Springfield is a Special Interest Organization that was founded to solely support the Penn State Dance Marathon, affectionately known as THON. THON is a year-round effort to raise funds and awareness for the fight against pediatric cancer that culminates in a 46 hour no sitting, no sleeping dance marathon every February. The money that THON raises goes to the Four Diamonds, which supports children and their families battling pediatric cancer at Penn State Children’s Hospital.
As a Special Interest Organization (SIO), Springfield serves to fundraise for THON. Our tenacity and innovation have made us a leader within the THON community and we consistently rank among the top SIO's. Some of our fundraisers include canvasing, a date auction, a casino night, restaurant fundraisers, and boxing.
THON's Adopt-a-Family program pairs Four Diamonds families with approved Penn State Organizations. Springfield is paired with four amazing families: the Robertsons, the Colons, the Silbaughs, and the Schopfs. We provide emotional support for each family, and they inspire us each day to fundraise at our best.
Through our dedication to fundraising and serving our Four Diamonds families, Springfielders form strong (often lifelong) bonds with one another. We host a variety of community building events like SpringFIELD Day, Mr. and Mrs. Springfield Pageant, and a trip to the nearby Whipple Dam. Even many of our alumni still work to serve our cause and our members.