THON Kids Fun Fest set for Oct. 26 at Penn State York

Penn State York’s THON Committee invites the community to celebrate fall during the Kids Fall Fun Fest set for 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at the campus (be sure to wear a costume). The event is $5 for each child accompanied by an adult and takes place in the Lion’s Den of the Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center. Proceeds go to the campus THON committee's effort to raise money for the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital. The Four Diamonds Fund helps children with cancer and their families. The Kids Fall Fun Fest will be over in time for those who want to head home to watch the Penn State vs. Ohio State football game which kicks off at 8 p.m. 

The $5 admission price for children includes a pumpkin to paint, participation in crafts, bobbing for apples, a costume contest, a slice of pizza and a drink. Pizza will also be available for adults to purchase and there will be a basket raffle.

This is just one of many events sponsored by the Penn State York THON Committee leading up to the 41st annual Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (THON), the 46-hour dance marathon, set for Feb. 21 to 23 at the Bryce Jordan Center at University Park. The theme for THON 2014 is “Redefine the Possibilities!” 

THON 2013 raised more than $12.3 million last year and broke its own record of more than $10.7 million, bringing the total raised in the history of the event to more than $101 million for the Four Diamonds Fund at the Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital since 1973.  Penn State York also broke its own record last year by raising more than $22,000, the largest amount the York campus has ever raised for THON.

THON, a year-round fundraising event, is the largest single donor to the Four Diamonds Fund, at the Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital in Hershey, Pa. The year culminates in a no sitting, no sleeping, two-day dance marathon. The mission of THON is to conquer pediatric cancer by providing outstanding emotional and financial support to the children, families, researchers and staff of the Four Diamonds Fund.

During THON weekend, more than 700 dancers and thousands of supporters come together at University Park in the hopes of one day finding a cure for pediatric cancer. Whether standing for 46 hours as a dancer, entertaining the crowd, taking care of the facility or even sitting in the stands, every person at THON plays a significant role in creating a community unified in support, compassion and understanding. This unity inspires students to fundraise throughout the year and lets families of the Four Diamonds Fund know that they have the care and support they need. This collective effort, involving more than 15,000 students, has become one of Penn State's greatest and most unifying traditions.

Anyone interested in supporting the dancers from Penn State York can send checks made payable to:

Penn State Dance Marathon or THON
Penn State York
1031 Edgecomb Ave.
York, PA 17403

Note "York, Org. 170" in the memo line of the check. Donations are also accepted online at Be sure to use the dropdown box and designate the donation for York and it will count toward the campus' total. Donations made to the local campus THON group will be credited to the local dancers and then added to the final total at University Park.

Last Updated October 31, 2013