THON (aka Penn State Dance Marathon)
Welcome to the largest student-run philanthropy in the world, the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (THON™)! THON is a year round fundraising event benefiting The Four Diamonds Fund, Conquering Childhood Cancer, at the Penn State Children's Hospital in Hershey, PA. The year culminates in a no-sitting, no-sleeping, 46-hour dance marathon held every February. Since 1973, the students of THON have raised over $80 million and have helped thousands of children and families fight pediatric cancer.
During THON weekend, 700 students and thousands of supporters come together in the hopes of one day finding a cure for pediatric cancer. Whether standing for 46 hours as a dancer, entertaining the crowd, taking care of the facility, or even standing in the stands, every person at THON plays a small part in creating an amazing atmosphere of love, compassion, and understanding. This atmosphere inspires the students to fundraise throughout the year and tells the families of The Four Diamonds Fund that they have the care and support they need. This collective effort, involving over 10,000 students, has become one of Penn State's greatest and most unifying traditions.
K.I.C.K.S. & F.L.I.C.K.S.
Kids In Cooperation with Karing Students (K.I.C.K.S.) was started in 1987 by the Omega Chapter in memory of our brother, David P. Ferro. This soccer tournament is held annually in the Fall for the Penn State community in order to fundraise towards the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Western Pennsyvlania. Each year we hope to raise enough money to sponsor at least one child's wish.
FLICKS is an annual philanthrophic event that donates its proceeds to the CASA Foundation.