THON message from Band Together

To our ABBA family,

We hope you’re staying safe and healthy! Band Together is off to a strong start despite navigating these new circumstances. We’ve mostly been having our meetings over Zoom which was an adjustment at first, but hanging out digitally in the comfort of our homes can still be a good time. We are fortunate to have dedicated Band Together members that are willing to stick together no matter what.

In September, we tried to bring back some game day nostalgia with a sub fundraiser that many people participated in! We sold subs to members of the Blue Band to reignite those memories of eating a sub at 9am on a game day. We also had our first few meetings around that time.

October marks 5 years since our THON angel Kayla’s passing. Kayla Nakonechni was a Penn State student— after dancing in THON 2013 she experienced health complications and was later diagnosed with Astrocytoma, a type of brain cancer. She passed away on October 14th, 2015. We were fortunate to have her mother, Jeanne, join us for a meeting to talk about her story and get to know our members. This week, we had our annual “Purple Out” at Blue Band rehearsal where we encouraged people to wear purple and grey in support of Kayla and her family.

purple out


As of right now, we have our organization DonorDrive set up! Donordrive is an easy, digital way to support THON by making direct donations. If you are interested in donating, you can visit the Band Together DonorDrive at

Thank you so much for your continued support throughout the years. We are forever grateful for all members of ABBA. Once again, we hope you and your families are staying safe. Even though we won’t be able to see you all at homecoming this year, we always have our Blue Band family.


Sarah Parko and Ally Ward


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