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Reading Royals night to benefit THON

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 The Berks County Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association and the Reading Royals are teaming up to hold a fundraising event to benefit THON, the world's largest student-run philanthropy dedicated to supporting children with pediatric cancer and their families, on Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 7 p.m. at the Sovereign Center in Reading.

Jay Paterno, former member of the Penn State football coaching staff for 17 years and quarterback coach for 12 years, and Josh Brandwene, Penn State's first varsity women's ice hockey coach, will be the keynote speakers. Brandwene will also drop the ceremonial first puck of the game.

Tickets for the game are $15, and $5 from every ticket purchased through the chapter or through the event web site (royalshockeyevents.com/psu) will be donated to THON.

The chapter will also host a dinner at the Sovereign Center, which is open to alumni, students, and the general public. Doors will open at 5 p.m. and the dinner includes chicken parmesan, baked spaghetti, mixed vegetables, Caesar salad, breadsticks, dessert, and beverages. Tickets for both the dinner and the game are $30, with $5 being donated to THON. Individuals who already have tickets to the game and would like to attend the dinner can do so for $15.

The Reading Royals will wear special Penn State football-themed jerseys. These one-of-a-kind game-worn jerseys will be autographed by the players wearing them and auctioned off following the game, with a portion of the proceeds also benefiting THON.

To keep with the Penn State tradition, the Royals have received special permission from the ECHL to wear jerseys that do not include nameplates on the back, and the Royals logo will be in the traditional bowl game patch location.

Last year’s Reading Royals night, hosted by the Berks County Chapter of the PSAA, raised nearly $15,000 for Penn State Berks benefitting THON.

In addition, the THON families who are sponsored by the Berks campus group will be at the event to meet the Royals players and watch the pre-game warm-ups from the Royals bench area, and Penn State Berks students will be “canning” for THON in the arena during the game.

The deadline to order tickets from the web portal is Friday, January 20. To order tickets, please visit the event Web site at royalshockeyevents.com/psu.

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