2012-02-23 / Local & State

PSU Dance Marathon Raises $10.68M

STATE COLLEGE, PA (AP) – The annual Penn State dance marathon has raised a record $10.68 million to benefit pediatric cancer patients, an event held for the first time without late coach Joe Paterno, officials said Sunday.

The total, which shattered last year’s record $9.5 million, was announced shortly after 4 p.m. Sunday to more than 700 dancers who had begun to tango and twist on Friday night to raise money for The Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.

The 46-hour IFC/Panhellanic Dance Marathon, billed as the largest student-run philanthropy in the world, has raised more than $88 million over almost three dozen years.

But this year’s event was the first without Joe Paterno, who died last month, less than three months after being diagnosed with lung cancer.

After Paterno’s death, his family had asked that in lieu of flowers or gifts, donations be made to Special Olympics of Pennsylvania or to the dance marathon.

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