Holiday party to benefit THON set for Dec. 13

December 10, 2014

Enjoy arts and crafts, games, and hot chocolate during the Penn State York THON Committee’s Christmas/Holiday Party set for 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, at the campus. A donation of $5 is asked with the family-friendly festivities taking place in the Conference Center of the Main Classroom Building.  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 42nd annual Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (THON), the 46-hour dance marathon, set for Feb. 20-22, 2015, at the Bryce Jordan Center on the University Park campus of Penn State.  The theme for THON 2015 is “Empower the Dreamers!”  

THON 2014 raised more than $13.3 million last year and broke its own record of more than $12.3 million, bringing the total raised in the history of the event to more than $114 million for the Four Diamonds Fund at The Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.

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.  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 significant role in creating a community unified in support, compassion, and understanding.  This unity inspires students to fundraise throughout the year and lets families of the Four Diamonds Fund know 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.

Anyone interested in supporting the dancers from Penn State York can donate online at Please click on “Donate Now.” Donations made to the York THON group will be credited to the campus and then added to the final total at University Park.   Checks in support of THON should be made payable to: Penn State Dance Marathon or THON, and sent to Penn State York, 1031 Edgecomb Ave., York, PA 17403. Please be sure to note York, Org. 170 in the memo line of the check.

Last Updated December 11, 2014