Paterno fundraiser reaches $25,000 mark
DuBois – The Penn State DuBois Alumni Society raised more than $25,000 at Thursday's reception and dinner featuring Nittany Lions Coach Joe Paterno.
Ticket sales, sponsorships, donations, and auctions pushed funds raised to the $25,000 mark, a goal which Paterno said would inspire him to donate $2,500 of his own money toward the cause. The event was the kickoff fundraiser for the Penn State DuBois Alumni Society's efforts to raise $50,000 by July 2007 in order to permanently endow a scholarship benefiting adult learners who attend the campus.
Paterno entertained the 200-plus crowd with anecdotes, coaching philosophy, thoughts on education and philanthropy, and memories of players and games past. He also gave the group a glimpse on prospects for the upcoming season. Throughout the evening, Paterno emphasized the importance of educational opportunities.
"We need to be able to have an opportunity for young people because tuition has skyrocketed. In order to get an education there has got to be access," Paterno appealed. "Understand what it takes to move this area ahead. Number one, help these folks (Penn State DuBois) educate the people. Then have the guts to make some other changes in the economy."
Paterno relayed memories of going to Sykesville to recruit former Penn State Nittany Lion Sam Valentine, and visiting DuBois, Clearfield and Philipsburg over the years. Small campuses like DuBois, he said, should be embraced for their more personal service and educational opportunities versus larger universities and University Park.
"You have that one-on-one relationship with professors that you feel comfortable with that you talk things out with," Paterno said. "I would not stay in coaching had there not been that type of relationship with my players."
Paterno, embarking upon his 41st season as head coach of the Nittany Lions, still thrives in the spirit of competition.
"Two teams get out there and they respect each other and they give each other the best game they got," Paterno said. "I want to play people who want to beat us and come prepared to beat us."
Paterno was presented with a sealed proclamation by DuBois City Councilman John Micks resolving June 8, 2006, as Joe Paterno Day in the City of DuBois. Anita McDonald, Chancellor at the Penn State DuBois campus, praised Paterno for his commitment to academic excellence among his players and his legendary status as a coach, leader and mentor.
Penn State DuBois Alumni Society President Judi Anthony remarked how an experience at a Penn State football game motivated her to seek an education at Penn State. If his players could keep up practice and game schedules, she said, she could certainly juggle school and a job.
The Penn State DuBois Alumni Society will continue its drive toward a $50,000 goal needed to endow a scholarship. The annual payout, approximately five percent, would be matched by Penn State University dollar-for-dollar. To donate, contact Charlene Gaus, Alumni Relations Officer, at (814)375-4786 or Marcia Newell, Acting Development Associate, at (814)375-4789.
Visit the online Still Life photo package from this event, which is posted at http://live.psu.edu/still_life/2006_06_09_dubois/index.html online.
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