Pasta dinner Feb. 4 to support THON

February 01, 2012

Penn State York’s THON Committee is inviting the community to "mangia" (that’s Italian for "eat") at a pasta dinner from 4 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4, to benefit the 40th annual Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, lovingly known as THON. The event will take place at the Madison Avenue Church of the Brethren, 646 Madison Avenue, York, Pa. 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 York THON group raised about $300 during a similar event in December.

This is just one of many events sponsored by the Penn State York THON Committee leading up to THON, the 46-hour dance marathon set for Feb. 17-19 at the Bryce Jordan Center on the University Park campus of Penn State. The theme for this year’s THON is "Brighten Every Journey."

Penn State York broke its own record last year, raising $17,160.71, placing the campus in the top 10 Penn State campuses in fundraising. The campus' previous record was $13,485, set in 2009.

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. Since 1973, the students of THON have raised more than $78 million and have helped thousands of children and families fight pediatric cancer.  Last year, the event raised more than $9.59 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 at THON plays a small part in creating an amazing atmosphere of love, compassion and understanding. This atmosphere inspires the students to fundraise throughout the year and tells 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.

There’s still time to donate. The best way to be sure your donation is counted in time is to visit the campus or donate 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.

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

Penn State York Benefiting THON
c/o York Student Government Association
Penn State York
1031 Edgecomb Ave.
York, PA  17403

Donors should note "York, Org. 170" in the memo line of the check. Checks sent to the local campus as well as online donations will be credited to the local dancers and then added to the final total at University Park.

  • Penn State York students took a break from cheering on the dancers to smile for the camera during THON 2011 at the Bryce Jordan Center.

    IMAGE: Barbara Dennis

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Last Updated February 02, 2012