Abington THON crushes canning record by $2K

Penn State Abington THON kicked off fundraising for the 2013 IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon with a record-smashing weekend of canning that raised more than $8,300, beating the previous record by more than $2,000.

THON is the largest student-run philanthropy in the world and engages more than 15,000 Penn State students across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Its goal is to conquer pediatric cancer by providing emotional and financial support to children, families, researchers and staff at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital through the Four Diamonds Fund.

Since the beginning of the semester, Abington THONers also have raised money by staging the annual Pie-In-The-Face event on the lawn outside of the Lares Building. Students, faculty and staff volunteer for whipped cream facials in exchange for donations to THON. A mini-dance marathon during Homecoming weekend and an upcoming appearance by the Abington music groups also raise money for THON. Since 1977, the fundraising campaign culminates in February's THON Weekend, a 46-hour dance marathon held in University Park. In 2012, THON raised a record $10.68 million for the Four Diamonds Fund. The fund picks up where insurance leaves off, relieving families of a financial burden so they can focus on their children’s health and treatment.

Donations can be made at http://www.thon.org. To credit your donation to Abington THON, please go to Gift and Dancer Support, then General Organizations and then Abington.