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Penn State Altoona recognizes major gift with Reliance Bank Scoreboards dedication

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Penn State Altoona celebrated one of the largest gifts ever designated for support of its Intercollegiate Athletics program with the dedication of the Reliance Bank Scoreboards in the Adler Athletic Complex gymnasium on October 3, 2011. Guests enjoyed tailgate fare, an appearance by the Nittany Lion mascot, and a variety of spirited graphics displayed on the gym's two new scoreboards.

Penn State Altoona recognized a $110,000 gift from Reliance Bank with naming rights to two new scoreboards in the gym and placement of the Reliance Bank brand on the gym floor. The scoreboards feature a message center and cutting-edge statistical display. They will be subject to heavy use by Penn State Altoona's varsity basketball and volleyball teams, intramural sports, club sports, kinesiology classes, and community organizations. The scoreboards will retain high visibility among the diverse audiences that visit the gymnasium for a host of sporting contests, campus activities, and special events that are open to the public.

"For those who serve in development positions, there is nothing more rewarding than presenting a prospective donor with a proposal that matches their passion and philanthropic objectives," stated N. Susan Woodring, director of Development and Alumni Relations. "Reliance Bank's embrace of an opportunity to support our Intercollegiate Athletics program — at a time when funding sources for co-curricular programs and activities at many public and private educational institutions are waning — is yet another affirmation of core values that have made the bank one with our community."

The dedication program also included remarks by Dr. Lori J. Bechtel-Wherry, Penn State Altoona Chancellor; Paige Hensor, a member of the women's volleyball team; Mitch Moyer, a member of the men's basketball team; and Timothy P. Sissler, President/CEO of Reliance Bank. A video tribute to Reliance Bank was offered by Fredina M. Ingold, director of athletics.

"To Tim Sissler and all the representatives of Reliance Bank, I offer heartfelt thanks for the community partnership that you have forged with our college," said Bechtel-Wherry. "Your ongoing philanthropic support enables our college to sustain a level of excellence that our students deserve and society demands."

During his remarks, Sissler said the respective philosophies of Reliance Bank and Penn State Altoona on giving back to the community "are very much in step."

"Reliance Bank and its employees are extremely pleased to be contributors to the Penn State Altoona athletic programs," stated Sissler. "The student-athletes who compete for the love of the sport are developing lifelong team skills that will benefit their communities in the years to come. We at Reliance Bank are proud of them now and look forward with great anticipation to their future."

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