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Casey, Toomey, Thompson Introduce Resolution to Recognize Pennsylvania State University’s THON for Record-Breaking Fundraising

Thursday, Mar 14

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA), and Congressman Glenn "GT" Thompson introduced a resolution to congratulate the Pennsylvania State University's IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon on its continued success in support of the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital. The Dance Marathon, commonly referred to as THON, raised $12,374,034.46 this year, shattering previous fund-raising records for the event.

"I commend the students of Penn State on their commitment to public service and philanthropy," said Senator Casey. "THON has outdone itself once again, raising a huge sum of money and giving hope to pediatric cancer patients and their families. Raising over $10 million ‘for the kids' is an amazing accomplishment. I commend the organizers, volunteers, supporting organizations and dancers who have raised the bar for philanthropy and brought needed attention to the fight to find a cure for cancer."

"Congratulations to Penn State's students and community for organizing 2013's Penn State Dance Marathon," said Senator Toomey. "This event raised more than $12 million to combat pediatric cancer. The compassion and commitment of Penn State's students - as well as their endurance on the dance floor - are inspiring to me and all Pennsylvanians. Penn State should be extremely proud of their work. "

"Year-after-year ‘THON' has grown in organizational support and continues to surpass its previous fundraising records, which could not have been done without the tireless work of the students, volunteers and the caring hearts throughout the Penn State community," stated Rep. Thompson. "I am proud to have the support of the entire Pennsylvania Congressional Delegation as we introduce this resolution in recognition of ‘THON' and it's continued legacy."

THON consists of student volunteers at Penn State collecting money and dancing for 46 straight hours for the mission of conquering pediatric cancer and promoting awareness of the disease to thousands of individuals.

THON is the largest student-run philanthropy in the world, with over 700 dancers, more than 300 supporting organizations and more than 15,000 volunteers involved in the annual event. THON has raised more than $100 million for the Four Diamonds Fund since the two organizations became affiliated in 1977.

The full text of the resolution is below:

Congratulating the Pennsylvania State University IFC/Panhellenic
Dance Marathon on its continued success in support of the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital.

Whereas the Pennsylvania State University IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (referred to in this preamble as ‘‘THON'') is the largest student-run philanthropy in the world, with 710 dancers, more than 300 supporting organizations, and more than 15,000 volunteers involved in the annual event;

Whereas student volunteers at the Pennsylvania State University annually collect money and dance for 46 consecutive hours at the Bryce Jordan Center for THON, bringing energy and excitement to the Pennsylvania State University campus for the mission of conquering pediatric cancer and promoting awareness of the disease to thousands of individuals;

Whereas all THON activities support the mission of the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital, which provides financial and emotional support to
pediatric cancer patients and their families and funds research on pediatric cancer;

Whereas, each year, THON is the largest donor to the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital, having raised more than $100,000,000 since 1977, when the 2 organizations first became affiliated;

Whereas, in 2012, THON set a new fundraising record of $12,374,034.46, surpassing the previous record of $10,686,924.83, set in 2012;

Whereas THON-
(1) has helped more than 2,000 families through the
Four Diamonds Fund;
(2) is helping to build a new Pediatric Cancer Pavilion
at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital; and
(3) has supported pediatric cancer research that has
caused some pediatric cancer survival rates to increase to
nearly 90 percent; and

Whereas THON has inspired similar events and organizations across the United States, including at high schools and institutions of higher education, and continues to encourage students across the United States to volunteer and stay involved in great charitable causes in their communities: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Senate-

(1) congratulates the Pennsylvania State University IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (referred to in this resolution as ‘‘THON'') on its continued
success in support of the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital; and
(2) commends the Pennsylvania State University students, volunteers, and supporting organizations who worked hard to put together another record-breaking THON.

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