Blues and White Gala raises nearly $40,000 for student scholarships
The fourth annual Blues and White Gala scholarship fundraising event hosted by Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus May 12 raised nearly $40,000 for student scholarships. This brings the total of Blues and White scholarship funds to $138,000 over the four years the gala has been held.
The theme of this year’s gala was “Blues and White with a Tuscan Twist.” More than 100 people attended the event held at Horizon Point in Nemacolin Woodlands Resort. Emcee for the gala was Larry Richert, host of the KDKA News Radio Morning News, and featured musical entertainment was vocalist Angelo Babbaro, performing in the style of Frank Sinatra. Both silent and live auctions were successful and gala attendees went home with some noteworthy items, including sports memorabilia, travel, shopping and dining packages, and much more.
The gala is significant because all of the proceeds raised provide scholarships to students who may not otherwise afford a Penn State education. Currently, 90 percent of Penn State Fayette students qualify for student aid, and approximately 25 students benefited from last year’s gala proceeds.
Lori Omatick, gala planning chair and director of Development at the Fayette campus, says, “The significance in this effort is that 100 percent of the proceeds raised in the spring are distributed to students in the following academic year, as opposed to the various endowed scholarships, which disburse only a percentage of the principal fund balance each year.”
The gala also provided the Fayette campus an opportunity to recognize the Swimmer family as “Friends of Penn State Fayette.” This special honor was created to recognize an individual or organization that has been exceptionally supportive of Penn State Fayette throughout the years through scholarships, awards, and activities.
Some of the gala’s key sponsors this year included: Nemacolin Woodlands Resort; Joshua and Maria Swimmer; Lenore Swimmer; Gerald and Carolyn Blaney; the Penn State Fayette Advisory Board; and many others.