Mont Alto Polar Plunge

In 2020, it got personal.

If you’d like to skip the dip, but would still like to support our efforts, we’ll provide a button for you to click later in 2021 — you can sponsor a participant or team, or just donate.

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 childhood 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

Polar bear graphic with Nittany Lion scarf

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

The 2020 Polar Plunge has been of a personal variety.

Fashioned after an ice bucket challenge, the 2020 Mont Alto Personal Polar Plunge has been a bridge event to next year’s reboot of our lake dive.

Lion and student -- thumbs up

When: 2020 December 4, 5, 6 — this year we had three days to choose from for getting in on the action!

Lion and students -- high five

How: It only cost $10. If participants could get other folks to chip in, that was cool, too.

Participants set their personal pages up (for their personal plunges, lol) and then shared that info with their personal groups. We bet that participants knew donors who would be happy to pay to see them dump buckets of ice water on themselves. We weren’t wrong. (Thank you all…)

Videos abounded of participants committing to the final stage of their fundraising: the bucket plunge.

Lion -- number one

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

If you contribute in some way to our annual event, you’ll be helping fight childhood cancer. In case you hadn’t guessed, that’s the big WHY.


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

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Plunge Location

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 Donor Development Office at the Penn State Mont Alto campus or can be mailed to: 1040 McClures Gap Road, Carlisle, PA 17013

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