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Mont Alto THON group raises $29,000 (to date) for this weekend's big event

2/12/2013 —

Penn State Mont Alto is sending two students and 65+ supporters this weekend to the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, affectionately referred to as THON, at University Park.  The Mont Alto THON group has raised funds of more than $29,000 to date with more than two thirds of it ($21,543.74 ) given by Chambersburg, Waynesboro, Gettysburg, and Greencastle community members via collection cans at area businesses and to students canning on foot in the community.

The students—Kyle Kirkpatrick from Hanover (Junior) and Zeb Thorson from Carlisle (Junior)—will begin dancing at 6 p.m. Friday and must remain on their feet for 46 hours. THON is the largest student-run philanthropy in the world and has raised more than $89 Million for The Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Children's Hospital to fight against childhood cancer.  

The Mont Alto participants are sponsored by the Potomac Valley Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association. Additionally, the Penn State Mont Alto benefitting THON team has raised more than $2,760.04 through alternative fundraising efforts.

Mont Alto students collected community donations on three weekends between October and December in various local communities in the area. “We appreciate and are grateful for all of the community support,” says Donna Rhodes, Mont Alto’s THON adviser. “THON truly is a community effort led by our Mont Alto students.”

THON may be viewed live via webcast during the event at www.thon.org.  Mont Alto’s THON team and dancers are available for interview this week with the exception of Friday, February 15, 2013. Please contact Kristie Fry at kfry@psu.edu to schedule interviews.

In 1972, a small group of dedicated Penn State students held their first Dance Marathon. That year, 34 dancers participated and raised $2,000. Since then, THON’s presence in the Penn State community has grown exponentially. THON now has 15,000 student volunteers, 700 dancers, and has raised more than $89 million, benefiting The Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Children’s Hospital.  Visit www.thon.org for more information.

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