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Penn State’s THON 2014 raises over $13 million for pediatric cancer care and research

THON 2014 raises more than $13.34 millionThe Collegian

Redefining possibilities was the goal of the 42nd annual Penn State Interfraternity Council/Panhellenic Dance Marathon and as the 46-hour weekend came to a close, $13,343,517.33 was raised for the Four Diamonds Fund. The total broke last year’s record-setting $12,374,034.46 and climbed the collective total raised to more than $113 million.

That’s a lot money. The challenge is to keep the books open so we can see where the money goes. Five years ago, over 90%(!) of the money was going into the Four Diamonds Fund. Marketplace trust is considered 65%, 90% is excellent. THON ought to open up the books completely so that we can learn where the money is coming from and more importantly, where it is going.

Some reasons I think the total just keeps growing and growing:

social media/Web – Spreading the word and donating online is easy.

Not just “For the Greeks” – THON used to be an only and then mostly Greek event, almost jealously guarded. When it started opening up, it became “a Penn State event.”

Bigger venues – THON went from the White Building to Rec Hall and now the Bryce Jordan Center, so there are many more people involved.

More THON alumni – the 37th year, so the list of people involved just keeps growing annually

Year round events – It’s isn’t just a few canning weekends and THON weekend, there are events all the time.

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Penn State THON raises $12,374,034.46 for pediatric cancer fight

THON 2013 total tops $12.3 millionThe Collegian

Penn State Dance Marathon raised $12,374,034.46, over $1.6 million more than 2012. When I was a student, it broke $2 million and we were in amazed.

From thon.org:

The Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, affectionately known as THON, is a yearlong effort to raise funds and awareness for the fight against pediatric cancer. Since 1977, THON has raised more than $89 million for the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.

That total raised since 1977 is now over $100 million.

Also, the last I heard, over 90% of the money raised goes directly to the charity. That’s HUGE — marketplace trust is considered 65%.

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Penn State: THON raises $10,686,924.83

THON raises record total, tops $10.6 millionThe Collegian
Wow, over $10 million raised this year, even with the challenges facing Penn State now.

In its 40-year history and 35-year partnership with the Four Diamonds Fund, THON has now raised more than $88 million for the patients and research at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

Very good! Just remember to keeps the books open and be humble.

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THON raises over $9.5 million for pediatric cancer fight

THON total grows, tops $9.5 millionThe Collegian
Penn State Dance Marathon raised $9,563,016.09 for the Four Diamonds Fund to fight pediatric cancer and support those families facing it. Over $1.5 million more than last year’s total was raised. Wow.

Good work Penn State, now be keep being transparent about where the THON money goes. Oh and volunteers, especially Greeks, don’t play the “yeah, but we do THON” card to justify misbehaving.

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Penn State: THON raises $7,838,054.36

THON breaks previous recordThe Collegian
Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon just completed another recordbreaker — $7,838,054.36 raised for the Four Diamonds Fund. Four Diamonds provides financial support to families of children with cancer treated at Penn State’s Milton Hershey Medical Center as well as research.

Good job, now hopefully THON will retain and expand its financial transparency and the community will remain humble (Collegian letter to the editor). Especially the Greeks.

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THON opens its books a little

THON 2009 data divulgedThe Collegian
Penn State’s Interfraternity Council/Panhellenic Dance Marathon released a summary a 2009 fiscal year summary. You may recall that back in February, I wondered where the THON money goes. I am glad they have given us an answer — 94.55 percent — $7,093,777.66 goes to the Four Diamonds Fund. That is a fantastic figure, good for them. Now we just need the Greek system to stop telling everybody that they should get to play by different rules than the everybody else because of THON.

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CDT wonders where the Thon money comes from, but the bigger question is where it goes

Money trail is hard to followCDT
Many people would probably guess that the biggest sacred cow at Penn State is Joe Paterno. Well, as recent years have shown, he’s not completely sacred. The actual sacred cow is Dance Marathon, known as THON. It is an event that raises millions annually for charity but has little public oversight:

But Thon and the Four Diamonds Fund are not independent charitable organizations. Rather, they are part of Penn State and get their tax exempt status from the university. As such, they — and Penn State — are not required to make any part of their finances public.

This has not historically been an issue, but the local newspaper is wondering where all the money comes from. What they should be asking is “where does all of it go?”. THON and its beneficiaries would benefit from being forthcoming about where the money is going. I don’t see that coming to light or even being pushed for though. It should be.

Three years ago, I called out the “Greeks do THON, so we should get to play by different rules” crowd: “You’re either for Thon or for cancer.”

UPDATE

THON opens its books a little12.09.2009

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