Millennials, love giving back to their community. This is certainly true at Penn State University where students get involved with the Penn State Dance Marathon, the largest student run philanthropy in the world. The Penn State Dance Marathon, better known as THON, was created in 1973 with a small group of students to raise money for pediatric cancer. Over the years the success of the organization has grown enormously as students raised over $9.5 million for the Four Diamonds fund which aims to combat pediatric cancer.
So how do they do it? Students participate in yearlong fundraising events through fraternities, sororities, or other clubs and organizations. In 2011, a total of 361 student clubs or organizations sent their members on “canning trips”, and held other THON events such as spaghetti dinners, ice cream socials, and more. A canning trip occurs four times a year, where students stand out on street corners in one of their member’s hometown, and collect donations in metal cans.
All of their hard work is rewarded during THON weekend. Students pile into the Bryce Jordan Center to support the THON dancers, do not stand, sit or sleep for 46 continuous hours! The students hope that their efforts give kids a greater chance in fighting their cancers.
THON is an amazing event that captures the spirit of giving from the Penn State College students. It is also an opportunity for students who have nothing in common, work towards a common goal. These passionate Millennials work tirelessly and dedicate their entire school year to exceeding the THON totals from the previous year.
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