The Penn State Schuylkill THON '14 committee at Penn State Schuylkill raised $56,282.83 for the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (THON) that benefits the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and the fight against pediatric cancer. This total is now the largest amount raised in campus history, exceeding last year's amount of $47,956.69.
The three Penn State Schuylkill student dancers - Winn Allen, Orwigsburg, Delisa Williams, Philadelphia, and Alex Frantz, Pottsville, joined more than 700 dancers from across the University and stayed on their feet for the entire 46-hour no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon event that was held February 21-23, 2014, in the Bryce Jordan Center at University Park.
In the past three years, the Schuylkill THON committee has raised more than $80,000 from the local community. The 2013-14 Schuylkill officers are: Tina Rose, staff adviser, Winn Allen, overall director, Vincent Carrano, overall director, Beth Richards, family relations director, Katie Courtney, alumni donor relations director, and Yanique Thomas, public relations director.
Overall, THON set a new record in 2014 by raising $13,343,517.33 for the Four Diamonds Fund, surpassing last year's record of $12,374,034.00. Funds raised by THON go to support the mission of the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon which is to conquer pediatric cancer by providing outstanding emotional and financial support to the children, families, researchers, and staff of the Four Diamonds Fund. More than 15,000 Penn State students participated in making THON 2014 successful, including the thousands of students who helped raise funds throughout the year, and the thousands more who volunteered during THON weekend. Since 1977, THON has raised more than $101 million for the Four Diamonds Fund.
The amount raised this year at Penn State Schuylkill ranked fifth among nineteen commonwealth campuses and number one, for the second consecutive year, among the five campuses located in northeast Pennsylvania.