Live for Every Victory

LEV- Hillel’s THON Organization

LEV (Live For Every Victory) is Hillel’s THON organization. LEV’s mission is to support Penn State’s Dance MaraTHON by fundraising and making donations to the Four Diamonds fund. We offer support for our THON child Layn Burger, and his family. And we pride ourselves on fostering a meaningful connection with our family and experience with THON for each of our members.

LEV was founded in 2005 as Penn State’s Jewish Organization benefiting THON. Since 2005, LEV has raised over $200,000. LEV’s THON family includes our THON child Layn a currently healthy 14 year old boy, his two brothers Romeo and Mason, his mother Tami, his dad Lonnie, and step dad Ralfi.

THON 2020


2020 LEV Dancers Jack ’22 and Sarah ’22 with LEV President, Rachel ’22.

Current Executive Board:

President – Rachel Rubin

Fundraising chair- Leo Hampel

Family Relations Chair- Andrew Hampel

Marketing and Social Media- Jack McCune

Stay Connected:

Instagram: @pennstatelev

Support LEV and Thon today: Check out our donation page!

Opportunities to get involved?

It is easy to get involved in LEV! Check out our Facebook page for information on times we are skyping with our family, fundraising, doing activities, or going on canvasing or canning trip! In addition, there are leadership opportunities to join the board every spring, and you can also apply to dance at THON on behalf of LEV!

The following positions are available for LEV Executive Board. All board members are required to attend weekly board meetings and any other position-specific meetings organized by THON. You ARE able to apply even if you intend on pursuing a THON committee.

Overall Chair 

  • Oversees all other chair positions and keeps the board motivated
  • Liaison between our organization and THON
  • Fills out monthly organization report
  • Meets one-on-one with Hillel staff person to make sure organization is moving forward
  • Leads weekly executive board meeting
  • Helps board members with their specified tasks
  • Organize LEV shirts for THON
  • Attend THON chair workshops

Family Relations Chair

  • Keep in touch with our THON family (or families)
  • Attend Family Relations THON chair meetings
  • Fill out bi-weekly Family Relations report on THINK
  • Arrange presents for LEV’s Four Diamonds child/children on birthday(s), holidays, etc.
  • Come up with new ways to involve LEV with our family (Ex. having different org members write the family letters, sending our Four Diamonds child a ‘count down till THON’ calendar, etc.)
  • Coordinate decorating of the family’s hotel room for THON weekend

Special Events Chair 

  • Plan pre and post THON events for LEV
  • Types of events:
    • 2-3 information sessions each semester with the rest of the exec board to keep members up to date
    • Socials, bonding activities
  • Work with FR chair to come up with fun ideas for org members to get to know the family

Public Relations Chair

  • Take minutes at weekly meetings
  • Create and update event pages on Facebook
  • Working with Director of Community Engagement (Hillel Staff Person) to submit marketing requests to Hillel in a timely manner
  • Social media updates
  • Take pictures of events and post them on Facebook group page
  • THON online donation page
  • Track attendance of members at events and THON weekend

Fundraising Chair

  • Gauge interest for canvassing trips after the involvement fair
  • Plan Canvassing trips throughout the year
  • Responsible for THONvelopes
  • Plan events/fundraisers that generate funds for LEV’s annual fundraising total
    • Contacting local restaurants to do partial proceed fundraisers
    • Work with Hillel to cover expenses on events and collect funds
    • Submit all fundraisers through THINK, including counting funds
    • Complete reports for all fundraisers
  • Work with organization members to apply for and manage donation boxes