The Bryce Jordan Center was full of honored guests on hand to celebrate the kickoff of the public phase of For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students, on Friday, April 23. The campaign's announced $2 billion goal makes it the biggest fundraising effort in the University's history.
The Penn State Glee Club opened the kickoff celebration for the public phase of the For the Future campaign on Friday night at the Bryce Jordan Center. The campaign's top priority is to increase scholarship support.
Centre Dimensions, Penn State's premiere jazz band, performed as guests ate dinner at the kickoff celebration for the For the Future fundraising campaign, held Friday, April 23, at the Bryce Jordan Center.
As guests finished their meals, Essence of Joy, under the direction of Penn State Laureate Tony Leach, took the stage to sing "From this House." Entertainment for the evening was provided by students, emphasizing the student-centered nature of the fundraising campaign.
The Penn State Percussion Ensemble joined with students in the Musical Theatre program for an energetic performance during the kickoff celebration for the public phase of For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students, held Friday night, April 23, at the Bryce Jordan Center.
Several students spoke throughout the program, explaining how important financial support in the form of scholarships has helped make their college educations possible.
Faculty, including Barbara Rolls, professor and the Helen A. Guthrie chair of nutritional sciences, College of Health and Human Development, also spoke on the importance of philanthropy in creating endowed chairs.
The Penn State Blue Band and majorettes performed before the announcement of the fundraising goal during the celebration of the public launch of For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students on Friday night, April 23.
The Penn State Nittany Lion helped Peter Tombros, volunteer chair of the For the Future Campaign, center, and Penn State President Graham B. Spanier reveal the campaign's goal of $2 billion at the kickoff event for the campaign, held Friday night, April 23, at the Bryce Jordan Center.
Penn State football coach Joe Paterno addressed the audience after the official fundraising goal of $2 billion was announced on Friday, April 23. Paterno told the crowd that the University has raised $1 billion already, and he was confident it could raise the second $1 billion. "The good news is we've got the money," Paterno said. "The bad news is that it's in YOUR pockets!
The evening ended with the playing and singing of the Penn State Alma Mater, with musical theatre students on stage leading the song, and the Blue Band ringing the audience and playing.