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.

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A GoFundMe page created in support of Beth Beckman, a Penn State graduate and former THON Captain, has already reached incredible success.
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For this coming year, the Special Interest Organizations—organizations created primarily for the purpose of supporting THON—will have a brand-new Executive Board bring them together: the S.I.A., also known as the Special Interest Association.
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THON 2014 Executive Committee
THON 2015 gets closer every day. Spring Captain applications are officially live, and anybody who thinks they have what it takes to lead a committee in the 2014-2015 school year can head to the THINK website and begin filling theirs out.
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Club Field Hockey Eli Sidler
CHEMOWARRIOR: The Eli Sidler Foundation is set to launch today, on what would have been Eli Sidler's 18th birthday. Sidler, who lost his life to Ewing's Sarcoma a little under two years ago, was the Club Field Hockey team's THON child for over seven years, and the team has continued to honor Eli's memory, through social media and support for both Bret and Sue Sidler.
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Megan Renaut
After the announcement of THON 2015’s Executive Director Megan Renaut was made this past week, we decided to catch up with her to find out her plans for the upcoming THON season.
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THON just announced the 2015 Executive Committee. Congratulations to those selected to lead THON next year.
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Megan Renaut
A month ago today, THON 2014 concluded with a record-breaking total reveal of $13,343,517.33, and tonight THON 2015 began with the announcement that Megan Renaut will lead the largest student-run philanthropy in the world for the next year.
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Lights. Camera. Cure.: The Hollywood Dance Marathon had its most successful year yet, raising $80,820.59 For The Kids. The total was announced last night after a six-hour dance marathon at the Avalon Theatre in the heart of Hollywood.
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Bobby Chen
While Penn State may hold a dance marathon that’s the largest student-run philanthropy in the world, it doesn’t hold the only dance marathon. There are many universities across America that fundraise in a year-long effort, have executive committees, and dance for hours on hours — just like we do — in support of all sorts of great causes. Here are a few we’ve ranked as the top fundraisers.
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THON 2014 Executive Committee
Applications for the THON Executive Committee are now available on under the Documents section and are due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 28 in 210 HUB.
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