Penn State, we stand in 100!
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.
VALLEY sat down with Daniel Cooley and Jillian House, the passionate and motivated THON 5K Development Captains, to hear what they had to say about the successful event.
The 17th Annual THON 5K is just around the corner and it’s going to be the best it has ever been.
Canning weekends, a week has passed and we still miss you
As the very best weekend of the year approaches, the Penn State Dance Marathon (THON) 2018 preparations are being taken to the next level. THON Committee applications are live on the THON website and the applications are due Friday, Sept. 15.
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.
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.