Event fundraising

THON raises $13 million at 50th anniversary event |

AP Headlines 2/21/22

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (WHTM) — Penn State THON raised more than $13 million in its 50th annual event this weekend. The weekend’s 46-hour dance marathon aims to fight childhood cancer. The entirely student-run fundraiser raised $13,756,374.50 for Four Diamonds. The organization ensures that no family with a child with cancer receives a medical bill at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital in Hershey.

The 2022 THON total breaks an overall fundraising record since 2014. The 700 students stood and danced all weekend inside the Bryce Jordan Center on the Penn State campus at State College. The event included appearances from Penn State Sports, Super Bowl champion Nick Scott, Steelers Pat Freiermuth, head football coach James Franklin and head men’s basketball coach Micah Shrewsberry. There were performances from Chelsea Cutler, Bea Miller and cover band, GoGo Retro.

It’s all part of the 50th Annual Penn State THON Weekend, benefiting kids battling cancer at Penn State Children’s Hospital in Hershey. The event began on Friday evening and continued until Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m., when the total sums raised by the students were revealed. THON is the largest student-run philanthropy in the world. To date, THON has raised over $190 million for Four Diamonds to pay for childhood cancer treatment and research.