Mont Alto Plunge

December 3, 2023

Anyone can jump in a lake.
Doing it with us makes you a hero.

Use this button to support our efforts but skip the dip — no jumping into a lake necessary

About the Plunge

Who hosts this plunge?

We Are… the Franklin County Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association and the Mont Alto Alumni Society.

We Are… students in the group “Penn State Mont Alto Benefiting THON.”

How do we fund this event?

We’re proud to partner with local businesses and community members who feel passionate about fighting childhood cancer. We honor them with a page of their own.

What is THON?

Penn State’s THON, the largest student-run philanthropy in the world, raises money every year to contribute toward fighting childhood cancer. It was started in 1977, and “THON” is short for Panhellenic Dance Marathon. Students raise money to dance for 46 hours!

All the Chilly Details

2023’s Plunge season is here, and we’re ready to raise a bunch of money #ForTheKids! Our December Plunge event will be held in-person at Cowans Gap State Park.
All profits go to help combat childhood cancer through Penn State’s THON. Alumni and students from Penn State Mont Alto collaborate to bring you this opportunity to do good.

When: December 3, 2023 — 11 a.m. arrival for a 12:30 p.m. plunge-time.

How: It only costs $10 to sign up. Participants get other folks to chip in — COOL!

Participants register and set up their personal pages, then share that info with their personal networks. We bet that participants know donors who would be happy to pay to see them jump in a lake.

On the weekend of the Plunge, we gather at the lake at Cowans Gap to jump in as a group.

What: Every cent we don’t use to spread the word and host the event is going to the Four Diamonds Foundation to fight childhood cancer through the Penn State Mont Alto student THON group.

If you have contributed in some way to our annual event, you’ve helped fight childhood cancer. In case you hadn’t guessed, that’s the big WHY.


Making a difference in the families lives that are impacted by cancer is one of the things we strive for most; this event does just that! FTK always!”y has to fight the battle alone! 

Raylee Gibbons, 2021 Student THON Leader

Making a difference in the families lives that are impacted by cancer is one of the things we strive for most; [Mont Alto Plunge] does just that! FTK always!

Layken barrows, 2021 Student THON Leader

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Plunge Location

Cowans Gap State Park, PA, in-person.

Or your house. Or your work. Or any location where you’d like to record yourself with a bucket of ice water. Keep it legal, keep it safe, please.

Paying by check:

Checks may be made payable to: Franklin County Penn State Alumni Chapter

Checks may dropped off at the Development Office at the Penn State Mont Alto campus or can be mailed to: Kristin Nicklas, 183 Lincoln Way E, Chambersburg, PA 17201

2022 Plunge Photos
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2021 Plunge Photos
2019 Plunge Photos
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2018 Inaugural Plunge Pics