Ivy Leaf - Spring 2002

Society Joins Campaign Effort


The Penn State Altoona Alumni Society recently began another remarkable chapter in its storied philanthropic history by pledging $26,000 to the College through the Grand Destiny Campaign.

The $26,000 figure includes $6,000 toward the co-sponsorship of a soccer scoreboard. Contributions also will support the purchase of a sign that will replace the existing illuminated sign along Juniata Gap Road, and discretionary funds that will be applied to several other initiatives.

"The Society is pleased to be able to support Penn State Altoona with a contribution that will have a visible and lasting impact on the campus," said John Casanave, Society president. "The Alumni Society has a longstanding tradition of philanthropic support for the University and the Board of Directors is proud to play a meaningful role in perpetuating that tradition. The Board also extends its sincere appreciation to the members and others who have contributed to this effort."

Over the years, the Alumni Society's philanthropic contributions to Penn State Altoona have included an endowed scholarship fund, donations used for the construction of the Community Arts Center and the Ralph and Helen Force Advanced Technology Center, the Jack Baker Barbecue Pavilion, information boards, and the aforementioned sign on Juniata Gap Road.

"Penn State Altoona is, and always has been, extremely grateful to the Alumni Society for its significant philanthropic contributions," commented Joe Reasy, Director of Development. "Over the years, the untiring efforts of Board members to raise funds have resulted in an array of enhancements to the physical environment of the campus, and special programs that have directly benefited students. The entire Penn State Altoona community extends its sincere appreciation to the Society for its commitment to the Grand Destiny Campaign and its continuing sponsorship of social, educational and community service activities for our alumni and friends."