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 a handful of which were unaffiliated with any organization.

THON is not limited to THON Weekend, which will be held on February 20-22, 2015 in the Bryce Jordan Center. In the leadup to the Dance Marathon, THON organizes events like the THON 5K, the THON Family Carnival, THON Awareness Week and more.

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The first canning weekend is, at last, upon us! No matter what organization you're going with, there are bound to be a few characters in the mix. We came up with a few of them.
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Whether you're a canning vet or a newbie, these tips are important to remember for this weekend.
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A-7, a special THON organization, recently announced that it is now accepting bitcoin donations, an unprecedented method in THON history.
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In case you thought you couldn’t be any more excited to Empower the Dreamers at THON this year, the official 2015 Penn State Dance Marathon Promo Video is here to prove you wrong.
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Although it’s natural to be disappointed that you didn’t snag the coveted committee member role for THON 2015, that doesn’t mean that you can’t still play an important part in the THON community. There are plenty of ways you can still take part in the fight against pediatric cancer this year.
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Just like in years past, the THON Executive Committee revealed THON 2015's theme prior to the Homecoming Parade: "Empower the Dreamers."

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