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 childhood cancer!
THON 2014: REDEFINE THE POSSIBILITIES
Ryan Patrick (Executive Director), Kelly Tompeck (Communications), Dom Mirabile (Donor and Alumni Relations), Kristen Toole (Entertainment), Dylan Miller (Family Relations), Alex Snopko (Finance), Megan Renaut (Hospitality), Tom Bremer (Merchandise), Brian Dunn (Morale), Mac Weiler (OPPerations), Dana Giacobello (Public Relations), Janine Patton (Rules & Regulations), Jessica Steciw (Special Events), Jenna Charles (Supply Logistics), Patrick Lafferty (Technology), Darcy Rameker (Advisor), Jenn Mallen (Advisor).
THON 2014 raised more than $13.3 million For The Kids.
THON 2013: INSPIRE TOMORROW'S MIRACLES
Will Martin (Overall Chair), Jenna Adams (Communications), Michael Ringenbach(Donor and Alumni Relations), Joey Cassidy (Entertainment), Sarah Miele (Family Relations), Jen Stipa (Finance), John Mazzochette (Hospitality), Ryan Patrick (Merchandise), Melanie Sessa (Morale), Michelle Gettle(OPPerations), Cat Powers (Public Relations), Mike Wellner (Rules & Regulations), Lakshmi Kolandra (Special Events), Matt Scorzafave (Supply Logistics), Chris Kessler(Technology), Barry Bram (Advisor).
THON 2013 raised more than $12.3 million, bringing the aggregate amount donated to the Four Diamonds since 1977 more than $101 million.
THON 2012: BRIGHTEN EVERY JOURNEY
2012 marked the 40th Anniversary of the Penn State Dance Marathon and celebrated another memorable year for the THON community. The Bryce Jordan Center hit capacity several times throughout THON Weekend to support the children and families of the Four Diamonds Fund and the 708 dancers. The crowd erupted as the Overall Committee revealed $10,686,924.83 raised For The Kids.
Elaine Tanella (Overall Chair), Charlotte Kohl (Communications), Anuj Upadhyay (Donor and Alumni Relations), Kinjal Mathur (Enter tainment), Kaylee Tully (Family Relations), Vicki Marone (Finance), Tommy Scharnitz (Hospitality), Jackie Swerdon (Merchandise), Genifer Goldsmith (Morale), Will Martin (OPPerations), Kir sten Quisenberry (Public Relations), Mairead Hanna (Rules & Regulations), Becky Mayes (Special Events), Patrick Howley (Supply Logistics), Andrew Ogburn (Technology), Barry Bram (Advisor).
THON 2011: TOGETHER WITHOUT LIMITS
In 2011, THON support continued to grow. There was a record number of spectators filling the Bryce Jordan Center to not only support the 708 dancers, but view a record breaking total of $9,563,016.09 For The Kids.
Kirsten Kelly (Overall Chair), Elaine Tanella (Communications), Curran McCready (Donor and Alumni Relations), Mike Fitzpatrick (Entertainment), Sean Tucker (Family Relations), Katherine Bird (Finance), Erin Renninger (Hospitality), Caroline Fitzgerald (Merchandise), Griffin Weiler (Morale), Micaela Gutman (OPPerations), Jony Rommel (Public Relations), Zach Hinkle (Rules & Regulations), Mary Dowd (Special Events), Dan Seery (Supply Logistics), Stefanie Recupero (Technology), Barry Bram (Advisor).
THON 2010: LOVE BELONGS HERE
THON 2010 saw record participation in the 5K, record traffic to THON.org, and all-time high interest being a THON volunteer. With the theme of "Love Belongs Here," more than 300 Captains, 700 dancers, 3300 Committee Members, and 15,000 student volunteers made it THON's most successful year yet. THON 2010 raised $7,838,054.36 For The Kids!
Caitlin Zankowski (Overall Chair), John Arnao (Communications), Brandon Dalton (Donor and Alumni Relations), Katie Tolerico (Entertainment), Annie Fiscus (Family Relations), Lauren Tucci (Finance), Mike Audey (Hospitality), Kirsten Kelly (Merchandise), Ben Simmons (Morale), Kyle Myers (OPPerations), Elyse Adams (Public Relations), Lauren Kay (Rules & Regulations), Maegan Barbee (Special Events), Katie Quinn (Supply Logistics), Eric Peltier (Technology), Barry Bram (Advisor).