What are some of the programs that the Penn State Thon participates in or supports?


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As of 2015, some programs that the Penn State THON participates in are the THON Recycling and Environmental Effort, THON Raffle Sale and Wigs for Kids. The fundraising efforts from these programs go to benefit Four Diamonds, which provides support to children with pediatric cancer and their families.

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Penn State THON is the common name for Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, a 46 hour dance marathon that occurs at Pennsylvania State University each February. It was formed in 1973 by the Interfraternity Council and as of 2015 is the largest student-run charity in the world.

One program that benefits from Penn State THON is Wigs for Kids, which has been a partner since 2009. Wigs for Kids gives wigs at no cost to children who have lost their hair. Students who donate their hair sometimes do so on-stage during THON Weekend, but hair can be donated at any time during the year.

Another program is THON Raffle Sale, which occurs several times during the weeks leading up to THON Weekend. Examples of prizes include a trip to Europe, Dell laptop or Carnival Cruise. All proceeds go to THON to benefit Four Diamonds.

The THON Recycling and Environmental Effort provides incentives to organizations that collect the most bags of recycling from December to THON Weekend.

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