Pasta dinner Nov. 10 to support THON

November 01, 2012

Penn State York’s THON Committee invites you to mangia (that’s Italian for eat) at a pasta dinner set for Saturday, Nov. 10 to benefit THON.  The event takes place from 4-8 p.m. at Madison Avenue Church of the Brethren, 646 Madison Avenue, York, Pa. Donations will be accepted for the meal. 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. 

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. 15-17, 2013, at the Bryce Jordan Center on the University Park campus of Penn State. The theme for this year’s THON is “Inspire Tomorrow’s Miracles.” 

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. First held in 1973, THON has partnered with the Four Diamonds Fund since 1977 and in that time has raised more than $89 million and has helped thousands of children and families fight pediatric cancer. Last year, the event raised more than $10.6 million and broke its own record. 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 involved with THON plays a valuable role in creating an amazing atmosphere of love, compassion, and understanding. This atmosphere inspires the students to fund raise throughout the year and demonstrates to the families of the Four Diamonds Fund 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.

For more information about Penn State York’s THON activities, please contact Alannah Lentz at anl5123@psu.eduor Kara Smith at, York’s THON co-chairs.

There’s still time to donate. Anyone interested in supporting the dancers from Penn State York can send checks made payable to Penn State Dance Marathon, note Org. 170 on the memo line of the check, and send it to Penn State York THON, c/o York Student Government Association, Penn State York, 1031 Edgecombe Ave., York, PA 17403. In addition, donations can be made online at  Be sure to use the drop-down box and designate your donation for York and your donation will count toward the campus total.

  • A pasta dinner set for Nov. 10 will benefit THON and is one of the fundraising events for Penn State York's THON Committee.

    IMAGE: Barbara Dennis

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Last Updated November 01, 2012