Penn State’s THON 2017 ended Sunday with the reveal of more than $10 million raised this past year.
The Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (THON) raises money, awareness and provides support for children and families to fight pediatric cancer. Money goes to Four Diamonds at Penn State Children’s Hospital. This year, THON 2017 raised $10,045,478.44.
This year’s theme was “Igniting Hope Within.”
And the #THON2017 total is…
— The Daily Collegian (@DailyCollegian) February 19, 2017
Students’ efforts culminate at the annual 46-hour dance marathon. According to its site, THON is the largest student-run philanthropy in the world and has raised $136,000,000 since it started in 1973. And that was before Sunday’s announcement.
The annual dance marathon, held at the Bryce Jordan Center, started Friday evening and concluded Sunday. Last year’s THON, “Believe Beyond Boundaries,” raised $9,770,332.32.
This year, Joe Jonas and DNCE made a surprise performance.
Surprise show at the Penn State THON ?? pic.twitter.com/nOjKBpQUhC
— J O E J O N A S (@joejonas) February 18, 2017
Penn State’s THON milestones:
- 1973: Raised $2,136 in its first year
- 1974: Raised $10,825
- 1978: $52,818
- 1983: Reached six figures for first time with $131,182
- 1992: Raised more than one million for first time with $1,141,145.38
- 2012: Total hits eight figures with $10,686,924.83
- 2014: New record of $13,343,517.33 raised
Here is the Nittany Lions football team’s THON performance from this year.
Penn State football team’s THON performance
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Nittany Lions football player Charlie Shuman was among this year’s athletes to participate as a THON dancer.
— Penn State Athletics (@GoPSUsports) February 19, 2017