THON

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.

THON 2013: Mail Moments

THON 2013: Mail Moments

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It’s the little things that help dancers get through THON- snacks, socks, friends visiting from the stands…and mail call. We went down to the floor after mail was distributed to hear about the letters received.

THON 2013: Wigs for Kids

THON 2013: Wigs for Kids

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THON provides countless ways you can encourage a child with cancer, whether it be through dancing with them or squirting water guns at each other. Some students went all out and donated a piece of themselves to these children (literally), by donating their hair to Wigs for Kids.

THON 2013: What’s In Your Fannypack?

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When you’re standing for 46 hours and can’t leave the floor, dancers are going to want to keep stuff with them, but not have it in the way. The answer? The hands-free wonder that is a fanny pack. It’s not just convenient, it’s one of the best ways for a dancer to accessorize.

THON 2013: Mail Time

THON 2013: Mail Time

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Mail call is one of the THON highlights for dancers. They get to receive some love in the form of wacky gifts and childhood toys along with the always-appreciated snack, delivered at a time when the heavy eyelids are definitely kicking in. So what’s in those packages?

THON 2013: Wackiest Outfits in the BJC

THON 2013: Wackiest Outfits in the BJC

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If you think football weekends and house concerts at Penn State are full of wacky-wardrobe choices, wait until you see what we spotted on the floors of the BJC. From denim jumpsuits to flamenco tops, THON is the perfect place to get wild with your wardrobe!

THON 2013: It’s All in the Name

THON 2013: It’s All in the Name

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The overall committee might be the presidents of THON, but dancers are godly. They also get to choose awesomely hilarious names to represent themselves with all weekend. Below, find our fave silly nicknames.

THON 2013: Top That

THON 2013: Top That

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The best way to top of THON weekend is with a fantastic hat. Not only does it make it easy to spot you from the floor, but it’s an extra accessory to keep you pumped all 46 hours.