Penn State sports teams flashed their dance moves on the stage Saturday at THON 2016, the world’s largest student-run philanthropy.
The world’s largest student-run philanthropy is back at it, as Penn State’s annual “THON” kicked off late Friday afternoon at the Bryce Jordan Center.
How are you spending this weekend? If your answer to that question is dancing without stopping for two straight days, there’s a good chance you’re a Penn State student participating in the giant annual dance marathon — a.k.a, THON — to raise awareness of and funding for treatment of children’s cancer.
THON, the largest student-run philanthropy in the world and Penn State’s annual dance marathon that benefits the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital, came to a close Sunday afternoon. This year, the three-day event yielded a record $13,343,517.33, and that figure was trending worldwide on Twitter. Check out videos and pictures from the event.
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For the past 37 years, Penn State University’s student body have pulled together the largest student-run fundraising effort, called THON. Many universities have dance marathons to support charities, but Penn State students blow it out at a scale that is unmatched. The student body has successfully raised more than $100 million for pediatric cancer patients and research. This year’s effort is expected to clear $12 million in donations.
At Penn State, the annual dance-a-thon (aka THON) is arguably the biggest campus event of the school year. As is the case at Indiana – who we featured earlier this fall – THON raises an enormous amount of money in support of pediatric cancer patients and the search for a cure. Last year, THON raised $12.37 million.
Penn State, you did it again. For the second consecutive year, THON, the school’s annual fundraiser, set a record for money raised to help fight pediatric cancer. This year, the students’ 46 straight hours of dancing, which concluded at 4 p.m. Sunday, resulted in $12.3 million. Add it all up, and since the event debuted in 1977, it’s raised more than $100 million for the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.