Event raises more than $2,000 for Educational Opportunity Program

The sound of a variety of music and the modeling talents of the Nittany Catwalk Club entertained a crowd of about 80 at Penn State York on Friday, Nov. 14, when the Celebration of Music took place. The event raised $2,168.90 for the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP).

“I am very happy, it is beyond what I had expected,” said Tiffany Barlow, organizer of the event and a senior in human development and family studies (HD FS) at the campus.  “The money is going to a great cause and that makes it even better.”

The EOP provides opportunities to students of limited financial means who are interested in Penn State and who show academic promise and ability but may not initially fall within the general admission standards in terms of high school grades and standardized test scores. The program offers support resources for these students to help them throughout college and to succeed.

Tickets sales and donations raised $1,084.45 and matching funds from the Penn State York Bookstore brought the total to more than $2,000.

In a friendly competition, a number of groups performed and those in attendance voted for their favorite act. The winning  group was a trio of Penn State York students, Rhoi Fajardo, violin and piano; Peter Bottros, piano; and Mandar Bandekar, guitar.

Barlow is working with EOP students as part of an internship through the HD FS program under the guidance of faculty member JeanMarie St. Clair-Christman, assistant professor of human development and family studies.

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Last Updated November 17, 2011