Altoona tops Commonwealth campuses in THON earnings

ALTOONA, Pa. -- Penn State students outdo themselves every year when it comes to raising money for THON, and 2014 was no exception as last year's total was surpassed by about $900,000.

The astounding $13,343,517.33 total was unveiled at the close of the 46-hour no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon held Feb. 21-23 at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College. This is the tenth straight year that more money was raised than the previous year.

Penn State Altoona students raised more than $107,000, topping last year's contribution by about $1,500. Altoona also ranked first among the Commonwealth campuses in earnings.

Dancer Tiffaney Jarrett is blown away by the accomplishments of Penn State Altoona. "It's amazing, truly amazing," she said. "I'm still tired and sore, but it was so worth it!"

You can read more about Tiffaney's inspiration for dancing at online.

THON is the largest student-run philanthropy in the world, donating all proceeds to The Four Diamonds Fund, which in turn benefits the Penn State Hershey Medical Center and its young patients battling pediatric cancer.

Last Updated February 28, 2014