Annual Mont Alto Polar Plunge

A group of students waits with the Nittany Lion by a tent

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

Third annual Plunge will take place in December 2020!
Cowans Gap State Park, Pennsylvania

If you’d like to skip the dip into the lake, but would still like to support our efforts, scroll down and send us a message. We have options for everyone’s style of generosity!

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.”

What is THON?

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

#WeAre #ForTheKids #FTK #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.

All the Chilly Details

A group of people brave the cold water in foggy conditions

Cowans Gap State Park, Pennsylvania

At 1 PM on a Sunday in December 2020, plunging will start in waves. Our event is open to the public (must be 14 or older). There are safety personnel at the site. Also, heated changing areas, hot chocolate, and a bonfire are ready to warm you!

Group of college students and children make the Four Diamonds symbol together with their hands

Registration and Fundraising

Individual registration is $12 and includes a free promotional tee-shirt. Participants are encouraged to secure at least $100 in sponsorship. In case you need more motivation than helping kids with cancer and jumping into a cold lake, prizes will be awarded to top fundraisers!


Being in THON has brought so much joy into my life because we are making a difference one step at a time.

Keighley Taylor, 2018 THON Dancer

These little cubs deserve to grow up to be lions. We will one day dance in celebration of a cure and until then, I will be dancing to make this dream a reality.

Mackenzie Brymesser, 2018 THON Dancer

Getting into the action

Plunge Location

Paying by check:

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

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

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