GREENVILLE, Pa.—Phi Theta Phi Walk-A-Thon chair Vincent Mion ’19, next year’s walk chair Matt O’Connor ’20 and brothers Nathaniel Hill ’20, Alex Pollock ’21 and Nick Mott ’21 will appear on Pittsburgh television station KDKA’s broadcast of its telethon for Children’s Hospital to present a check for the $54,234 they raised with this past weekend’s walk.
The brothers of Phi Theta Phi will present their check at 5:30 p.m. during the 65th Annual KDKA Free Care Fund Benefit Show, which is broadcast live from the Eat’n Park Atrium at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and PPG Wintergarden on Thursday, Dec. 13. Television coverage begins during the news broadcast at 4 p.m. and the live one-hour benefit show will air from 7 to 8 p.m. on KDKA-TV. KDKA Radio will broadcast from 3 to 7 p.m.
“I am very proud and excited to be part of this tradition,” Mion said. “Our organization has raised more than $1.6 million for Children’s Hospital during these 50 years. I cannot thank enough the community, our alumni, our brothers and the donors who made this walk memorable. The members are grateful for the support of our alumni who donated and or came back for the walk this year. They mentor our brothers to be strong leaders who place tremendous value on our civic duties. Our members also want to thank and recognize the College community, our proud sponsors, the police officers and fire departments and the great people of western Pennsylvania, who all contribute to make this endeavor possible.”
In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Phi Theta Phi’s 100-mile walk from Thiel College to Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital, alumnus and Thiel College trustee Carl A. Hoffman Jr., D.O. ’69, H’10, and his wife, Theresa H’16, announced their company, PrimeCare Medical, Inc., donated $25,000 for this year’s event. Hoffman was a participant in the first walk in 1968.
“Phi brother and Thiel graduate Carl Hoffman really helped make this year’s walk extraordinary. It’s incredible to think about his participation in the first walk in 1968 and then for him to participate in the start of our walk in Greenville this year,” Mion said.
Hoffman was joined by fellow first-walk participant Fred Wineman ’68, who walked the opening leg and accompanied the fraternity through the entire trip.
The first Walk-a-Thon was held in February 1968 and raised $1,100. Since that time, the fraternity has raised more than $1.6 million for the Free Care Fund at the hospital, which provides financial assistance for families regardless of their ability to pay for their children’s medical costs. The 2019 walk will take place Dec. 6-7.
In 2014, Phi Theta Phi was acknowledged as one of the Top 10 donors to the Fund. The Pennsylvania House of Representatives and the Pennsylvania Senate have recognized the chapter for its service, and in 2002, the Association of Fundraising Professionals recognized them as an outstanding philanthropic organization. In 2015, the College gave the fraternity the Service to Thiel Award.
About Thiel College
Thiel College is a private liberal arts institution founded in the Lutheran tradition. Located in Greenville, Pa., the College offers 60 majors and minors, 25 varsity sports, and a 10:1 student-faculty ratio to more than 900 students. A dedicated faculty paired with dynamic research and internship opportunities produce numerous graduate school and job placements. Coeducational from its beginnings, the College remains committed to combining tradition with innovation as it celebrates 150 years.