At the end of the 46-hour Penn State dance marathon known as THON on Sunday, February 18, 2018, it was announced that Penn State Berks lead the commonwealth campuses in fundraising totals.
At the end of the 46-hour Penn State dance marathon known as THON on Sunday, February 18, 2018, it was announced that Penn State Berks was the leading campus in raising funds for the student-run philanthropy dedicated supporting a cure for pediatric cancer. Initial reports indicate that Berks benefitting THON, a student organization, raised $71,140.95 toward the grand total of $10,151,663.93. This is a nearly $9,000 increase from last year's Berks total of $62,531.35.
This year’s Berks benefitting THON student dancers include seniors Morgan Omlor and Jason Hernandez, and juniors Tyler Lehman, Megan Klan and Jasleen Bhogal. The student organization holds fundraisers throughout the year, including a 5K run/walk, Vera Bradley and Sports Bingo event, the Inaugural Inspire the Night Dinner and a Polar Plunge held in January, just to name a few.
From Friday, Feb. 16 to Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018, Penn State students from every campus gathered at the Bryce Jordan Center at Penn State University Park for THON, the 46-hour no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon to benefit the Four Diamonds, which supports families battling pediatric cancer.
In 1977, the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, known as THON, established its relationship with the Four Diamonds at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital. Four Diamonds directly assists the families at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital, while funding research in pursuit of a cure. To date, THON has contributed more than $146 million to support children and their families fighting pediatric cancer. Every year, more than 16,000 student volunteers devote their time and effort to raise money through fundraising events. The hard work of each and every volunteer culminates every February during THON weekend for a 46-hour dance marathon celebration in the Bryce Jordan Center at University Park.