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Blues and White Gala to auction sports memorabilia and more for scholarships

4/2/2010 —
Details are available about the second annual Blues and White Gala to be April 17, beginning at 6 p.m., at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort and Spa. The gala, which raised nearly $34,000 when it debuted last year, is designed to raise scholarship funds for students attending Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus.

Dining and dancing will again be a feature of the event. Musical entertainment at this year’s gala will be No Bad JuJu, a popular eight-piece band from Pittsburgh. No Bad JuJu’s eclectic mix of music encompasses R&B, Soul and Funk.

Last year’s live and silent auctions were so successful, they will be repeated. Several auction items are sure to be popular with local sports fans. Live auction items include: four Pittsburgh Steelers luxury box tickets for a 2010 game, including pre-game sideline passes; a Pittsburgh Penguins 2010 Playoff Experience Package, including four premium playoff tickets, dinner for four at the Igloo Club, four Pittsburgh Penguin ball caps, and round-trip transportation to and from the game; a Rashard Mendenhall-autographed Steelers football helmet; a Lamar Woodley-autographed Steelers jersey; an Evgeni Malkin-autographed Penguins hockey jersey; a Joe Paterno-autographed Penn State football; a round of golf and lesson for four with the resident pro at Mystic Rock; and a weekend package for two at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort. Silent auction items include: golf, ballet, dining and Penn State gift baskets, and more.

Local WTAE-TV anchor Michelle Wright is the gala’s master of ceremonies and will conduct the live auction. In addition to the auctions and dancing, a highlight of the evening will be when Penn State Fayette honors two “Friends of Penn State Fayette”: state Sen. Richard Kasunic (D-Dunbar) and Centra Bank. Lori Omatick, director for Development at the Fayette campus, says honorees are chosen because of their commitment to Penn State Fayette and the local community. “We are proud to have an opportunity at the Blues and White Gala to recognize individuals and organizations that are special to the campus.”

The Blues and White Gala was the initiative of Penn State Fayette Chancellor Emmanuel I. Osagie, who died unexpectedly March 9. The funds netted at the inaugural gala in April 2009 were awarded in scholarships to 28 students during the current 2009-2010 academic year. Omatick explains, “It is important for students to be able to obtain the high-quality education Penn State offers, but 91 percent of Penn State Fayette students have a need for student aid. With the gala, Penn State Fayette is able to partner with the community to directly help our students.”

Key sponsors of the gala to-date include 84 Lumber Company, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort and Spa, BAE Systems, Mr. and Mrs. W. Gerald Blaney, Centra Bank, Ford Business Machines, Miss Ida Procyk, University Commons Student Housing, and Williams.

The Blues and White Gala includes dinner. R.S.V.P.s are being taken through April 9. To receive an invitation or make reservations, please call 724-430-4190.

Blues & White Gala

Auction items for the Blues and White Scholarship Gala are coming in, and many will have strong appeal to local sports fans. Displaying some of the items that will be auctioned at the gala are (clockwise, from bottom left): Penn State Fayette Interim Chancellor Dr. Francis Achampong; Jeremy Burnworth, Blues and White Gala Marketing Committee chairman; Lori Omatick, gala chairperson; Dr. Phil Savini, honorary gala chairman; and the Nittany Lion. (Photo by Bill Hager.)
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