#RunWithUsFTK in the THON 2019 5K


This year, the 18th Annual THON 5K will be held on October 21st at Penn State. Join us in the 18th year of the THON 5K by supporting THON from any place, at any pace.  Can’t make it to University Park?  You don’t have to be on campus to #RunWithUsFTK – Join fellow alumni across the country who are supporting the THON Virtual 5K!


Form a team in your community to run the race on the weekend of October 21st, all while raising funds and awareness For The Kids! Your efforts will  support over 4,000 families impacted by childhood cancer by providing access to comprehensive care and emotional support, while also funding critical research to impact cancer treatment on a global scale.

With the support of our Penn State alumni and friends, we can spread hope around the world. Click here  to create or join a team of fellow THON supporters! To learn more information about the THON 5K, click here.

For The Kids,

Kelly McCready
THON 2019
Executive Director

2018 GI Theta Chi - Benefiting the USO

Hello Brothers,

We hope you are all doing well the summer. We are still dedicated to our flagship philanthropy G.I. Theta Chi.

The Omega Chapter of Theta Chi at Penn State is working to raise funds for the United Service Organizations. Every year we host a fundraising event to raise money for the USO with the hopes of helping out the millions of veterans and their families as they transition back into their communities.


Your support is greatly appreciated.

Spring 2018 Graduates

We would like to congratulate the latest graduates (and newest alum) of Omega chapter. Good luck with your new pursuits and please keep in touch.

  • Dave Cox - Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Malhar Dave - Material Science
  • Steve Gerry - Criminology/Economics
  • Tim Gregory - Psychology
  • Steve Hatten - Biological Sciences and Health Professions
  • Saif Khalil - Civil Engineering
  • Bryant Narvaez - Energy Business and Finance
  • Brad Nichols - Energy Business and Finance
  • Patrick Obrien - Chemical Engineering
  • Neel Parikh - Accounting
  • Parth Patel - Aerospace Engineering
  • Milton Rahman - Aerospace Engineering
  • Chris Silverwood - IST

Growing Up is a Beautiful Thing. Let’s Fight for It!


In just two short weeks, the year-long efforts of more than 16,500 student volunteers and 25,000 alumni will culminate in a forty-six-hour, no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon. For those forty-six hours, the Bryce Jordan Center will transform into a home of bright colors, endless energy, and unwavering support for families affected by childhood cancer. 

From February 16-18, the Penn State community will once again join together to show what cancer cannot do. Since 1977, THON has raised more than $146 million for our sole beneficiary, Four Diamonds. THON’s contributions cover treatment costs for pediatric cancer patients at Penn State Children’s Hospital, ensuring that no family ever has to see a bill. Additionally, THON’s support funds innovative research, helping the worldwide cancer community in pursuit of a cure.

Join us in the fight against childhood cancer by making a gift today. With the help of our generous supporters, we will one day dance in celebration of a cure. 

For The Kids™, 

Andrew Smith             
Executive Director
2018 Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon

P.S. Don’t forget to credit your favorite student organization, or potentially double your gift through company matching.

THON - Help Support Dancer Jordan Reed

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Make an impact in the life of a child today

THON was the very first student organization I became involved with here at Penn State.  My freshman year, I was on a Rules and Regulations committee, responsible for ensuring the safety of the Bryce Jordan Center.  Last year, I was responsible for the health and well-being of a dancer throughout the 46 hours as a Dancer Relations Committee Member, and I oversaw the fundraising efforts of my fraternity, Theta Chi, throughout the course of the year.  

THON is the most incredible effort that college students convene to create, by far, with $146 million and counting raised since its inception, with all proceeds benefitting the Four Diamonds Fund, which provides monetary support for children with cancer at Hershey Medical as well as grants for research with the intention of finding better treatment/ eventually a cure for cancer.

Further, to mitigate any concerns you may have about where the money actually goes, I have done extensive research on this subject and can confirm that THON donates approximately 96% of funds received to Four Diamonds, with the remainder covering necessary costs incurred during THON weekend (it's run entirely on volunteers).  Four Diamonds itself is able to turn around and use approximately 91% of the funds it receives to directly benefit children, either through covering what insurance cannot, providing research grants, or paying people like music therapists to keep spirits high during difficult treatments.  Altogether, this comes out to .96 * .91 = a little more than 87 cents of each dollar donated directly impacting children, which is considered impressive in the fundraising community.


When you decide to support THON™, you become a partner in the ongoing fight against childhood cancer. As part of my organization benefitting THON, I am working alongside 16,500 student volunteers and over 25,000 alumni to support more than 3,700 families at Penn State Children’s Hospital to one day end the fight against childhood cancer.  Since THON’s beginning in 1973, we have raised over $146 million dollars, For The Kids™!

This year, I am taking action in the fight against childhood cancer. Throughout the year, I am fundraising on behalf of my organization benefiting THON to offset the costs of treatment that insurance cannot cover, expenses that improve the welfare of kids, and fund critical research in pursuit of finding a cure. I am committed to enhancing the lives of children and families impacted by childhood cancer as well as building lasting relationships with the Four Diamonds families, and it is my hope that one day every child has the opportunity to live out their childhood dreams.

Your contribution will fund innovative research that will not only enhance treatment for children in Pennsylvania but is also giving hope to childhood cancer patients worldwide! Together, with every student, volunteer, alumnus, donor, and supporter, we can spread awareness of THON’s mission across the country and throughout the world. With your support of THON, together, we will make a difference in the lives of children nationwide. Join us in the fight, For The Kids.

Winter 2017 Edition of the Rattle is Online

The latest edition of the Rattle is available online at the National website. Read about what is going on with other chapters around the country and see what is doing with our National fraternity.

 Click Here to Download 2017 Winter Edition

Click Here to Download 2017 Winter Edition

Click Here to Read Online


  • The Piano Man - Phil Vassar
  • Esprit de Corps
  • Theta Chi Awards 
  • Alumni and Undergraduate news and more

Make an Impact in the Life of a Child Today - Support THON 2018

When you decide to support THON™, you become a partner in the ongoing fight against childhood cancer.  Our organization, THON, along with 16,500 student volunteers and more than 25,000 alumni, work tirelessly to support more than 3,700 families at Penn State Children’s Hospital. These efforts culminate in a 46 hour, no sitting, no sleeping dance marathon held every February. As the largest student run philanthropy in the world, our mission is to provide emotional and financial support, spread awareness and ensure funding for critical research- all in pursuit of a cure. Since 1977, THON has raised over $146 million dollars, For The Kids™! Last year alone, the THON community raised $10,045,478.44, generating the funds to support:

  • 50,227 hours of nutritional therapy

  • 66,970 days of outpatient therapy

  • 13,394 research experiments

  • 6,697 days to manage all patient needs

  • 13,394 routine maintenance visits for therapy and treatment for a child


THON's hope is for every child to have the opportunity to live out their childhood dreams. Despite advancements in research and treatment, this may not become a reality for some. With your help, we will continue to fight for the day that no parent has to hear the words, “your child has cancer.” It takes each and every student, volunteer, alumnus, donor, and supporter to spread awareness of THON’s mission across the country and throughout the world. With your dedication and support of THON, together, we will make a difference in the life of a child. Join us in the fight, For The Kids.

THON is a Greek organization that works tirelessly each year to benefit the Penn State Dance Marathon. With the generous support of our large alumni base, we are able to continue the fight against childhood cancer even after graduation. Since 1973, the Greek Life community at Penn State has united with a common purpose: For The Kids, For The Cure! Each year we stand together to show what cancer cannot do.

Omega Finishes First in 2017 For The Glory Talent Show

The Below excerpt appeared in the Daily Collegian. Click here to read complete story.

Theta Chi and Vole Perform at Eisenhower Auditorium during For The Glory Talent Show

...Vole and Theta Chi won first place with their electric jazz performance incorporating The Great Gatsby.

Mary Decavalcinte (senior-mathematics), of Vole, said the performance was based off of a dance in their fall showcase this past weekend that they tweaked, making it adaptable for the Theta Chi members.

Saif Khalil (senior-civil engineering), president of Theta Chi, stepped in last minute.

"I was pretty nervous going up there," Khalil said. "I thought some of the other performances were just as good as ours, if not a little bit better."

Khalil said Theta Chi has never had the opportunity perform at THON but are so happy to finally do it for the kids.

Decavalcinte said she is excited Vole won first place in the talent show but also that they get to share the stage with Theta Chi.

"It feels amazing just going out there in front of the kids and performing for them," Khalil said. "It's going to be such an honor."

Decavalcinte and Khalil agreed that they both thought they would end up in the top three but did not expect to be number one.

"It came as a complete shock to me," Khalil said. "I'm still shooketh right now."