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Community invited to view THON finale live at ArtsQuest

2/6/2014 —

Anyone who has been to Penn State's THON knows that the culmination of the 46-hour, no-sleeping, no-sitting, dance marathon is the dramatic reveal of the total amount of money raised to help conquer pediatric cancer. Penn State Lehigh Valley is inviting the community to witness this moment, and the four hours leading up to it, during a celebration beginning at noon on Feb. 23, at the ArtsQuest Center in Bethlehem. The event is free and open to the public.

"The Lehigh Valley has seen our students canning in busy intersections and in front of stores. Maybe they've dropped a few coins in or donated online. We hope this new event will bring the community together with our campus and alumni to experience what THON means and celebrate the efforts of the largest student-run philanthropy in the world," said Ann Williams, chancellor of Penn State Lehigh Valley.

In addition to the live feed of THON from the Bryce Jordan Center at University Park, the event will feature a number of activities for the whole family including trivia, giveaways, a visit by the Nittany Lion and dancing. The SteelStacks will be illuminated with blue and white light in honor of the event and THON, which raised more than $12 million last year. Refreshments will be available for purchase.

The Penn State Lehigh Valley 2014 THON team is represented by dancers Rita DiBenedetto and A.J. Ressler. Last year, the campus team raised more than $36,000 toward the overall total, ninth-highest out of 19 campuses. Money raised from THON is donated to the Four Diamonds Fund at Hershey Medical Center.

To register for the event, click here. For more information, contact University Relations at 610-285-5067.

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