Mont Alto's THON effort its biggest to date

Penn State Mont Alto sent two students and 65 plus supporters last weekend to the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, affectionately referred to as THON, at University Park. The Mont Alto THON group raised pledges totaling more than $33,000, a record for the campus. The Franklin County community at large contributed the most ($21,543.74) via collection cans at area businesses and to students canning on foot in the community. The Potomac Valley Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association sponsored the team.

The students—Kyle Kirkpatrick from Hanover, Pa., (Junior) and Zeb Thorson from Carlisle, Pa., (Junior)—began dancing Friday evening and remained on their feet for 46 hours. THON is the largest student-run philanthropy in the world and has raised more than $100 million for The Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Children's Hospital to fight against childhood cancer. Penn State students raised a total of $12,374,034.46 at THON this year alone.

Mont Alto students collected community donations on weekends between October and January in Chambersburg, Waynesboro, Gettysburg, and Greencastle.

Visit www.thon.org for more information.

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Last Updated February 20, 2013