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'Thon By The Numbers

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- 60 percent of 'Thon proceeds come from canister solicitations.
- 78 dancers participated in the first 'Thon in 1973. They raised $2,000.
- 87 percent of Four Diamonds Fund income comes from 'Thon.
- 90 new families receive support from the Four Diamonds Fund each year.
- 140 Four Diamonds Fund families will attend 'Thon this year.
- 500 families are typically supported by the Four Diamonds Fund at one time.
- 704 dancers will stay on their feet for 48 hours this weekend.
- 1,271 dancers, volunteers and attendees at 'Thon in 2003 broke the record for the world's largest hug.
- 1977 was the year U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., then a Penn State student majoring in political science, danced in 'Thon.
- 2,000 families have been helped by the Four Diamonds Fund since it started in 1972.
- 2,000 student volunteers will help with 'Thon.
- 30,000 people are expected to visit Rec Hall this weekend.
- 'Thon raised $3,547,715 in 2004.
- $10,000,000 has been pledged by 'Thon over the next six years to support a new Penn State Children's Hospital cancer pavilion.
- $30,000,000 has been donated to the Four Diamonds Fund from 'Thon so far.

Source: Penn State Interfraternity Council/Panhellenic Dance Marathon

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