Drew Seeley and his fiancée Amy Paffrath , Kenton Duty, Daniel Curtis Lee, Tyler James Williams, Gia Mantegna, Drake Bell, Christian Serratos, Devon Werkheiser were among the celebrities that hit the red carpet at the Lights Camera Cure 2013 Dance-A-Thon to benefit Four Diamonds Fund held at Avalon in Hollywood on Sunday night, January 29. The Hollywood scene was in full force with volunteers, sponsors, family and friends with the intention to dance the night away in order to raise funds to benefit pediatric cancer patients and their families.
The event, based off of THON at Penn State University, benefits the Four Diamonds Fund whose mission is to conquer pediatric cancer by providing outstanding emotional and financial support to the children, families, researchers, and staff of the Four Diamonds Fund.
The Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon is a year-long fundraising and awareness campaign for the fight against pediatric cancer. This effort engages more than 15,000 students across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in hopes of finding a cure.
The year culminates with a 46 hour no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon known as THON Weekend. The event is held at Penn State’s Bryce Jordan Center each year in the month of February. This year THON is scheduled for February 16, 2013.
Now with the West Coast locking the East Coast effort, THON came to Hollywood for the second time, this years during Lights, Camera, Cure, a six-hour dance party at Avalon Hollywood Inspired by Penn State’s 46-hour Inter-fraternity Council/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, 170 dancers, a mix of Penn State alumni and Los Angeles natives of all ages, busted moves with Hollywood celebrities, who strolled into the historic Spanish cathedral-turned-nightclub on the red carpet conquering a celebrated cause that raised $67,851.10 for The Four Diamonds Fund.
The event opened with high energy hosts: Devon Werkheiser & Gia Montegna, Singer/Songwriters: Drake Bell and Kait Weston both full of enthusiasm inviting celebrities and dancers on the floor to keep up the momentum for such a worthy cause.
During Kait- Weston’s introduction, she mentioned the importance of this event, having participated last year, encouraged her to join this year’s event with her own group of dancers raising the most out of all the fundraisers with a total of $4,670.00. She said she went canning on Hollywood Boulevard, and donated nearly $1,000 by herself.
As the event unfolded, there was a touching moment by the surprise visit on stage of Shayne and Anne Beecher, the parents of THON child Charlie Beecher. Shayne thanked the audience for their support to the Four Diamonds Fund, which he credits for saving the life of his son, who is now two years cancer-free. “Starting in the Mary White Building, Rec Hall, Bryce Jordan Center and now the Avalon Theatre in Hollywood…It’s now official, we are coast to coast, and this isn’t a Pennsylvania thing, it’s not a California thing, it’s a global thing,” Shayne Beecher said. “Let’s beat cancer.”
Followed by baton twirlers Blue Band Feature Twirler Matt Freeman, Purdue’s Golden Girl and Miss Indiana Merrie-Beth Cox and former Blue Band Feature Twirler John “Baton” Mitchell, the crowd came back to a full energy dance a THON while guests had an opportunity to bid on items such as tickets to TV shows, memorabilia, and general sponsor items.
As Light, Camera, Cure in Los Angeles contributed to the THON this February 16th, the awareness and the need to support this causes grows as cancer knocks at anyone’s door, regardless of time or place, it does not need a passport and an ID is never required.
Being part of this event was such an honor as I was able to experience the passion and full-spirited vive of all the dancers, families, celebrities, sponsors, volunteers and philanthropists alike.
For more information or venues to contribute the THON –February 16th, 2013 please visit: http://www.thon.org , Phone: 814-865-0510 or 800-392-THON (8466)