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Our Best Features From THON 2023

THON 2023 is in the books.

After 46 hours of standing and dancing, THON announced it set a new single-year record with a fundraising total of $15,006,132.46, shattering the previous record set last year by more than $1.2 million.

Throughout the weekend, our team was in the BJC to capture THON 2023 in its entirety. Check out our favorite posts from this year’s THON Weekend.

707 Dancers, 7 Features

‘This Is Home’: Former THON Child Tucker Haas Dancing In THON 2023 — Lizzie Palmieri
Childhood Cancer Survivor Noelle Talarico Embracing Experience As THON 2023 Dancer — Haylee Yocum
THON History Lesson: Atlas’ Fuzzy Pink Hats — Colleen Nersten
Puerto Rican Student Association Dancers Represent In THON 2023 — Gracie Mullan
Student Nurse Kasey McMahon Honoring Cousin As THON 2023 Dancer — Ashley Connington
‘The Pinnacle Of My Career’: Nittany Lion Mascot’s Journey To Dancing In THON — Mara McKeon
Marissa Hunt & Emma Wolfe Taking THON Talents From Stands To Floor As Dancers — Joe Lister

Wacky, Weird, & Wonderful

What To Do On The BJC’s Jumbotron At THON 2023 — Joe Lister
Crafting The Best THON Haikus — Tobey Prime
Power Ranking Names Seen On The Jumbotron At THON 2023 — Charlie Pegler
Types Of People You’ll See On The THON 2023 Concourse — Megan Kelby
Takeaways From Penn State Football’s THON 2023 Pep Rally Routine — Sam Fremin
[Video] What’s In Your Fanny Pack?: THON 2023 — Grace Cunningham, Tobey Prime, & Rico Gore
THON 2023 Pep Rally Superlatives — Keeley Lamm
10 Questions With The THON Orange Inflatable Girl — Joe Lister

Let’s Check In On Those Dancer Relations Captains!

THON 2023 Line Dance Lyrics — Gabe Angieri
Power Ranking The THON 2023 Line Dance Lyrics — Colleen Nersten
What’s Missing From The THON 2023 Line Dance? — Ashley Connington
‘Genius Lyrics’ Breakdown Of THON 2023’s Line Dance — Sam Fremin

Touching Moments & Guest Speakers

State College Mayor Ezra Nanes Officially Declares State College ‘City Of THON’ — Sam Fremin
Penn State Alumni Association CEO Paul Clifford Offers Encouragement During THON’s Saturday Afternoon Slate — Connor Krause
Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro Speaks At THON 2023 — Gabe Angieri
Kids & Teens Bring Multitude Of Talents To THON 2023 — Haylee Yocum
Former Penn State Quarterback Matt McGloin Emceeing THON 2023 Pep Rally — Gabe Angieri
Bendapudi, Kraft, & Franklin Prep THON 2023 Crowd Ahead Of Pep Rally — Sam Fremin
‘It’s Really Surreal’: Checking In With Tucker Haas On The Floor Of THON 2023 — Lizzie Palmieri
THON 2023’s Family Hour Reminds Us Why We THON — Mackenna Yount

Surprise Performances, Musical Acts Electrify The BJC

Natasha Bedingfield Shows There’s No ‘Love Like THON’ In Friday Night Performance — Gracie Mullan
Pop-Punk ‘Royals’ Rock The Stage At THON 2023 — Adam Babetski
Cody Sabol Thrills THON Stage With Intense Speed Painting Session — Connor Krause
Whethan Shows ‘Superlove’ To THON During Saturday Night DJ Set — Lizzie Palmieri
Donny Burns & The 3rd Degree Rocks The Stage In Early Sunday Morning Hours — Devon Craley
‘My Hero Zero’ Performs At THON For Thirteenth Consecutive Time — Nolan Wick
‘One More Song’: Adam And The Armadillos Hold Down Country Hour At THON 2023 — Joe Lister
THE BAND LIGHT ‘Can’t Back Down’ Following THON 2023 Performance — Keeley Lamm
GoGo Retro Brings The Energy During THON 2023’s Final Performance — Connor Krause

THON 2023 Through Our Lens

[Photo Story] THON 2023’s Human Tunnel — Annie Kubiak
[Photo Story] Natasha Bedingfield Releases Her Inhibitions At THON 2023 — Colleen Nersten
[Photo Story] Greek Letters At THON 2023 — Annie Kubiak
[Photo Story] The Best Photos From Day One Of THON 2023 — Alysa Rubin
[Photo Story] A Cut Above: THON Hair Donations — Alysa Rubin
[Photo Story] Penn State Football Hosts Annual THON Explorers Event — Jack Anderson-Jussen
[Photo Story] Kids Get Sporty At Athlete Hour — Alysa Rubin
[Photo Story] THON 2023 Kids’ Talent Show — Adam Babetski
[Photo Story] A Look At The THON 2023 Pep Rally — Colleen Nersten
[Photo Story] The Best Photos From Day Two Of THON 2023 — Annie Kubiak
[Photo Story] 46 Of Our Favorite Photos From THON 2023 — Annie Kubiak

Finally, here’s the moment when it was revealed THON 2023 raised $15,006,132.46 all For The Kids, breaking the single-year record for the second consecutive year. For complete coverage of THON 2023, you can check out our live blog, which was updated throughout the 46-hour dance marathon.


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