Greater Allegheny students ramp-up efforts for THON

MCKEESPORT, Pa. — Students at Penn State Greater Allegheny and all of Penn State’s campuses are raising money and gearing up for the University’s annual dance marathon known as THON, which raises money for children with cancer.

Dancers will attempt to stay on their feet for 46 hours at the event, which takes place from Feb. 19-21 at the Bryce Jordan Center at University Park. The two dancers from Greater Allegheny are Carla Fiumara, a second-year communication sciences and disorders major, and Emilie Betters, a third-year psychology major.

A spaghetti dinner planned by the committee recently raised more than $2,400. Other events are planned, including the annual Pie in the Face event, where participants pay to throw a pie in the face of one of their chosen campus personalities.

THON began in 1973, when dancers raised just more than $2,000. Today, it is the largest student-run philanthropy effort in the world. Since 1977, THON has raised more than $127 million for the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital.

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Last Updated February 03, 2016