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Sen. Kasunic and Centra Bank to be honored at Blues and White Scholarship Gala

3/5/2010 —
Planning is underway for the second Blues and White Gala, the annual fundraising event for scholarships at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus. The gala will be held April 17 at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, and will again feature live and silent auctions, fine food and dancing. Proceeds from the Blues and White Gala benefit students attending Penn State Fayette. The inaugural gala in 2009 raised nearly $34,000—100 percent of which was distributed as scholarships to 28 students this past year.

Kiley Detar, one of the scholarship recipients, is pursuing a degree in psychology. She says the scholarship is helping her get closer to that goal. “Being chosen among the many students who also received this scholarship has given me a feeling of accomplishment. I feel like my hard work here at Penn State Fayette, and even in high school, has finally paid off. Penn State is one of the top schools in the country, so to be recognized among so many other students to be worthy of this scholarship is such an accomplishment for me.”

John Peck, another of the scholarship recipients, says the scholarship helps him focus on what’s important about a college education: learning. “It is difficult to keep up with the world financially these days, especially for a college student. The money awarded through this scholarship has enabled me to spend more time focused on my studies, rather than spending all of my time working to pay for tuition. This has also given me the time and drive to become very involved on campus. This sense of involvement has allowed me to become a stronger leader and an advocate for student’s rights. Ultimately, this award has made it possible for me to learn new things and have new experiences, giving me the best that Penn State Fayette has to offer.”

The gala also is the venue at which Penn State Fayette recognizes its special “Friends of Penn State Fayette.” This year Senator Richard A. Kasunic and Centra Bank will receive the honors.

Musical entertainment at the gala will be provided by No Bad JuJu. Items for the silent and live auctions will include trips, sports memorabilia and more. To receive an invitation, please call 724-430-4190.


Blues and White Gala Honorary Chairman Dr. Philip Savini talks with scholarship recipient Kiley Detar about the fundraiser that benefits students at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus.

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