THON Raises $13,756,374.50 For The Kids
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa – This year, THON has raised a record $13,756,374.50 for the kids, in the first in-person THON since 2020. Last year's THON took place virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 50th rendition of the 46-hour dance marathon concluded at 4:00 p.m. ET Sunday, as the dancers sat and the grand total was revealed. Once the dancers took their first break in nearly two days, all eyes were directed towards the stage in the Bryce Jordan Center for the highly anticipated reveal of the total amount of money raised.
THON’s executive directors stood on the stage and signs went up one-by-one to reveal how much money was raised by all the committees, in addition to thousands of volunteers. When the final sign was unveiled, everyone erupted one last time as an entire weekend’s worth of events winded down.
It is an incredible accomplishment for all involved, as many have spent countless hours since the beginning of the school year preparing for this moment. All the money raised will go to Four Diamonds at Penn State’s Hershey Children’s Hospital as they continue the fight against childhood cancer.
Since THON began in 1977, it has raised nearly $200 million. It'll look to build on that, and begin the push to $300 million in 2023.
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