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Supply Logistics

Supply Logistic (SL) If you have strong organizational skills and want to learn about how each committee acquires the material needed for THON Weekend, you might enjoy working on the Supply Logistics Committee!  Supply Logistics is responsible

Technology

Technology (TECH) If you’re looking for a positive outlet to utilize your skills with coding and technology development, please consider joining THON’s Technology Committee! The Technology Committee maintains and develops THON’s

Family Relations

Family Relations (FR) At THON, all that we do is For The Kids™. If you want to in get right to the heart of that motto, Family Relations might be the place for you. The mission of

Public Relations

Public Relations (PR) Do you have strong skills in writing, design, journalism, or photography? If you do, the Public Relations Committee could use your talent! The main responsibility of the Public Relations

Merchandise

Merchandise (MERCH) If you’ve ever stopped by the THON Store, then you’ve probably fought the urge to blow your budget on the best THON gear. To learn about the behind-the-scenes creation and distribution of these awesome

Donor and Alumni Relations Alumni Engagement

Donor and Alumni Relations Alumni Engagement (DAR AE)  Penn State has one of the largest alumni networks in the world. If you’re one of the many students who viewed that network as a

Donor and Alumni Relations Development

Donor and Alumni Relations Development (DAR DEV) In Development, networking and fundraising is the name of the game. To be a part of this committee, you’ll need to have strong social and organizational skills. The mission of the Development Committee

Finance

Finance (FIN) THON is proud to donate 91 cents out of every dollar directly to the cause, but the remaining 9 cents still needs to be managed efficiently and effectively

Rules & Regulation: Fundraising Safety

Rules & Regulation: Fundraising Safety (R&R FS) Fundraising is an incredibly integral aspect of THON, and the safety of all volunteers is a top priority. For this reason, the Rules and

Rules & Regulation Event Safety

Rules & Regulation: Event Safety (R&R ES) If you want to learn more about how THON is kept safe and well-coordinated, you might be interested in the Rules and Regulations Event Safety Committee. The Rules

Dancer Relations

Dancer Relations (DR) Those who want to learn more about what it takes to dance at THON Weekend and support our dancers, you should join the Dancer Relations Committee. Dancer Relations works throughout

Hospitality

Hospitality (HOS) In the Hospitality Committee, everyone is all about food, and who doesn’t love to eat? The Hospitality Committee is responsible for serving dancer meals, restocking fridges and working concessions

Operations

Operations (OPP) Anyone with strong organizational skills and an interest in logistical planning can be a perfect fit for the OPPerations Committee. OPPerations main responsibility throughout the year is collaborating with other

Special Events

Special Events (SE) If you love to host and coordinate events, the Special Events Committee might be the place for you! The Special Events Committee is responsible for planning a wide variety of events that

Entertainment

Entertainment (ENT) The Entertainment Committee is a great fit for creative individuals who want to facilitate the behind-the-scenes of THON Weekend’s shows and events. Entertainment’s main responsibility is to work behind the

Communications

Communications (COMM) Individuals who can relay essential information to many diverse groups at once may want to consider joining the Communications Committee. Communications serves as the liaison to all THON Volunteers and focuses on educating and empowering the Penn State community to

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THON™ 5K powered by PNC

It’s time to get a running start on the THON fundraising year! The 2021 THON 5K is on October 10th, 2021, and registration is live!  2021 marks the 21st annual THON 5K powered by PNC. All proceeds from the event directly benefit Four Diamonds.  This year’s 5K promises a return

THON Nation Fundraiser Ideas

Fundraiser Ideas Click the resource above to help brainstorm and plan for your next THON Nation fundraiser!

THON 2022 Diversity Equity and Inclusion Action Plan and Impact Report

In the summer of 2020, THON developed its first Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Action Plan to outline its future plans and intended actions in the hopes of making THON as

THON 2022 Alumni Guide

2022 Alumni Guide Click the resource above to explore the variety of ways alumni can stay involved in the fight after graduation!

THON Nation Event Resources

THON Nation Event Resources This site includes all necessary resources to help you host a successful THON Nation Fundraiser! Please contact thon.nation@thon.org with any questions. This document lays out the

Organization Spotlight: Atlas

By Hanna Bernett THON Weekend 2021 might be over but those of us behind the blog certainly aren’t finished featuring our incredible orgs! Next up, we want to take a

Dancer Spotlight: Eleanor Smith and Lincoln Weinstock

This dancer pair may have some experience dancing in THON but for sure neither of them danced in a virtual THON before. In this dancer spotlight we interviewed Eleanor Smith

Organization Spotlight: Arnold Air Society

Straight from their THON theme decorated apartments in State College, we interviewed the dancer couple Olivia Simmerman and Grace Kimzey. It’s Olivia and grace’s first time dancing in THON, this

Organization Spotlight: Alpha Phi Omega

Even with the THON this year being virtual The wonderful students of Penn State are still fighting For The Kids! From Alpha Phi Omega this year we have Mats Jonsson

Dancer Spotlight: Rachel Deveney

Rachel Deveney is one of the four dancers from the Society of Women Engineers dancing this THON weekend, originally from Mechanicsburg, PA this is her first-time dancing at THON. She

Organization Spotlight: Public Relations Student Society of America

With all of the challenges this year brought, the THON community continued to persevere and encompass this year’s theme: Rise and Unify. Even though they might be dancing virtually from

Organization Spotlight: Alpha Omicron Pi

Among the 592 dancers for THON 2021 exists the amazing duo of Marissa Stoller and Chloe Myers. The pair is dancing on behalf of their sorority Alpha Omicron Pi. This

Dancer Spotlight: Jenna DiNapoli

This year in THON 2021 the Emergency Medical Services Association makes their first dancing appearance. Jenna DiNapoli, a senior involved in EMSA, explains that their organization initially did not think

Dancer Spotlight: Drew Rothka

When it comes to enthusiasm for THON 2021, nobody is more excited to dance FTK than Drew Rothka. Raised outside of Scranton, PA, Drew decided to go to Penn State

Dancer Spotlight: Caitlin Brennan

This year’s THON is definitely different from the THONs of our past. However, Caitlin Brennan, a senior dancing for Zeta Tau Alpha and Alpha Tau Omega, stays both motivated and

Dancer Spotlight: Emily Irvin and Matthew Junker

The theme for THON 2021, “Rise and Unify”, is a recognition that we need to move past the current circumstances forced on us by the coronavirus pandemic and unify to

Dancer Spotlight: Andy Mader

Growing up in State College Andy Mader (senior, Finance) decided that the perfect place to dance as an independent dancer couple for THON weekend is at his parent’s home. Andy

Dancer Spotlight: Addison Albert

Addison Albert (senior, Broadcast Journalism) is dancing in THON 2021 representing The Singing Lions and their two angels, Lexi Barnett and Kirra Broadwater. She is originally from outside of Pittsburgh,

Dancer Spotlight: Ian Rafiuddin and Thomas Sotille

Ian Rafiuddin and Thomas Sotille are both seniors and this is their first-time being dancers at THON. They are happy that they got a chance to dance as seniors but

Organization Spotlight: Women in Business

Leah Byman and Susanna Walter are members of Women in Business and this is their first-time dancing at THON. To prepare to be a dancer they started working out and

Organization Spotlight: Volé Dance Club

Carmen DiPippo, Ava Kovaks, and Brielle Blanton are 3 seniors dancing their final THON™ for Volé Dance Club. Carmen is a Journalism major from Washington, D.C, Ava is a Media Studies major

Organization Spotlight: Kappa Kappa Gamma

Seniors Kasey Burke and Sammy Eline are members of Kappa Kappa Gamma and have been participating in THON since their freshman year at Penn State. Both Kasey and Sammy stood

Organization Spotlight: Penn State Marketing Association

Maggie Senft is a sophomore from York, Pennsylvania who is dancing for the Penn State Marketing Association this year. Maggie was on a Dancer Relations committee her freshman year and

Dancer Spotlight: Maria Ellis

Maria Ellis is a senior at Penn State dancing for the Society of Women Engineers. She is from Mountain Top, Pennsylvania. This is Maria’s first time dancing in THON, but

Dancer Spotlight: Theresa Cwenar

Theresa Cwenar is one of the four Senior dancers for CHAARG, originally from Pittsburgh Theresa’s first THON was in 2012 where she watched her older sister dance. She says as

Dancer Spotlight: Amanda Mielnicki

Amanda Mielnicki is a Penn State senior who is dancing in THON this year for her sorority, Alpha Xi Delta. This year Alpha Xi Delta’s THON experience looks different than

THON Weekend 2021: Livestream, Fundraising, and More

by Hanna Bernett and Gabby Oglesby During the final minutes of THON 2021, approximately 165,000 screens were tuned into the THON 2021 livestream, dwarfing the Bryce Jordan Center capacity of

MEET THE 16 THON COMMITTEES (2021)

by Emma Harmer Communications   Communications Director: Conor Barber  67 Committee Members  Organization development: help to create useful resources for organizations and THON chairs  Volunteer Education: help to brainstorm and develop

Organization Spotlight: Sigma Phi Epsilon and Pi Beta Phi

By Sadie Bagdasian Every organization and individual at Penn State has their THON story to share. These stories allow us to come together and unite to fight towards a cure

THON Org Spotlight: Penn State Navigators

by Hanna Bernett   This post features a very cool org that I’ve had the privilege to be involved in: The Penn State Navigators. The Navigators are one of Penn State’s

Organization Spotlight: Gamma Sigma Sigma

By Hanna Bernett  Our next feature is Gamma Sigma Sigma! As an organization centered around service, THON is a crucial event for the Gamma Sigma Sigma. The sisters of GSS are encouraged to attend

Dancer Spotlight: Kiki Daffam

by Colby Hoffman THON 2021 looks a lot different than past years, as the BJC is no longer the center of all the action. Dancer’s this year had to get

THON™ Traditions 

By Kelly Taylor  THON™ is a Penn State tradition that many students work yearlong to make happen. THON has been around since 1973 and in total has raised over $180 million for the fight against childhood cancer. In

Dancer Spotlight: Ashlyn Wilson

Every year THON draws in thousands of students to participate in the largest student-run philanthropy event, but with that, many have to say goodbye to THON. Ashlyn Wilson, a fifth

Dancer Spotlight: Katelyn Lewis

Everyone joins THON for different reasons, but Katelyn Lewis, a junior from Chester County, PA, has been hearing about it for years. Lewis comes from a family of Penn Staters

Dancer Spotlight: Courtland Corrente

Courtland Corrente (senior, Electrical Engineering) from Johnstown, PA is one of three dancers representing Lion Ambassadors in THON 2021. He is dancing from his house in State College along with

Dancer Spotlight: Bella Devito

Bella Devito is a senior from New Hope, PA, dancing as an Independent Dancer Couple for THON™ 2021. She is double majoring in Math and Secondary Math Education. When she

Dancer Spotlight: Lorna Evans

Lorna Evans is a senior from Hainesport, NJ majoring in Veterinary & Biomedical Sciences with a minor in Gender and Sexuality Studies. Lorna is dancing on behalf of the Pre-Vet

Dancer Spotlight: Lexi Hoopes

Lexi Hoopes is one of four THON dancers for the Penn State Cheerleading Team this year. She is from Springfield, Pennsylvania and is a senior here at Penn State. Lexi’s

Dancer Spotlight: Madison McCahan

Madison McCahan is one of four THON dancers for the Penn State Cheerleading Team this year. She is from Breezewood, Pennsylvania and is a senior here at Penn State. Madison

Dancer Spotlight: Erin Bonner

Dancing for Club Women’s Ice Hockey, we had the special chance to talk to Erin Bonner about her THON journey. Erin first involved herself in THON because of her parents.

Dancer Spotlight: Kayla McCauley

Dancing from her apartment in King of Prussia, Kayla McCauley is excited to take on THON 2021. Kayla is proud to be dancing for the College of Earth and Mineral

Dancer Spotlight: Shane Walker

Shane decided to keep tradition and dance his senior for THON 2021. His older sister danced in 2017, and now it is Shane’s turn. To prepare, he talked to those

Dancer Spotlight: Garrett Cwalina

Garret Cwalina is a senior and member of the Professional Golf Management program at Penn State. Garret is dancing in Florida where his golf internship has him located for the

Dancer Spotlight: Kyle Garvey

This weekend Kyle Garvey prepares to take on and dance for THON 2021 for the first time! Along with his seven other fraternity members, they will be dressed in “Up”

THON Org Spotlight: Phi Sigma Rho

by Sonali Nagpal Phi Sigma Rho is a social engineering sorority that works throughout the year to raise money for THON™. This year, sisters of Phi Sigma Rho focused on raising as much money as

THON Logos Throughout the Years

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Behind the Four Diamonds Logo: A Logo is Worth a Thousand Words

By Abby Jarecki   Picture this: it’s THON™ Weekend, you’re exhausted from dancing all day and night, but you look up at the gigantic Four Diamonds logo that illuminates the BJC, and you remember

Organization Spotlight: Delta Sigma Pi

The Penn State Chapter of Delta Sigma Pi, a Professional Business Fraternity, has embedded THON’s yearlong effort to raise money for the fight against childhood cancer into their organization. This

Organization Spotlight: Cheerleading

The Penn State community is made up of many clubs and organizations that dedicate their time and effort in order to support THON and the Four Diamonds families. My THON

THON Weekend Committee Parent Presentations

THON Weekend Committee Parent Presentations  THON Captains and Committee Members work hard all year and throughout THON Weekend (February 19-21, 2021), to make strides in the fight against childhood cancer, and we are excited to showcase what

Honoring Our Angel: Joyce

By Maddie Murchake  Joyce was not only Zeta Tau Alpha’s and Alpha Tau Omega’s THON child, but our best friend. Joyce was a fun-loving, hilarious, and sarcastic kid. Her nickname was

THON Org Spotlight: Phi Chi Theta (PCT)

by Sadie Bagdasian Phi Chi Theta is one of many business fraternities at Penn State. The org, known as PCT, has around 150 brothers and 3 pillars they associate with.

THON Alumni Wars

For the first annual THON Alumni Wars, past captain committees will compete against each other to fundraise For The Kids®. From Sunday, February 14th until the end of THON Weekend, past captains can fundraise on their

Thoughts coming into THON 2021

Just after we stood for 46 hours For The Kids at  THON Weekend 2020 back in February, which seems like ages ago, news started breaking about a new disease spreading.

THON 2021 weekend playlist!

With the ongoing pandemic, it has become increasingly difficult for people to stay motivated, myself included. As a self-proclaimed “people person”, having to quarantine with only my family was tough.

How to Spice Up Your THON Zoom Meetings

Hi, Captains and CM’s! Every day we get ready for classes through our computers and anticipate another several hours of staring at our screens and wondering when life will be

COVID-19 THON Weekend Guidelines

We want to remind the THON Community of the importance of safety, specifically as it pertains to COVID-19. To do our part in stopping the spread of COVID-19 for each other, our local communities, and our Four Diamonds Families, we

THON Org Spotlight: Club Ultimate Frisbee

THON Org Spotlight: Club Ultimate Frisbee  By Christain Piccioni  One of the reasons that THON is such a special event is because of the unifying power it has across the entire Penn

Dancer Engagement Guide for Donors and Alumni

Dancer Engagement Guide for Donors and Alumni Although we cannot be together in person during THON Weekend, donors and alumni will have several opportunities to motivate and interact with dancers and students as we

Committee Engagement Over Winter Break

Committee Engagement Over Winter Break  By Hanna Bernett  It’s easy to feel disconnected from school and THON during winter break…especially this year. Despite the post-holiday slump, you might be experiencing, there are

THON Nation Event Resources

THON Nation Event Resources This site includes all necessary resources to help you host a successful THON Nation Fundraiser! Please contact thon.nation@thon.org with any questions. This document lays out the

Giving Back to THON Throughout the Holiday Season 

Giving Back to THON Throughout the Holiday Season  by Sadie Bagdasian  As the holiday season continues to spread its joy, THON does the same. The gift of giving is a rewarding

Giving Tuesday 2020

 Happy Giving Tuesday! Today, THON™ is partnering with Johnson & Johnson to help children and families battling childhood cancer. On this national day of giving, support Penn State THON by

Dream Forward Campaign

Dreams begin in childhood and inspire us to move forward. THON has ignited a selfless pursuit for compassion in the hearts of a generation of young philanthropists who empower themselves

Saying Goodbye to THON

Saying Goodbye to THON By Chelsea Bauer Well, this is it, my last THON ever as a Penn State student. As surreal as this journey felt, it also had me

THANK YOU!!

THANK YOU!! The weekend is finally here and THON IS TOMORROW! After preparing all year for the most magical event on campus, it can be overwhelming to realize we will

THON™ Playlist

THON™ Playlist One of the best ways to re-group during THON Weekend and take some time for yourself is to listen to music! Music can help refresh the mind, enhance touching moments

THON Outfit Ideas

THON Outfit Ideas Just like award shows or the Met Gala, THON has its own sense of style during the weekend. Whether you wear the same outfit or have a couple

46LIVE

46LIVE Our yearlong THON™ efforts would not be fulfilled without the help of 46LIVE documenting our journey and THON Weekend every year. 46LIVE is a student-run organization supported by the Bellisario College of Communications. They

How to talk to dancers

How to talk to dancers While THON™ embraces an amazing environment for our THON children and families, we can’t forget about the dancers who sacrifice their bodies to help create the

Fanny Pack Essentials

Fanny Pack Essentials It may be an iconic fashion statement from the 90s, but fanny packs are essential during THON Weekend. But once you secure your brightly colored lifeline, what should you pack in

How to make a perfect bow

How to make a perfect bow STEP ONE Collect your supplies  30 inches of 3-inch ribbon 12 inches of ⅞-inch ribbon Zip tie Lighter Hair Tie Sewing supplies (optional) STEP

Why I THON™- Jackie Schwartz

Why I THON™ – Jackie Schwartz Jackie Schwartz has known about THON for most of her life.   Growing up with a dad who attended Penn State, Schwartz said THON became a

Why I THON™ – Steph Galetta

Why I THON™ – Steph Galetta Every THON™ volunteer has a unique story of why they became involved in the fight. Whether they chose to attend Penn State to participate in

THON™ Family Carnival

THON™ Family Carnival The THON™ Family Carnival is a highly anticipated event among THON volunteers, providing them with the opportunity to interact with Four Diamonds children and families before THON weekend.  This year,

THON™ 5K Presented by PNC

THON™ 5K Presented by PNC Written by Jordan Corley  Content curation by promotions committee members   Penn State campus erupted in laughter, cheers and smiles on Sunday, Oct. 13 as THON™

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