Penn State dance marathon raises $10.68 million

Associated Press  |  Last updated February 19, 2012

ORLANDO, FL - JANUARY 1: Head coach Joe Paterno of the Penn State Nittany Lions leaves the field following the 2010 Capital One Bowl against the LSU Tigers at the Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium on January 1, 2010 in Orlando, Florida. Penn State won 19-17. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Officials say the annual Penn State dance marathon has raised a record $10.68 million to benefit pediatric cancer patients, an event held for the first time without late coach Joe Paterno. The total shattered last year's record $9.5 million for the 46-hour event. It was announced Sunday afternoon to more than 700 dancers who began to tango and twist on Friday night to raise money for The Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital. Paterno, who was 85, died last month, less than three months after being diagnosed with lung cancer. The Centre Daily Times says Paterno's son, Jay, told the crowd that Penn State students should be known for their leadership in the annual charity event rather than for the abuse scandal that has engulfed the school.
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