THON

More commonly referred to as THON, the most ubiquitous event on campus has been in existence since 1973. Currently benefiting the Four Diamonds Fund at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Children’s Hospital, earlier marathons raised money for various charitable endeavors, ranging from the American Heart Association to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. THON has raised over $100,000,000 since its inception.

Running such a large organization takes a lot of manpower. There are fourteen committees, each with an overall chairperson and about 20 captains, that are responsible for all facets of THON, from fundraising to logistics. In total, there are about 15,000 volunteers that make sure the event and everything leading up to it go as smoothly as possible.

In addition to committees, student organizations, both Greek and independent, raise money for the Four Diamonds Fund through canning and other means. There are multiple canning weekends throughout the school year. It is from these organizations that the majority of the THON dancers are drawn. In 2013, there were 710 dancers, only of which were unaffiliated with any organization.

THON is not limited to THON Weekend, which was held on February 21-23, 2014. In the leadup to the Dance Marathon, THON organizes events like the THON 5K, the THON Family Carnival, THON Awareness Week and more.

Latest Posts
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DJ Larry Moore's days providing the music for THON have come to an end after more than 20 years. Starting in 2015, the Entertainment Committee will be solely responsible for the music, according to the THON blog.
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THON has changed some dates around for the upcoming year after mistakenly scheduling the first canning weekend over Yom Kippur.
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Hearts melted earlier this week when this heartwarming video starring a young cancer patient and her nurse became a viral phenomenon. The video stars Kamryn, a 7-year-old battling Kidney Cancer and her nurse, a former Penn Stater and avid THONer, Tom Shelley lip syncing to the classic tune “Love is an Open Door,” from Frozen. What started as a simple way to cheer Kamryn up during a trip to the hospital for a blood transfusion soon gained national attention when Kamryn's mother and biggest supporter uploaded the video to the #TeamKamrynn Facebook page on July 3.
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Michael Pilato recently added some larger-than-life Penn Staters to his Inspiration Mural, which he unveiled over Arts Fest Weekend. Pilato, arguably State College's most famous artist, added individuals from all aspects of Penn State, from athletics to the arts and most notably, THON.
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THON has officially earned a top spot in Business Insider's list of the 20 Best College Traditions in the U.S. The list, which was announced on Monday, compiles some of the some of the most popular and memorable collegiate traditions.
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The third of Major League Baseball's games benefitting THON was announced over the weekend, and it will pit the Philadelphia Phillies against the San Francisco Giants on July 23 at Citizens Bank Park.
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The Pittsburgh Pirates will host a pair of games at PNC Park to benefit THON and the Four Diamonds Fund on June 26 and 27, the third straight year the Buccos are hosting two for the cause. The Pirates will play the New York Mets, who also just announced the date of their THON game, at 7:05 p.m. on both dates. Swell promotions accompany each contest — fireworks will follow the first game, and free T-shirts can be had at the second.

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Looking to catch a baseball game this summer? Interested in continuing to support THON? Want to kill two birds with one stone? Now’s your chance! Join the Hope Gala and the New York Mets for the second annual Hope Gala Game benefiting the Four Diamonds Fund on Sunday, August 17th at 1:10p.m.
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Pull out your calendars; THON announced its important dates for events throughout the THON 2015 fundraising season.
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Penn State baseball players got some fresh cuts FTK after their game Sunday.
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