Penn State annual THON underway
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — More than 700 Penn State students are spending the weekend awake and dancing the night away–and day away–in the 46-hour marathon dance marathon known simply as THON. Officially called the Penn State Interfraternity Council/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, the event, now underway, is billed as the largest student-run philanthropy in the world.
Students are dancing, and must remain upright, on the floor of the school’s Bryce Jordan Center to raise money for the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.
This year’s marathon started 6 p.m. Friday and continues through 4 p.m. Sunday.
THON has raised more than $101 million since 1977. Last year, students raised a record-breaking $12.37 million, a total they’re hoping to shatter this year. Part of the money is raised on weekend out-of-town trips, when students stand on street corners and outside of businesses and ask for donations. Other fundraising efforts are made throughout the weekend.