Beaver students break campus record, raise $15,400 for THON

This year Penn State Beaver students broke a campus record by raising $15,403.38 for Penn State’s THON. The announcement was made last week by J. Parker Goolsby, Beaver’s residence life coordinator and THON adviser. Last year Beaver students raised $15,000, Goolsby said.

This year’s Penn State Interfraternity Council/Panhellenic Dance Marathon raised a record $13,343,517.33 for The Four Diamonds Fund which supports children and their families battling pediatric cancer at Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Since its inception 42 years ago, THON has raised more than $114 million. The event, which was held in the Bryce Jordan Center at Penn State University Park, is the largest student-run philanthropy in the world.

Twenty-four Beaver students traveled with Goolsby to participate in THON. Beaver’s dancers were Audrey Zanath, a junior education major from Aliquippa, Pa., and Matthew Downing, a junior science major from Elgin, Il. The other students, known as “moralers,” made the trip to provide comfort and support for the dancers.

For information about Beaver’s THON efforts, contact Goolsby at or 724-773-3952.

Last Updated March 03, 2014