eligibility to Participate in Dance Marathon: In order to be eligible to participate in The
            Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, the candidate must be either:
                                  Undergraduate Student
                                   Undergraduate Student
                       
                       Pennsylvania State University
                             - member of DMAIG (this only pertains to the Alumni Dancer Couple)
      3.2.3 Any Greek Organization, Student Organization, Independent Couple, and
            Commonwealth Campuses not fulfilling all registration procedures, including
            deadlines, as outlined in this rulebook for Dance Marathon will effectively forfeit
            their remaining spaces. Any violation of these guidelines will result in
            organizational penalties.

  3.3 Dancer Classification
      3.3.1 Greek Organization Couples: Couples who hold membership in an organization
            recognized by the IFC, the Panhellenic Council, MGC and NPHC. Student organizations
            paired with Greek Organizations also fall under this category. From hereafter, Greek
            organizations refer to organizations recognized by IFC, the Panhellenic Council, MGC,
            NPHC or to student organizations paired with Greek organizations.
      3.3.2 Independent Organization Couples: Couples who hold membership in an organization
            recognized by the Center of Student Engagement and UPUA, (i.e. business fraternities,
            clubs, honor societies, your academic college, etc.) as well as THON organizations such
            as Atlas THON and Springfield THON.
      3.3.3 Independent Dancer Couples: Couples who do not have a membership in any student or
            Greek organization that participates in THON.
      3.3.4 Commonwealth Campus Couples: Couples registered as a representative of a
            Commonwealth Campus of the Pennsylvania State University recognized by CCSG.
      3.3.5 Alumni Couple: Couples who graduated from The Pennsylvania State University and are
            members of DMAIG (Dance Marathon Alumni Interest Group). These two couples are
            selected by the DMAIG each year.
      3.3.6 New Organization Couples: Couples whose organizations are participating in Dance
            Marathon for the first time.
      3.3.7 Please Note: If your organization was paired with another organization for THON 2008
            and you no longer wish to be paired with that organization, you must contact Caihlin
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            Durkin (phc.avp@thon.org) or Alexander Middleton (ifc.avp@thon.org) by October 1 ,
            2008 at 5 p.m. After that date, all pairings will be final for THON 2009. No
            organization can change partners until THON 2009. If you do not keep your partner for
            THON 2009, your organization total will be one half of your collective total from THON
            2008. This will affect the number of dancers and floor passes your organization receives
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  3.4 Number of Dancer Couples
      3.4.1 The number of Dancer Couples allotted is based solely on the amount of money raised
            by a collective Student or Greek organization. This assumed organization includes either
            a single registered organization or a registered pair of organizations.
      3.4.2 ORGANIZATIONS THAT HAVE CHANGED PARTNERS FROM THON 2008 TO THON 2009 WILL
            HAVE THEIR INDIVIDUAL ORGANIZATION TOTALS FROM THON 2008 ADDED TOGETHER. THE
            NUMBER OF DANCERS ALLOTTED FOR THON 2009 IS THEN BASED ON THE EARNINGS OF THE
            TWO ORGANIZATIONS INDIVIDUAL TOTALS FROM THON 2008. THESE ORGANIZATIONS ARE NOT
            ELIGIBLE FOR LION SHRINE STATUS UNTIL THE FOLLOWING THON, AS THEY HAVE NOT YET
            EARNED     A   STATUS    AS    A   COLLECTIVE     ORGANIZATION      (SEE SECTION 3.4.3).

            Information to determine the number of dancers allotted to your organization for THON
            2009 will be available prior to registration.

      3.4.3 LION SHRINE STATUS: IF A PAIRED STUDENT OR GREEK ORGANIZATION
            RAISED $175,000 OR MORE FOR THONTM 2008 THAT PAIRING IS GRANTED A 5TH
            DANCER COUPLE.
      3.4.4 LION SHRINE STATUS: IF AN UNPAIRED INDEPENDENT ORGANIZATION RAISED
            $100,000 OR MORE FOR THONTM 2008 THAT PAIRING IS GRANTED A 5 TH DANCER
            COUPLE.
      3.4.5 Independent Dancers: There will be at least 5 Independent Couples with the possibility of
            more spots based on dancer space availability. If only 5 couple spots exist, and more
            than 5 Independent Student Couples would like to dance, they will be placed in a Lottery
            System as explained in section 3.6.
                    2.4.5.1 The number of independent couples is subject to vary year to year
                             according to organization fundraising totals and what the Overall
                             Committee deems a safe environment on the floor THON weekend.
      3.4.6 Alumni (DMAIG): Permitted two couples (four dancers).
      3.4.7 Each registering group IFC, PHC, NPHC, CCSG, MGC & SAAB: Guaranteed to have one
            couple (two dancers).
                    2.4.7.1 Please note, each of the aforementioned groups must raise the
                             minimum fundraising amount to secure their guaranteed spots.
      3.4.8 New Organizations: Permitted one couple (two dancers). There are tentatively 10 couple
            spots (20 dancers) for New Organizations. If there are more New Organizations that
            would like to participate in Dance Marathon than allocated dancer couples, a lottery will
            be held to determine which organizations are allotted a Dancer Couple. Please refer to
            section 3.6 for an explanation of the Lottery System.

  3.5 Registration Requirements
      3.5.1 Dancers must complete the online pre-registration as detailed in section 3.1 and found on
            the THINK website (think.psu.edu) through the 'Dancer Registration' link.
      3.5.2 THE REGISTRATION REQUIREMENT FOR EACH DANCER COUPLE IS $2,200. The
            Registration requirement must be presented at the time of registration or
            registration will be denied. Note: This does not include the $65 non-refundable
            Processing Fee. That is to be a separate check as mentioned in section 3.5.3.
                    2.4.2.1 Please note the registration requirement for each dancer couple is
                            subject to change each year.
                    2.4.2.2 COMMONWEALTH CAMPUSES: Commonwealth campuses are
                            required to fax their Dancer Registration Packet and the $65 processing
                            fee. In order to be eligible for the Lottery, all Commonwealth Campuses
                            must meet the minimum registration requirement by 5pm the last night of
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       3.5.3 THE PROCESSING FEE IS $65 PER COUPLE. Note that this processing fee is to help
             cover dancer expenses at Dance Marathon and should be paid out of organization /
             personal funds, not funds raised for THON. This includes any food, medical equipment,
             or any other outstanding, uncovered dancer-related expenses. Please hand in the
             Processing Fee with the Processing Form. Checks should be made payable to Penn
             State Dance Marathon.
                    2.4.3.1 Please note that the processing fee is $65 per couple. THESE FUNDS
                             WILL NOT BE RETURNED TO ANY POTENTIAL DANCER COUPLE.
                    2.4.3.2 The $65 processing fee can be paid in the form of cash or an ASA
                             transfer, which must be completed by the day of registration.

       3.5.4 Additional pledges to count towards organization totals can be collected until 12:00PM
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             on Monday February 16 , 2009. Pledge forms may be submitted until midnight on
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             Saturday, February 21 , 2009, but will not be credited to dancer or organization totals.
             Pledges will be accepted on the appropriate pledge book forms. THERE WILL BE NO
             EXCEPTIONS. Please see section 2.2 for Rules for Pledge Solicitations.
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       3.5.5 Please note, pledges to count towards lottery total are due Monday February 2 , 2009 by
             5PM.


  3.6 Lottery System
       The Lottery System for determining Independent Couples and New Organizations is explained
       below. It is the same for both situations and is run as one lottery.

       3.6.1 The number of chances that an organization or couple can obtain is contingent upon how
             much money they have raised for THON 2009. A couple or organization must raise, at
             least, the Registration Fee of $2,200 to be eligible for the Lottery. For each additional
             $500 raised over the base Registration Fee, the couple or organization will receive one
             additional chance. To calculate your number of chances, subtract $2,200 from the total
             raised then divide by $500 then add 1. I.e. if a couple raises $3,200, the couple will
             receive 3 chances in the lottery ($3,200-$2,200 / $500 = 2 +1 = 3).
       3.6.2 After registration is complete lottery dancers will be chosen by a computer program,
             which randomly selects dancers based on the amount of money they have raised.
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             Dancers will be notified no later than Thursday February 5 if they have been selected.

  3.7 Couple Assignment: All potential dancing couples including Greek organizations,
       independent organizations, independent dancing couples, commonwealth campuses and new
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       organizations must be pre-registered to dance by January 25 , 2009. All couple assignments
       should be handled within an organization prior to registration.

  3.8 Additional Couples/Waiting List
       3.8.1 If an organization or dancer couple declines their opportunity to dance for medical
             reasons or reasons otherwise not mentioned or there are not enough couples eligible to
             fill every number in the lottery, the dancers that have a total from THON 2008 that is not
             greater than the $2,200 minimum, couples will be picked starting with the largest total
             less than the minimum $2,200.
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       3.8.2 In the event that a couple drops out before the start of Dance Marathon, February 20 ,
             2009, the first Dancer Couple on the list will be notified.
       3.8.3 The order of the Waiting List is determined by the amount of money raised by the
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4.0     Floor Passes

The following is a breakdown of passes each organization will receive for THON weekend. The number of
passes each organization receives for THON 2009 will be based on their total from THON 2008. If an
organization switches partners from THON 2008 to THON 2009, the totals will be split and added with
their new partner‘s total. Please note that specific pass distribution info for your organization will be
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available on November 12 , 2008 on THINK (think.psu.edu).

If there any questions, comments, or concerns please contact Caitlin Zankowski, Overall Rules and
Regulations Chairperson (rules.regulations@thon.org). Your cooperation and understanding in this matter
is greatly appreciated!

    4.1 THON 2009 Organizational Passes
          4.1.1 General Organization Admission Pass (ORG): The General Organization Admission
                Pass is a Floor Access Pass (ORG) that will be valid from the official start of THON 2009
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                until five (5) hours prior to the conclusion, at 11AM on Sunday, February 22 , 2009.
                These passes are good for FLOOR ACCESS only; all other areas are PROHIBITED.
          4.1.2 THON Finale Pass: In addition to receiving General Organization Admission pass(es),
                organizations may also qualify for a number of ―THON Finale‖ passes. These passes will
                be valid for the final four hours of THON 2009. Passes will be awarded based on THON
                2008 totals. These passes are good for FLOOR ACCESS only; all other areas are
                PROHIBITED.
          4.1.3 Passes are subject to suspension by Caitlin Zankowski, the Overall Rules and
                Regulations Chairperson at any given time due to misconduct of an organization‘s
                members.
          4.1.4 The pass tables are subject to shut down and deny access to the floor at any given time
                due to capacity and safety issues.

    4.2 Pass Requirements and Information
          4.2.1 There will be information on THINK (think.psu.edu) available to all of the organizations
                confirming the number of General Organization Admission and THON Finale Floor
                Passes each group will receive. The amount of money raised for THON 2008 will
                determine the total number of floor passes your organization receives. Look for this
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                posting no later than November 12 , 2008, which is 100 days before the start of Dance
                Marathon 2009.

          4.2.2 ORGANIZATIONAL PASS LISTS REQUIREMENTS
                  4.2.2.1 Each organization must submit their pass list on THINK (think.psu.edu)
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                          through the ‗Pass Lists‘ link. All pass lists must be submitted by February 8 ,
                          2009 at 11:59pm.
                  4.2.2.2 Each organization in a pair must create their lists separately. Members of
                          your paired organization will not automatically be able to use your
                          organization‘s pass(es).
                  4.2.2.3 For the THON Finale Passes, organizations must indicate which
                          individuals will be on the floor for the end of THON by checking the
                          extra box on THINK when submitting your pass list.
                  4.2.2.4 A Rules and Regulations or Technology Pass captain will be your main
                          contact and assist organizations using THINK.
                  4.2.2.5 Family members may be placed on your pass list. PLEASE REMEMBER TO
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                             include on the list can be top money raisers not dancing, large donors or
                             supporters, etc.
                     4.2.2.6 When submitting a pass list, an organization‘s THON Chair and all dancers
                             should be present to verify that all desired persons are included on the list.
                     4.2.2.7 HAND WRITTEN LISTS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED!
                     4.2.2.8 All Pass Lists must be submitted and digitally signed by a designated
                             THON Chair of the respective Organization.
         4.2.3 Floor passes will be given to anyone on an organization‘s list. However, the number of
               individuals allowed on the floor is limited to an organization‘s number of passes.
               Example: Organization XYZ has four (4) passes to use. They place seven (7) names on
               their pass list. Not all seven people on the list will be allowed on the floor at the same
               time. The remaining individuals must wait for a pass from their organization to come off
               the floor before they can enter. Please inform your guests of this policy to avoid any
               possible difficulties.
         4.2.4 The situation mentioned in 4.2.3 could cause overcrowding at the pass table; therefore,
               organizations are encouraged to establish a plan so that this problem can be avoided.
         4.2.5 All organizations participating in THON for the first time and represented by a dancer
               couple will receive one General Organization Admission floor pass.
         4.2.6 Passes will NOT be given to those considered to be a threat to the safety of the dancers
               (i.e. intoxicated or overly obnoxious behavior). ANYONE SUSPECTED OF BEING
               UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL OR ANY OTHER SUBSTANCE WILL NOT
               BE PERMITTED ON THE FLOOR—No Exceptions! Immediate dismissal from the
               Bryce Jordan Center will be strictly enforced by Rules and Regulations captains,
               committee members, and Penn State Auxiliary Police if necessary. In addition,
               inappropriate actions could jeopardize the status of his/her organization and result
               forfeiture of floor visitation rights at THONTM 2009. In extreme situations, dancer
               couples and passes could be taken away for future Dance Marathons.
         4.2.7 THE OVERALL COMMITTEE, RULES AND REGULATIONS CAPTAINS ,THEIR
               COMMITTEE MEMBERS, AND POLICE SERVICES ALL RESERVE THE RIGHT TO
               DENY ADMISSION TO THE FLOOR AT ANYTIME.
         4.2.8 FAILURE TO MEET THESE RULES WILL RESULT IN FORFEITURE OF YOUR
               ORGANIZATION‘S FLOOR PASSES.
         4.2.9 DUPLICATING OR SELLING THE USE OF FLOOR PASSES IS STRICTLY
               PROHIBITED. Should any organization be found in violation, that organization will lose
               floor pass privileges for the remainder of THON 2009 and receive a reduced amount of
               floor passes for THON 2009 at the discretion of the Overall Rules & Regulations
               Chairperson.
         4.2.10          Questions, Comments, Concerns: Caitlin Zankowski, Overall Rules and
             Regulations, rules.regulations@thon.org

   4.3 Balls of any kind that could potentially hurt and individual (i.e. a baseball or football) are
         NOT permitted in the Bryce Jordan Center and will be confiscated by a Rules and
         Regulations captain or committee member without warning.

   4.4 Supersoakers: NO SUPERSOAKERS WILL BE PERMITTED IN BRYCE JORDAN
         CENTER (BJC) FOR THON 2009. Small squirt guns are permitted, but anything with a tank or
         ability to create damage is prohibited. The Overall Committee reserves the right to confiscate at
         any time throughout the weekend.


5.0    DANCER REQUIREMENTS
AS A DANCER PARTICIPATING IN THE PENN STATE IFC/PANHELLENIC DANCE MARATHON 2009 THERE
ARE SOME MEETINGS THAT ONE MUST ATTEND PRIOR TO THON W EEKEND. THESE MEETINGS WILL




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PROVIDE THE DANCER WITH IMPORTANT INFORMATION, COLLECTION OF MEDICAL BAGS, AND OVERALL
INSPIRATION.


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         5.1.1 Meeting #1: The meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 11 , 2009 the time and
               place will be announced at a later date. ALL ORGANIZATION CHAIRS AND DANCER
               COUPLES MUST ATTEND THIS MEETING! The following will be covered at this
               meeting:
                   5.1.1.1 Basic information on Preparation, Rules and Regulations and Dancer Tips
                            will be distributed and questions regarding those topics will be answered.
                            Any additional questions concerning Dance Marathon or the Four Diamonds
                            Fund will also be answered at this time.
                   5.1.1.2 Any dancer who will be taking medication over the course of Dance
                            Marathon Weekend MUST turn it in at this meeting. The Medication Bags will
                            be handed out to the Dancer Couples at Dancer Registration in January.
                            Place the medication in the brown medicine bags from Ritenour Health
                            Center. Write the Dancer‘s Name, Couple Number, Type of Medication, and
                            Dosage on the outside of the bag.
                   5.1.1.3 If you wish to turn in a poster, bring it to this meeting. The message on the
                            poster should contain some aspect of Dance Marathon and/or the couples‘
                            names and couple number. Poster size is restricted to 22‖x 28‖. It is
                            recommended that the posters be on poster board. Remember that THON TM
                            is a family event—No profanity please! We encourage creative decorations,
                            as long as they adhere to the above criteria. No glitter please.
         5.1.2 Dancer/Morale Socials: These meetings are all held during the two weeks prior to
               Dance Marathon. The meeting is specific to each Dancer/Moraler and is an excellent
               opportunity for the dancer to convey any specific needs or concerns to their Moraler.
               More specific meeting time information will be conveyed after Dancer Registration by the
               Morale committee.
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         5.1.3 Color Wars Kick-off: The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 13 , 2009 at
               9pm at the White Building. Details to follow via the THON listservs and website.
         5.1.4 Pre-THONTM Kick-Off Meeting (also known as Dancer Meeting #2): The meeting is
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               scheduled for Friday, February 22 , 2009 at 4:30pm at a location to be announced. This
               IS Dance Marathon, so please DO NOT BE LATE. The following will be covered at this
               meeting:
                   5.1.4.1 Dancer Bracelets will be distributed at this time.
                   5.1.4.2 The guidelines for the weekend will be reviewed and any questions will be
                            answered. Emergency plans will also be reviewed.
                   5.1.4.3 This would be a good time to stretch and GET READY FOR THE MOST
                            INCREDIBLE WEEKEND OF YOUR LIFE!!! FOR THE KIDS!!!
                   5.1.4.4 NOTE: NO MEAL WILL BE SERVED TO THE DANCERS DURING THIS
                            MEETING. IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT DANCERS EAT PRIOR TO THIS
                            MEETING.

   5.2 Dance Marathon Weekend
         ***DANCERS ARE REQUIRED TO FOLLOW THESE GUIDELINES THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND***.

         5.2.1 Couples should keep moving, or at the very least shift their weight from side to side. No
               hands or knees should touch the floor. Feet should remain on the floor unless stretching.
               Dancers are also encouraged to dance under their own power at all times: this includes
               not leaning against any foreign objects.




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       5.2.2 Food and beverages will be provided throughout the weekend. Anyone requiring a
             special diet (i.e. vegetarians) should arrange their own meals ahead of time with
             either friends or Moralers.
       5.2.3 FOR SAFETY REASONS, NO DANCER WILL BE PERMITTED TO LEAVE THE
             DESIGNATED ‗DANCER‘ AREAS DURING THE WEEKEND. LEAVING THESE
             BOUNDARIES WILL BE CONSIDERED A FORFEITURE OF THE DANCER AND
             EXPLUSION FROM THE EVENT.
       5.2.4 THE USE OF ALCOHOL OR DRUGS IS PROHIBITED THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE
             WEEKEND. ANY INDIVIDUAL (DANCER OR OTHERWISE) FOUND IN VIOLATION OF
             THIS RULE WILL BE REMOVED FROM THE FLOOR AND SUBJECT TO LEGAL
             ACTION. CIGARETTES WILL NOT BE PERMITTED AT ANY TIME DURING THE
             WEEKEND.


6.0   AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
  6.1 Overall Recognition
       THE OVERALL AWARDS ARE BASED ON THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA:
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       6.1.1 Money submitted by 5pm, Saturday, February 21 , 2009 will be guaranteed. Note: All
             checks written on an organization‘s account, or presented on behalf of an organization,
             for more than $9,999.99 must be in the form of a cashier‘s check.
       6.1.2 An example of the formula used to calculate awards is:

              Total cash donations (by Sunday, February 22nd, 2009)
              + Adjusted Pledge Total (by Monday, February 16th, 2009)
              - Organizational Penalties
              = TOTAL DONATION CREDITED FOR THON 2009

       6.1.3 The top three money raisers in each of the following categories will be recognized:
             Student Organizations, Greek Organizations and Commonwealth Campuses.

      6.2 Spirit Awards
             6.2.1   Spirit points will be awarded for attendance in various pre-THON events and for
                     participation and aid in certain THON initiatives. Participating organizations are
                     divided into two categories: Greek Organizations and Student Organizations
                     (including Independent dancer couples).
             6.2.2   Points will be awarded based on percentage of participation according to
                     organization membership.
             6.2.3   Accumulation of the greatest number of spirit points by Friday January 30, 2009
                     at 5pm results in first and second place winners from each category, which will
                     receive as follows:
                     6.2.3.1 First Prize: A booth at the 2010 THON family carnival, priority
                              registration for the 2010 Road to THON Celebration Dinner, 2 additional
                              General Organization pass for THON 2009, $2,000 accredited to your
                              organization's total Sunday morning of THON weekend, $50 gift card to
                              the THON store, and a special prize package for the winning
                              organization.
                     6.2.3.2 Second Prize: Priority registration for the 2010 Road to THON
                              Celebration Dinner, 1 additional General Organization Pass for THON
                              2009, $1,000 accredited to your organization's total, $25 gift card to the
                              THON store and a special prize packet for the winning organization.



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           6.2.4   Acquiring points
                   6.2.4.1 Stamp Drive- 10 points will be awarded for every 20 stamps submitted
                           to the THON office by January 30, 2009 at 5 PM. Stamps should be
                           placed in an envelope labeled with participating organization‘s name and
                           contact information (name and email address) of the THON Chair. For
                           more information contact Annie Keyes at donor.relations@thon.org.
                   6.2.4.2 Recycling effort- 10 points will be rewarded for every bag full of
                           recyclables turned in at the appropriate drop off locations. Bag should all
                           be labeled with the participating organizations name and contact
                           information (name and email address) of the THON Chair. For more
                           information on the recycling initiative please contact Joe Borst at
                           opperations@thon.org.
                   6.2.4.3 THON Night Outs and Trivia- Five point will be awarded for every
                           member of the participating organization each THON Night Out, THON
                           Skate or Trivia Contest they attend. Participants must sign in individually
                           with an Entertainment captain upon arrival at each event. For more
                           information on these events please contact Tom Chisena at
                           entertainment@thon.org.
                   6.2.4.4 THON Blood Drive- 5 points will be awarded for every member of
                           participating organizations who successfully donate blood during a
                           THON blood drive. In order to obtain points you must sign in upon
                           completion of donating. For more information on THON Blood drives
                           please contact Greg Tallman at communications@thon.org.
                   6.2.4.5 New Company Contact Requests- 5 points will be awarded for every
                           approved new company contact requests submitted to Donor Relations.
                           For more information on submitting New Company Contact Request
                           forms please contact Annie Keyes at donor.relations@thon.org
                   6.2.4.6 Kids Mail Call- Two points will be awarded per every 5 pieces of non-
                           specific kids mail submitted for kids mail call by January 30, 2009 by 5
                           PM. Mail should be submitted in a bag or envelope labeled with the
                           participating organizations name and contact information (name and
                           email address) of the THON Chair. For more information on Kids Mail
                           please contact Peter Clark at morale@thon.org.
                   6.2.4.7 THON 5K- Two points will be awarded for every member of participating
                           organizations who registers for the THON 5K. The THON 5K will be held
                           this year on October 26, 2008 and registration will begin on September
                           29, 2008. For more information please contact Sam O‘Brien at
                           special.events@thon.org.

           NOTE: The Entertainment Committee reserves the right to make changes to the
           spirit competition. Should any additions or changes be made, all organizations will
           be notified. If you have any questions please contact Overall Entertainment
           Chairperson, Tom Chisena at entertainment@thon.org.

7.0   DIAMOND AWARDS
      The Diamond Awards are based solely on the amount of money raised by a collective Student
      or Greek organization. This assumed organization includes either a single registered
      organization or a registered pair of organizations. In all cases, an Organization earns its
      Diamond Award status at the presentation of awards at the present Dance Marathon and
      carries it through until the next year's Dance Marathon. NEW ORGANIZATIONS
      OR ORGANIZATIONS THAT HAVE CHANGED PARTNERS FROM THON 2008 TO THON
      2009, HAVE NO DIAMOND AWARD LEVEL STATUS UNTIL THE FOLLOWING THON, AS



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          THEY HAVE NOT YET EARNED A STATUS AS A COLLECTIVE ORGANIZATION. Attaining
          Lion Shrine status enables the single registered organization or a registered pair of
          organizations to have five total Dancer Couples for Dance Marathon. The divisions are as
          follows:

    7.1 Award Levels

                      Award                 Organization Levels

                      Lion Shrine           175,000 and above

                      Silver Shoes          75,000 to 149,999.99

                      Blue & White Club     50,000 to 74,999.99

                      Four Diamonds         20,000 to 49,999.99

                      Three Diamonds        10,000 to 19,999.99

                      Two Diamonds          5,000 to 9,999.99

                      One Diamonds          1,000 to 4,999.99

                      Friends of THON       1 to 999.99


Note: Diamond awards, Levels "Four Diamonds" and up, will be distributed at an event to be held after
Dance Marathon.

7.2 Small business and Corporate donations to THON will be recognized through THON's Benefit
Structure. The benefits a company receives are based on the value of their contribution. There are ten
categories of donors and they are as follows:

                      Level                 Monetary Category

                      THON Supporters       $0-99

                      Friends of THON       $100-249

                      One Diamond           $250-499

                      Two Diamond           $500-999

                      Three Diamonds        $1,000-2,499

                      Four Diamond          $2,500-4,999

                      Blue & White Club     $5,000-7,4999

                      Silver Shoes Club     $7,5000-12,499




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                       Nittany Lion Shrine    $12,500-24,999
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                       For The Kids Club      $25,000




8.0     FOUR DIAMONDS FUND INFORMATION
        8.1 Hershey Trips

              **PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION CAREFULLY AND THOUROUGHLLY.**


         Each year, Penn State Children‘s Hospital offers tours to all students involved with the Penn
State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon. These tours provide a wonderful opportunity for Penn Staters to
comprehend the true spirit of THON and observe, first-hand, the significance of their yearlong efforts.
         While on the tour, students will see the hospital‘s in-patient and out-patient oncology units, meet
two child life specialists, a nutritionist, and a psychologist, talk with a social worker, tour the Four
Diamonds Pediatric Research Institute, and usually get the chance to meet a Four Diamonds family – the
real heart and soul behind THON.
         The tours start promptly at 10:00am and end around 2:15pm. However, students should aim to
arrive at Hershey by 9:45am at the absolute latest. Each visitor on the tour receives a complimentary
meal ticket worth $5.00 for the hospital‘s cafeteria. Parking is free. Students must arrange with
professors in advance if they will be missing class. Excuse notes will not be provided. Students are to
wear their organization‘s THON t-shirt, sweatshirt or other THON apparel. No sweatpants or
sleeveless shirts are to be worn. As a visitor, you are representing THON and the Penn State
community, so please dress appropriately. Students are responsible for providing their own transportation
to and from the Penn State Children‘s Hospital. It is approximately a two-hour trip from State College and
the drive is well worth it! Directions to Hershey can be found on the THON website (www.thon.org).
         Upon Arrival at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center, follow the green signage for Parking Lot
G and the University Physicians Center. After parking, proceed to the main lobby of the University
Physicians Center. A Four Diamonds Representative will be there to meet you. Please call the Four
Diamonds office at 717-531-6086 if you have any questions.
         Please use THINK (www.think.psu.edu) to request a Hershey Trip.

        RULES FOR HERSHEY TRIPS
        1. Any organization may apply for a reservation to visit the Penn State Children‘s Hospital.
        2. Your organization must have at least 6 people and no more than 12 people in order to reserve
          a spot. In addition, sometimes combinations of groups go on the same day. In all cases, a
          minimum of 10 people from any combination of organizations is required in order to have a trip.
          The absolute maximum for any one trip/tour is 12 people.
        3. Applications will be available on THINK in early September through the 'Request Hershey Trip'
          link.
        4. Only groups who have properly filled out a Hershey Trip Application will be eligible to attend.
          Please provide your first, second and third choices for dates your organization would like to go.
        5. Hershey Trip specific dates are posted on the THON website, www.thon.org
        6. Reservations will be granted on a first-come, first-serve basis. If your group is chosen to attend
          you will be contacted by the Hershey Trip Coordinator and your trip status will be confirmed in
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        7. Groups will provide their own transportation to Hershey. Directions will be available on the
          THON website.
        8. Please make your best effort to adhere to your reservation and scheduled time. If something
          unexpected comes up and you absolutely cannot make it, you must contact the Hershey Trip
          Coordinator AT LEAST 48 hours in advance of the trip.
        9. Tardiness is not acceptable. The tours will begin whether or not you are there.
        10. Cellular phone use is not permitted in the hospital. Phones must be turned off before entering
          the hospital.
        11. If you cancel less than 48 hours in advance of the trip or just fail to show for your
          scheduled date and time, you will forfeit your visit to Penn State Children‘s Hospital, as
          well as incur a fine of $200.00, which will be donated anonymously to the Four Diamonds
          Fund.

*IF YOU HAVE A COLD/VIRUS/FLU/ETC. OR ARE JUST FEELING SICK IN THE FEW DAYS (OR
DAY OF) YOUR TRIP, PLEASE DO NOT GO TO HERSHEY – FIND A SUBSTITUTE OR CANCEL!!!!
On the tours, you are taken through various units where your germs could detrimentally affect the
immune system of a sick child. There will be other trips in the future. If you have any questions at all
about your health and being able to attend your scheduled time, please contact the Hershey Trip
Coordinator as soon as possible and, if you cannot get in touch with him or her and have any doubt at all
about being sick, please do not go on the trip. Do not compromise the health of a child.

* Much effort goes into the planning of these trips. If you choose to disregard your confirmed reservation,
you are choosing to disrespect the children and the families of The Four Diamonds Fund, Penn State
Children‘s Hospital, the Dance Marathon Overall Committee, and The Pennsylvania State University.

* PLEASE REMEMBER: You are a visitor and guest of Penn State Children‘s Hospital. As such, you also
serve as are representative of The Pennsylvania State University and The Pennsylvania State
University‘s IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon. Hershey Trips are a privilege, not a right, so please act
accordingly. Everything is FOR THE KIDS!

* Directions to Penn State Children‘s Hospital from State College can be found online at www.thon.org

    8.2 Adopt-A-Family Information
          **PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION CAREFULLY AND THOUROUGHLLY.**

The Adopt-A-Family Program is one of the most special aspects of THON in that it allows Penn State
students and their corresponding organizations to pair up with a Four Diamonds Family, build incredible
friendships, and make a difference in the life of a child. Having the opportunity to adopt a family is the
most wonderful gift an organization can receive.
         Adopting a Four Diamonds Family is a gift that needs to be treasured, valued, and taken
seriously. It is a tremendous responsibility. The Four Diamonds Families are very special people and they
deserve to be taken care of to the utmost extreme. Those organizations lucky enough to have the
privilege to adopt a family will learn so much about inspiration, hope, and courage. They will meet real
heroes and will be forever changed as the result of having the opportunity to get to know and love a
family. The students and organizations will definitely realize that what they put into the Adopt-A-Family
Program, they will get back times infinity! So, they need to make sure to fulfill their part of the Adopt-A-
Family program.
         The Four Diamonds Families serve as constant motivation as to why we students put our hard
work and effort into the battle to conquer childhood cancer and they deserve all of the attention, care, and
love the Penn State students and organizations can give as participants in THON. Just remember that the
Adopt-A-Family Program is a wonderful way to impact THON and play a part in this fight against
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                                  Adopt-A-Family Program:
                           Organizations Standards and Guidelines

   I. A. Each member of the organization must read and agree to all of the terms listed. The
      designated THON chair‘s signature and Family Relations chair‘s signature (if applicable) on the
      contract represents the organization‘s willingness to be active in the adoption. The organization
      must fully complete the application and answer the questions provided. Applications can be found
      at www.thon.org (and will be posted September 16, 2008) and are due no later than
      Wednesday, October 15, 2008 at 5pm in Katie Austin‘s mailbox in 210 HUB. Late applications
      will not be considered. Upon approval based on the application by the Family Relations
      Committee, the organization will then be eligible for adoption of a Four Diamonds Family. The
      Family Relations Committee will then assign a family to the organization. In order for a family to
      be assigned to an organization, the family must give notice to the Family Relations committee of
      their intent to participate in the Adopt-A-Family program, either verbally or through sending in
      their THON 2009 Registration form. Note: Organizations must complete applications for their
      families each year to continue being paired with a family. Organizations may also wish to adopt a
      New Family in which case they must submit another application to receive a new pairing.

      B. Please note that a family‘s preference in the Adopt-A-Family program is most important. If a
      family requests not to continue a partnership with their organization, preference will be given to
      the family. Our goal within Family Relations and THON is to satisfy the needs of the Four
      Diamonds families first and foremost.


      C. Organizations wishing to apply for a new family should focus their application on the following
         criteria:
              a. Past THON involvement
              b. Goals for future THON involvement
              c. Specific ideas about how the organization plans on working with a family
              d. Expected time commitment the organization anticipates dedicating to a THON family
              e. The interests of the organization, such as athletics, music, hobbies, etc.


  II. The organization must delegate a specific member to be responsible for all family relations. His
      or her main responsibility will be:
              a. To supervise family relations with his/her organization and the adopted family
              b. To enforce the Adopt-A-Family Program: Organizations Standards and Guidelines.
              c. To provide encouragement and motivation towards family relations to all members of
                  the organization

          Note: The member responsible for family relations may also be the organization‘s THON
          Chair, though this is not suggested. In either case, the organization will be asked to identify
          the family relations delegated member at the first AAF meeting.

  III. The organization‘s family relations delegate must attend all Adopt-A-Family Meetings held by the
       Family Relations Committee. If for some reason he/she cannot attend, an alternate member must
       be in attendance. Please see consequences below if a delegate is absent from a meeting.
                            rd
              September 23 , 2008 – AAF application workshop (optional) - time and place TBA
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              October 28 , 2008 – AAF Meeting #1 (mandatory) – time and place TBA
              Mid-November – AAF Workshop #2 (mandatory)– FR Captain will contact FR Chair
                                     to schedule time and place
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               February 12 , 2009 – AAF Meeting #4 (mandatory) – time and place TBA

               Note: The organization‘s THON chair(s) and Family Relations chair must be present at
               FR Meetings #1 and #2. This is to ensure that all chairs are informed of their family
               relations responsibilities.

  IV. In addition to the Adopt-A-Family meetings, the organization‘s family relations delegate must
      attend one AAF workshop held by their designated Family Relations Captain. These smaller,
      more personal workshops will be helpful to discuss and share ideas, and see the progress of the
      relationship between the organization and the adopted family. These are set in place to reinforce
      the importance of the AAF program. The meeting will be used as a forum to discuss and share
      ideas between other organizations as well as the Family Relations committee. If for some reason
      he/she cannot attend, then an alternate must be in attendance. Please see consequences below
      if a delegate is absent from a workshop.

               Workshop #3 – Mid January 2009 time/date/place TBA

  V. To complement the Family Relations meetings and workshop, the organization‘s designated
     Family Relations captain will attend one general meeting of the organization and give a
     presentation on ways to enhance the organization and family‘s relationship through the AAF
     program. The presentation will also include a brief discussion between the FR captain and
     organization‘s members to ensure that all members understand the importance of creating a
     strong relationship with the family through the AAF program. The presentation will also ensure
     that the organization‘s family relations delegate is telling his/her organization about the content of
     the Family Relations committee‘s meetings.

               Workshop #2 – Mid-November 2008 time/date/place TBA

  VI. The organization must make initial contact with the family within the 2 weeks following the first
      AAF meeting at the end of October (date TBA). The organization‘s designated family relations
      chair must contact their family on behalf of the organization every 2 weeks. It is imperative to do
      so, and failure to complete these responsibilities will result in the organization‘s loss of Adopt-A-
      Family privileges (see specific consequences below).

 VII. The organization is responsible for corresponding with their designated Family Relations Captain
      regarding the progress of their relationships and contacts with their family. Every 2 weeks the
      organization should email summaries of the family relations activities to their designated Family
      Relations captain. It is imperative to do so, and failure to complete these responsibilities will result
      in the organization‘s loss of Adopt-A-Family privileges (see specific consequences below).

 VIII. The organization is subject to random ‗check-ups‘ in which their assigned Family Relations
       captain will check with their adopted family to ensure that the adoption is beneficial. The captains
       will also be checking on progress frequently with Linda Barry, Assistant Director of The Four
       Diamonds Fund.

  IX. Organizations that are new to the Adopt-A-Family Program, have been previously Red Flagged,
      or organizations that are paired with a New Family will have to submit an event planning form for
      the first activities planned with their family to the Family Relations Overall. These forms can be
      found on the thon website www.thon.org and after the event with the family has taken place they
      will need to submit a summary of the event to their assigned FR captain.

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        If an organization violates any of the above standards and guidelines set in place by the Family
        Relations committee, the organization will accrue ―points‖ based on the violation. These points
        will determine what consequence the organization will be faced with and will determine whether
        the organization can continue its participation in the Adopt-A-Family program.

                                         Adopt-A-Family Program
                          Misconduct of Standards and Guidelines Points System




Misconduct                                                                 Consequence

a. Organization fails to attend an AAF meeting or workshop                   1 point

b. Organization misses 2 meetings or workshops                               2 points

c. Organization fails to submit 2 bi-weekly reports in a row                 2 points

d. Organization is caught lying about contact with family                    4 points



             1-2 points= Meeting between assigned FR captain and organization‘s FR chair

             3 points= Meeting between assigned FR captain, FR Overall, Overall chairperson, and
             organization‘s FR chair, THON chair(s), and president

             4 points= Meeting between assigned FR captain, FR Overall, Overall chairperson, and
             organization‘s FR chair and THON chairs, mandatory organization workshop and selection of
             an FR co-chair or if necessary, new FR chair selected by the organization

             5 points= Meeting between assigned FR captain, FR Overall, Overall chairperson, and
             organization‘s FR chair THON chairs, and president, mandatory organization workshop and
             new FR chair selected by the organization. Discussion of removal of family-organization
             partnership. Organization will lose access to floor passes during THON weekend by the
             decision of the Overall Family Relations Chairperson. Organization is considered ―Red
             Flagged.‖

             6 points= Removal of AAF family and organization will be able to reapply for the AAF
             program after 2 years. Organization is considered ―Red Flagged.‖

Please note that a mandatory organization workshop (4 and 5 point penalty) means that in addition to the
FR presentation at the organization‘s general meeting (noted in 8.2 Section V), the FR committee will
hold a presentation at another general meeting to discuss the organization‘s misconduct.

Points may be accumulated over the course of the THON season. The points system begins once the
first AAF Meeting is held in October and continues until the last FR bi-weekly report is due.

The FR Overall Committee reserves the right to give points for any misconduct not listed in the rulebook
that the FR committee, FR Overall and the Overall Chairperson deem necessary. The FR Overall
Committee also reserves the right to hear both an organization and a family‘s side of the story when
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Please note: All check-ups, guidelines, and deadlines are in place to ensure that the adoptions reach
their ultimate success on both ends; the AAF program aims to satisfy both the organizations and most
importantly the Four Diamonds families. These rules and guidelines are not set in place to ‗punish‘ people
or make them worry about their relationships. When addressed properly, the relationships formed with
these families can be the best part of participating in THON. Please keep in mind that these rules are in
place to help organizations and to ensure that THON is always FOR THE KIDS!




9.0     THON CONTACT LIST

This rulebook should answer most questions regarding anything relating to The Penn State
IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon. If any rule is unclear or otherwise requires further explanation, please
contact the Overall Rules and Regulations Chairperson, Caitlin Zankowski (rules.regulations@thon.org).
For any general THON information or questions please contact the THON Office. The Overall Committee
can be contacted at the information listed below.

GENERAL THON INFORMATION/QUESTIONS:

THON office:        210 HUB/Robeson
Phone:              814-865-0510 or 1-800-392-THON
Web Site:           www.THON.org

OVERALL COMMITTEE EMAIL LIST:

Position                      Name                          Email
Overall                       Mike Hacke                    overall@thon.org
Communications                Greg Tallman                  communications@thon.org
Donor Relations               Annie Keyes                   donor.relations@thon.org
Entertainment                 Tom Chisena                   entertainment@thon.org
Family Relations              Katie Austin                  family.relations@thon.org
Finance                       Marguerite Moran              finance@thon.org
Hospitality                   Sam Merritt                   hospitality@thon.org
Merchandising                 Alice Endres                  merchandise@thon.org
Morale                        Peter Clark                   morale@thon.org
OPPerations                   Joe Borst                     opperations@thon.org
Public Relations              Nate Cecco                    public.relations@thon.org
Rules and Regulations         Caitlin Zankowski             rules.regulations@thon.org
Special Events                Sam O‘Brien                   special.events@thon.org
Supply Logistics              Carley Bria                   supply.logistics@thon.org
Technology                    Ryan Dickson                  technology@thon.org
IFC AVP                       Alex Middleton                ifc.avp@thon.org
Panhellenic AVP               Caihlin Durkin                phc.avp@thon.org
THON Advisor                  Barry Bram                    bqb7@sa.psu.edu

Other information regarding committees can be found at: www.THON.org
Secure donations can be made at: www.THON.org




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APPENDIX A - Vehicle Codes

**THE OVERALL COMMITTEE REQUIRES THAT ALL INDIVIDUALS ADHERE TO THE CANNING AND SOLICITATION
LAWS SET FORTH BY EACH STATE. IT IS A COURTESY THAT THESE STATES PROVIDE TO ALLOW US TO CAN IN
THEIR COUNTIES, SO PLEASE ABIDE BY THE LAWS. IT IS STILL RECOMMENDED THAT AN ORGANIZATION CHECK
WITH THE LOCAL COUNTY BEFORE CANNING IN THEIR AREA AND PROCURE A PERMIT TO SOLICIT IN THAT BORO OR
MUNICIPALITY. CERTAIN COUNTIES HAVE ADDITIONS TO THE LAWS SET FORTH BY THEIR STATE .**


   1.0 Pennsylvania
         While Canning, individuals are advised to adhere to PA vehicle code 3544 and 3545.

         Vehicle Code 3544
         Mandatory use of available sidewalk.--Where a sidewalk is provided and its use is
         practicable, it is unlawful for any pedestrian to walk along and upon an adjacent
         roadway.

         Absence of sidewalk.--Where a sidewalk is not available, any pedestrian walking along
         and upon a highway shall walk only on a shoulder as far as practicable from the edge
         of the roadway.

         Absence of sidewalk and shoulder.--Where neither a sidewalk nor a shoulder is
         available, any pedestrian walking along and upon a highway shall walk as near as
         practicable to an outside edge of the roadway and, if on a two-way roadway, shall walk
         only on the left side of the roadway. Right-of-way to vehicles.--Except as otherwise
         provided in this subchapter, any pedestrian upon a roadway shall yield the right-of-way
         to all vehicles upon the roadway.

         Vehicle Code 3545 - Pedestrians soliciting rides or business
         No person shall:

         1. Stand on a roadway for the purpose of soliciting a ride.

         2. Stand on a roadway for the purpose of soliciting employment, business or
         contributions from the occupant of any vehicle.

         3. Stand on or in proximity to a highway for the purpose of soliciting the watching or
         guarding of any vehicle while parked or about to be parked on a street or highway.




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APPENDIX B – ADOPT-A-FAMILY FORMS
Adopting a family is an opportunity that needs to be valued and taken very seriously. If you decide to
adopt a family, it will be a privilege. We have far more organizations participating in THON than we do
families, which is a wonderful statement about the efforts of Penn State students. The Adopt-A-Family
Program continues every year because it provides both the families and the organizations with inner
strength and inspiration. Your support to Four Diamonds families is the reminder that hope never
disappears. THON organizations find the motivation to give every day their best and to work for a cure;
the Four Diamonds families remind us that every thing we do in Dance Marathon is For The Kids.

Here is how the Adopt-A-Family procedure works:
   1. You and your organization must read through the Adopt-A-Family Program: Organization
        Standards and Guidelines, included in this packet. After thoroughly reading the guidelines, you
        must confirm your agreement with its terms and conditions by signing the application. EVERY
        THON CHAIR & FAMILY RELALTIONS CHAIR (if applicable) MUST SIGN THE APPLICATION.
   2. Fill out the Adopt-A-Family Application found on the THON website www.thon.org and in this
        packet and answer the response questions included. There are two applications, one for
        organizations applying to continue a partnership and another for organizations applying to receive
        a new family. Please note that organizations that have united to form a THON partnership need
        only to fill out one form. The applications will be available starting September 14, 2008 on the
        thon website www.thon.org. Please do not hesitate to contact the Family Relations Overall Katie
        Austin at family.relations@thon.org with any questions or concerns regarding the application
        process. Please note: The Family Relations committee will offer an optional AAF Application
        workshop in early October (date/time/place TBA). This workshop will include ways to make an
        organization‘s application the best it can be and the Family Relations committee will be available
        to answer any questions about either a new or continued partnership. This workshop is not
        mandatory, but is highly encouraged, especially for new organizations.
   3. Return items, the completed application and the typed responses, to Katie Austin‘s mailbox in
        210 HUB no later than 5pm on October 15, 2008.
   4. The THON chair AND the designated Family Relations chair must be present at the first AAF
        meeting on October 30, 2008, to find out the specifics of your adoptions. The place and time are
        TBA; please look for emails from Communications Overall Greg Tallman concerning this
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                                       Adopt-A-Family Application
                                 Organizations applying to continue a partnership

Please type the answers to the following questions separately. Then attach this completed form to your responses
and return it to Katie Austin‘s mailbox in 210 HUB no later than 5pm on Monday, October 15, 2008. It is
imperative that you answer each question fully and thoughtfully. Please provide proof where applicable and
available, i.e. if your organization took your child to a baseball game, please include pictures that do not need to
be returned. Thank you for your time, effort and most of all your participation. Please include ALL the THON
Chair/FR Chairs signatures (add more lines if needed).

    1. Why does your organization wish to continue its partnership with your previously paired Four Diamonds
       Family?
    2. What are some of the things you have done to establish a relationship with your family? (Please provide
       specific examples and proof i.e. pictures, e-mails, letters etc. nothing that needs to be returned so please
       use photocopies if necessary.)
    3. What ideas do you have to strengthen the relationship between your Four Diamonds family and
       your organizations members?
    4. Please explain how your organization plans to incorporate the adoption of a Four Diamonds Family into
       this year‘s THON season. Please be specific.
    5. Please elaborate on the delegation of THON responsibilities to specific members in your organization and
       especially on the delegation of Family Relations responsibilities to specific members in your organization.
       Please be specific.

ORGANIZATION (S) NAME (S):____________________________________________

What was the name of the family you have previously adopted? ____________________
How many years have you been with this family? _______

We, the THON chairs and the Family Relations chair of __________________________ organization, have read
and agreed to all of the terms stated in the Adopt-A-Family Program: Organization Standards and Guidelines. We
promise to encourage, enforce and adhere to all of the terms stated. If we fail to do so, we understand that we will
lose the privilege of participating in the Adopt-A-Family program for the future as well as incur other reprimands
from Rules and Regulations.
        1. Sign ____________________________ Print____________________________
             Phone Number _________________ THON CHAIR or FR CHAIR (circle)
             E-mail ___________________
        2. Sign ____________________________ Print ____________________________
             Phone Number _________________ THON CHAIR or FR CHAIR (circle)
             E-mail _____________________
        3. Sign ____________________________ Print ____________________________
             Phone Number __________________ THON CHAIR or FR CHAIR (circle)
             E-mail __________________________
        4. Sign _____________________________ Print ___________________________
             Phone Number __________________ THON CHAIR or FR CHAIR (circle)
             E-mail _________________________




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                                   Adopt-A-Family Application
                         Organizations applying for a New Four Diamonds Family

Please type the answers to the following questions separately. Then attach this completed form to your
responses and return it to Katie Austin‘s mailbox in 210 HUB no later than 5pm on Monday, October
15, 2008.. It is imperative that you answer each question fully and thoughtfully. If you are an organization
applying to receive another child, i.e. you have a child however would like to build a relationships with
another family new to Four Diamonds, you may repeat ideas that have worked with your current
partnership.

    1. Why does your organization wish to adopt a Four Diamonds Family?
    2. What are some of the things you could do to establish a relationship with a Four Diamonds
        Family?
    3. Please explain how your organization plans to incorporate the adoption of a Four Diamonds
        Family into this year‘s THON season.
    4. Please describe some ideas/activities that your organization could plan with a Four Diamonds
        family and include how you would be able to incorporate your whole organization in these
        activities.
    5. Please describe the mission of your organization and what hobbies and interests pertain to your
        organization.
    6. Please explain how much time your organization and your THON and Family Relations chairs
        plan to spend strengthening your relationship with a Four Diamonds family.
    7.    Please elaborate on the delegation of THON responsibilities to specific members in your
    organization and especially on the delegation of Family Relations responsibilities to specific members
    in your organization.

ORGANIZATION (S) NAME (S):____________________________________________

Has your organization previously adopted a family?  Yes                   No
If so, what was the family‘s name? ____________________________

We, the THON chairs and the Family Relations chair of __________________________ organization,
have read and agreed to all of the terms stated in the Adopt-A-Family Program: Organization Standards
and Guidelines. We promise to encourage, enforce and adhere to all of the terms stated. If we fail to do
so, we understand that we will lose the privilege of participating in the Adopt-A-Family program for the
future as well as incur other reprimands from Rules and Regulations.

    1. Sign ____________________________ Print____________________________
       Phone Number _________________ THON CHAIR or FR CHAIR (circle)
       E-mail ___________________
    2. Sign ____________________________ Print ____________________________
       Phone Number _________________ THON CHAIR or FR CHAIR (circle)
       E-mail _____________________
    3. Sign ____________________________ Print ____________________________
       Phone Number __________________ THON CHAIR or FR CHAIR (circle)
       E-mail __________________________
    4. Sign _____________________________ Print ___________________________
       Phone Number __________________ THON CHAIR or FR CHAIR (circle)
       E-mail _________________________




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                                        Adopt-A-Family Program
                                         Event Planning Form


Organizations that are new to the Adopt-A-Family Program, have been previously Red Flagged, or
organizations that are paired with a New Family will have to submit an event planning form for the first
activity planned with their family to the Family Relations Overall. Please submit the following form to
Katie Austin‘s mailbox in 210 HUB no later than 1 week before the planned activity.

Organization(s) Name(s): ________________________________________________

Four Diamonds Family: ______________________________
Four Diamonds Child: _______________________________

THON Chair(s) & FR Chair(s) (Please include ALL):
   1. Name _________________________ E-mail _________________________
      Signature _______________________________
   2. Name _________________________ E-mail _________________________
      Signature _______________________________
   3. Name _________________________ E-mail _________________________
      Signature _______________________________
   4. Name _________________________ E-mail _________________________
      Signature _______________________________

Event/Activity Planned: ______________________________
Date: _____________
Please include a description of the activity and an approximation of how many organization members will be
participating.




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APPENDIX C – THON Apparel Licensing
There are five companies in Centre County that are licensed to screen print shirts for THON (outside of
Centre County, please consult Alice Endres, Overall Merchandise Chairperson, merchandise@thon.org).
The licensed companies and their contact information are listed below. When you order your
organization‘s shirts from one of these companies you will be given the best price available. Also,
because these companies are licensed, THON will receive the trademark royalty fee in the form of a
donation. Using licensed companies ensures that the THON name and logo are not misused, and it also
brings in revenue for THON.

Be aware that using a company that is not licensed to print THON clothing is illegal. It is also not
permissible to use or alter an already trademarked logo or icons. If you attempt to submit a shirt that
violates this rule, it will not be printed. All designs must be submitted to Alice Endres, Overall
Merchandise Chairperson, at merchandise@thon.org and approved before being submitted to the
licensed vendor to print. If your organization is caught using an unlicensed vendor to print a shirt, it will be
punishable as outlined in Section 1.2 of this rulebook.

Please note that organizations are permitted to purchase appeal from third party suppliers, such as Rapid
Transit Sports, as long as the printing is outsourced to one of these five licensed companies.

Please remember that our five licensed companies work very hard to provide THON with their services. It
is incredibly important that organizations do not assume they can print t-shirts with out at least a two week
turn-around. Get orders in early and often throughout the year, and always thank the employees for their
hard work and support of THON.

These rules are very important, and the THON Overall Committee and Penn State appreciate your
cooperation with these licensing rules.

LICENSED COMPANIES:

Collegiate Pride – Debbie Mulhatten                Old State/Nittany Embroidery - Bill Griffith
Debbie@collegiateprideinc.com                      bgriffith@nittanyembroidery.com
3019 Enterprise Drive                              310 East College Ave
State College, PA 16801                            State College, PA 16801
814-237-4377                                       814-234-4146

Custom Stuff - Elizabeth Stephenson                PAMP - Pat McCool
customstuff@comcast.net                            pamp@dejazzd.com
240 Claremont Ave.                                 511 East College Ave.
State College, PA 16801                            Pleasant Gap, PA 16823
814-234-7833                                       814-359-2447

The Family Clothesline/J&W Interest
John Gummo
jpg@pennstateclothes.com
352-B East College Avenue
State College, PA 16801
814-237-1946




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APPENDIX D - Tax ID Information


To Whom It May Concern:

The purpose of this letter is to provide information for tax purposes regarding donations made to The
Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon. The Penn State Dance Marathon and affiliated fundraising
efforts are covered under the tax-exempt status of The Pennsylvania State University. All contributions
and in-kind donations are fully tax exempt.

                                   Federal ID Number: 24-6000-376

        The U.S. Treasury Department, office of the Commissioner of Internal Revenue, in a private letter
        ruling, dated September 9, 1949, has held that The Pennsylvania State University is an
        instrumentality of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and as such, is not subject to Federal
        Income Tax and contributions made to the University are deductible by donors. The current
        applicable provision of the Internal Revenue code is Section 115. The current law prescribes the
        manner and extent of the deduction for contributions. Internal Revenue Code Section 170 entitled
        ―Charitable, etc., Contributions and Gifts‖ provides for the allowance of deductions, percentage
        limitations, definitions, and other information.

        TAX-EXEMPT STATUS OF THE UNIVERSITY – The Pennsylvania State University is an
        instrumentality of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and as such is qualified as a proper
        recipient of income that is exempt from federal income tax by virtue of Internal Revenue Code
        Section 115. This precludes any requirement of obtaining an additional specific exemption under
        Internal Revenue Code 501(c) (3), since the University is already tax-exempt under Section 115.

        TAX DEDUCTIBILITY OF CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE UNIVERSITY –
        Contributions to the University are deductible for Federal Income Tax Purposes by virtue of
        Internal Revenue Code Section 170 (c) (1) and the applicable regulations there under.


Please feel free to contact me with any further questions, concerns, or comments. You can reach me via
email at Donor.Relations@thon.org.


For the Kids,


Annie Keyes
Overall Donor Relations Chairperson
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