THON is one of Penn State’s biggest weekends. With the help of our friends on “Friends,” here are feelings every Penn Stater has after THON weekend.
The Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (THON) is a year-long fundraising and awareness campaign that culminates in a 46-hour no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon every February. More than 15,000 student volunteers dedicate their time and effort to THON, making it the largest student-run philanthropy in the world.
Though the weekend is over, Valley still had some questions. One question in particular is why THON is 46 hours.
The THON 2017 total of $10,045,478.44 was revealed, the dancers have gone to bed and OPP has begun the post-THON breakdown. In other words, THON 2017 is pretty much wrapped up.
“Just imagine standing for 46 hours at 6’7” and a sexy 305 pounds.”
THON demands a lot of the feet, but the fun and fierce pairs spotted on the floor are certainly up for the challenge!
If you missed THON’s annual pep rally, have no fear! Valley was front and center to give you the details.
This year, the Kids’ Talent Show featured many amazing performances by the kids that THON is all about. Who knows-maybe someday one of them will be headlining their own concert at the BJC!
“I like the final Four Diamonds verse because it brings it all in and reminds us why we do what we do, I get chills every time I do it on the floor.”
Keep knocking our socks off, dancers! You are truly incredible!
“Hopefully one day people won’t need to hear that their kids have cancer, and it’s amazing to know that THON had a big part in that.”
Valley thinks everyone can agree that the Under The Sea fashion show made a big splash at the BJ-Sea!
One dancer gave Valley the answer that we think everyone would agree with.
As soon as you step into the Bryce Jordan Center during THON you immediately see the huge, handmade signs that light up the stands. It’s a lot to take in at first but it’s also pretty magical to see so much devotion by student organizations.
This year, two of Valley’s own are down on the floor, dancing the full 46 hours for the kids. Valley caught up with Carolyn and Katie 16 hours into the dance marathon to get an inside look of how the experience has unfolded.
Every year, THON brings out the best colorful tutus, socks, hairstyles and most importantly—fanny packs. Valley decided to get the inside scoop on whats in some of the dancers’ fanny packs this year.
Valley decided to ask a few dancers a question that would take temporarily take their minds off of the impending weekend exhaustion: What TV character would you want as your DRCM and why?
Within just the first few hours of Penn State’s THON, so many exciting and amazing events have already occurred. Valley took to the floor of the Bryce Jordan Center to ask what people are most looking forward to in the many remaining hours of THON.
Make sure to be on the lookout for these amazing outfits and dancers and for many other awesome and festive getups!
Here’s hoping that some of these dancers will be lucky enough to hear their jam selections before the THON’s 46 hours are up!
THON 2017 is off to a great start with some amazing performers warming up the crowd on stage. Several student groups including singers, dancers and musicians performed before the official THON dancers first stood up.