THON: $7.8 Million For the Kids
The world’s most amazing philanthropy finished up at the Bryce Jordan Center at 4:00 this afternoon, when Penn State students who had been on their feet continuously since Friday night at 6:00—46 straight hours—were finally told they could sit down. Shortly after that, the THON organizers announced the total amount raised in this year’s event: $7.838 million.
The photo above is just a screen grab I took as I watched the finale of THON on a live webcast. I’m sure there will be better versions of that iconic shot in the days to come.
THON is, as any Penn Stater will readily tell you, the world’s largest student-run philanthropy; it raises money for the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. To generate more than seven million dollars for kids with cancer is just astounding. This year’s participants were battling a tough economy, but they also benefited from some star-studded support from such folks as Khloe Kardashian and Perez Hilton.
Penn State student Andy Colwell was there for most if not all of the weekend, shooting photos for Penn State Live. Three of my favorites of his are below; click on any of them to see larger (they’re great!). You can see more—and get more THON results—at live.psu.edu.
Tina Hay, editor