2011-02-24 / Local & State

Time To Tango: Dance Marathon Weekend At Penn St.

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – What Penn State organizers have dubbed the largest student-run philanthropy in the world starts again Friday in Happy Valley.

It’s time for the annual the Penn State IFC/ Panhellenic Dance Marathon – or simply “THON’’ as it’s known to students and alumni. About 700 dancers hope to twist and tango for 46 straight hours to raise money for The Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital. The charity benefits pediatric cancer research and care.

About 15,000 students total volunteer for the weekend long event also attended by pediatric cancer patients and their families. Students last year announced they had raised a record $7.8 million.

Organizers say they have donated more than $69 million over the more than three decades of the dance marathon.

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