THON 2018: The Big Reveal

The 2018 Penn State Interfraternity Council/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (THON) raised $10,151,663.93 for the Four Diamonds at Penn State Children’s Hospital.

THON, the largest student-run philanthropy in the world, raises money to fight pediatric cancer.

The 46th year of THON ran from Feb. 16 to 18 as dancers stood for 46 hours without sleep at the Bryce Jordan Center.

The funds raised by THON are used to cover the treatment costs for pediatric cancer patients as well as supported cancer research.

Since 1977, THON has raised more than $146 million for Four Diamonds at Penn State Children's Hospital.

Penn State Berkey Creamery Unveils New Flavor in Support of THON

Penn State Berkey Creamery has created a new ice cream flavor, "THON Gold Ribbon Ripple," and it's For The Kids.

The new pint flavor was unveiled Friday during the opening hour of THON Weekend 2018.

The ice cream was sold at the Creamery's kiosk near Gate B in the Bryce Jordan Center during THON. A portion of proceeds from sales of the flavor — a blend of chocolate ice cream, golden caramel swirl and white chips — will be donated to the cause.

"As part of the Penn State community, it's our honor to support this very worthwhile event," said Jim Brown, Creamery assistant manager. "We join our students — and the children and their families — as they take a stand to end childhood cancer."

The History of THON

THON was first organized in 1973 by a group of students looking to add excitement to a dreary February in central Pennsylvania, and for a way to give back to the community. Today, Penn State’s THON continues to be the longest dance marathon in the country, lasting 46 hours. 

THON has grown to engage more than 15,000 students each year and has inspired other university, high school, middle school, and elementary school students across the nation to start dance marathons of their own—all in the hopes of conquering pediatric cancer.