Penn State Berks raises over $66,000 for THON before event begins

Penn State Berks students participating in THON announced that the college raised a record $66,223.33 to date during a send-off celebration on Thursday, Feb. 20. That total is expected to grow as online donations continue to come in during THON weekend.

The Berks student dancers were preparing to leave for Penn State University Park campus, where they will join students from all Penn State campuses in the 46-hour dance marathon to benefit the Four Diamonds Fund, supporting families battling pediatric cancer, from Friday, Feb. 21 to Sunday, Feb. 23 at the Bryce Jordan Center.

The Berks County Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association (PSAA) presented a check for $9,000 to the Berks THON organization at their dancer send-off. The donation comes from Reading Royals Night, which was sponsored by the Berks County Chapter of the PSAA and the Reading Royals on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014. Five dollars from every ticket sold through the event website was donated, and the Royals? players all wore special Penn State Ice Hockey themed jerseys that were autographed and auctioned off after the game.

For more information or to make a donation to THON, contact the Campus Life Office at 610-396-6076 or visit Go to the drop-down window labeled "Please give the following organization credit for my gift" select "Berks."