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Community invited to watch THON finale at ArtsQuest

By 69 News, follow: @69news, news@wfmz.com
Published On: Feb 12 2014 12:27:15 PM CST
THON breaks record

THON breaks record

BETHLEHEM, Pa. -

How much money will Penn State students raise for pediatric cancer at this year's THON? You can watch the dramatic reveal in Bethlehem!

THON is a 46-hour dance marathon at Penn State's main campus that has raised millions of dollars to help conquer pediatric cancer.

Officially known as the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, THON began in 1973 and takes place every February.

It's the largest student-run philanthropy in the world, and raised more than $12 million last year.

Anyone who has been to THON knows that the exciting part is the dramatic reveal of the final amount of money raised.

Penn State Lehigh Valley is inviting the community to witness this moment, and the four hours leading up to it, during a celebration beginning at noon on Feb. 23, at the ArtsQuest Center in Bethlehem.

The event is free and open to the public.

"The Lehigh Valley has seen our students canning in busy intersections and in front of stores. Maybe they've dropped a few coins in or donated online. We hope this new event will bring the community together with our campus and alumni to experience what THON means and celebrate the efforts of the largest student-run philanthropy in the world," said Ann Williams, chancellor of Penn State Lehigh Valley.

In addition to the live feed of THON from the Bryce Jordan Center at University Park, the event will feature a number of activities for the whole family including trivia, giveaways, a visit by the Nittany Lion and dancing.

The SteelStacks will be illuminated with blue and white light in honor of the event.

Refreshments will be available for purchase.

Money raised from THON is donated to the Four Diamonds Fund at Hershey Medical Center.

To register for the event, contact Elena Douvanis at 610-285-5262. For more information, contact University Relations at 610-285-5067.