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Penn State's THON Set for 6 p.m. Start Friday; Ongoing Coverage Available Online

by on February 17, 2012 10:31 AM

For the 40th time, Penn State students will assemble Friday for what's become an annual marquee event at the university: the Interfraternity Council/Panhellenic Dance Marathon.

Scheduled to kick off at 6 p.m. in the Bryce Jordan Center, the 46-hour marathon features some 700 student dancers. Their mantra: no sleeping, no sitting until 4 p.m. Sunday, when the marathon -- or THON -- will end and organizers will announce the year's fundraising total.

(For live tweets and a live video stream from THON, check this page.)

Proceeds, which last year topped $9 million, support The Four Diamonds Fund. The nonprofit organization supports pediatric-cancer research and treatment.

The marathon itself, which includes thousands of student volunteers, Four Diamonds-supported children and families, alumni and other visitors, culminates a year-long fundraising process. Thousands of Penn State students participate in a range of money-raising activities, from road trips to solicitation of corporate sponsorships.

Organizers bill THON as the largest student-run philanthropy in the world. It receives media coverage from a variety of outlets. Among them is's sister site, a student-driven operation that plans thorough updates throughout the weekend.

THON's official website is available here.'s THON-centric page is posted here.

Check back with for occasional THON updates through the weekend. The event is free and open to the public.

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