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Thon milestones

Dance Marathon committee members display the grand total of over $ 3 million raised after the event in 2000.
Dance Marathon committee members display the grand total of over $ 3 million raised after the event in 2000. CDT file photo

Penn State's IFC/Panhellenic Council Dance Marathon was first held in 1973 at the HUB. Since then it has raised more than $110 million for the Four Diamonds Fund.

We list some of Thon's milestones through the years here:

1973: The first Penn State Dance Marathon is held in Penn State’s HUB-Robeson Center, raising more than $2,000 for charity.

1977: Thon makes its first donations to the Four Diamonds Fund.

1978: Thon's partnership with the Four Diamonds Fund becomes permanent.

1979: Thon moves from the HUB-Robeson Ballroom to Penn State’s White Building.

1983: Thon broke the 6-figure mark for the first time, raising $131,182.

1992: Thon raises more than $1 million for the first time.

1999: Thon moves to Penn State’s Rec Hall and pledges $5 million to establish a research center at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

2004: Thon pledges $10 million to create a new Pediatric Cancer Pavilion at the Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.

2007: Thon moves to the Bryce Jordan Center and celebrates its 35th anniversary. It also raises more than $5 million.

2011: Thon raises more than $9.56 million for Four Diamonds, bringing the overall total raised to more than $78 million.

2012: Thon celebrates its 40th anniversary and raises more than $10.68 million for Four Diamonds.

2013: Thon's total donated to the Four Diamonds Fund surpasses $100 million.

2014: Thon raises more than $13.3 million.

Source: Thon.org

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