A Year in FOTO
A Year in FOTO
FOTO is a Special Interest Organization for Penn State THON, benefitting the Four Diamonds Fund to fight pediatric cancer. But for students who join FOTO, what does that look like? The year kicks off in August...

...with recruitment. Look for FOTO at the HUB Lawn Involvement Fair at the beginning of the semester, as well as the THON Involvement Fair. Officers are there to answer questions and help you join FOTO. Soon after, weekly meetings begin that keep everyone up to date on upcoming trips, contests, and fundraising opportunities

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Over the year there are meetings for a number of FOTO's committees, as well. Leadership and Donor Relations meetings are great ways to get involved, as are Family Relations (FR) meetings. Members who join the FR committee frequently interact with our three FOTO families and their amazing kids!
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During breaks from school, FOTO orchestrates fundriasers like ribbon sales and canvassing out in our members' communities! Opportunities like these are fantastic ways bond with others of the FOTO Family.

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Other trips have a different objective: fun with our families! Members who venture out to see the Eslingers, Knapers, and Tramels always return exhausted from a day's worth of hardcore playtime. The families come to Penn State, too, for things like FOTO Field Day or Penn State sporting events!
Fundraising doesn't stop when the trips do—there are bake sales to run in downtown State College, family candles to sell in the HUB, and some friendly competition to be had with other Special Interest Orgs, with funds on the line. Members are also encouraged to bring THON Donation Boxes back to their communities and set them up in public places (with permission!), send THONvelopes to contacts far and wide, and promote their personal DonorDrive web page connected to FOTO's total.
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As THON Weekend approaches, FOTO selects its official dancers, who get star treatment but can't sit, sleep, or leave the Bryce Jordan Center floor for all 46 hours of THON! Members gather on Friday afternoon in Pre-Line, to get hype and enter the BJC, ready to hold down FOTO's section for the weekend.
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Finally, at exactly 6 PM, everybody stands and THON is underway! Members (who can't sit either, even in the stands!) dedicate their weekend to cheering on our dancers, playing with our FOTO kids, and of course, dancing themselves and having a great time! By noon on Sunday, everyone dons their crisp FOTO Final Four shirts to power through to hour 46 at 4 PM. The THON total is revealed, as well as that of each Special Interest Org.

In the case of THON 2018, FOTO raised $113,409 through a year of dedication and fun—earning 4th place among all SI Orgs! Joining FOTO means diving into opportunities to laugh, cry, and make a difference with faces both new and familiar.
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Sound like a fun year?

Find out for yourself! (It is.)

Help FOTO help countless others!

Donate to the Four Diamonds Fund through FOTO's THON DonorDrive page!

©2019 FOTO

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