Alumni golf outing raises $7,800 for New Kensington scholarships; photos online

Bolstered by three new official sponsors and an increase of seven tee sponsors, the Alle-Kiski Society raised $7,800 at its Aug. 8 Alumni Golf Scramble at the Links at Spring Church.

Industrial Automation and Control Inc. was the overall tournament sponsor, as well as the lunch and dinner beverage sponsor. Siemans Industry was the lunch sponsor, and CiD Steel Buildings sponsored the on-course beverage cart. In addition, 21 individuals and businesses signed-up as tee sponsors, including 14 sponsors who also brought a foursome to the outing.

Proceeds from the scramble are earmarked for the Alle-Kiski Society Endowed Scholarship at Penn State New Kensington that funds yearly awards to campus undergraduates. For the 2014-15 year, the society will award $4,300 in scholarships to campus students. Since 1998, $40,000 has been awarded to 48 students.

Five years ago, the event raised $3,200. In the past four years, the scramble has netted $33,000, more than the first 11 years combined. Former president of the society Bill Salem, a certified financial planner for SagePoint Financial Services, attributed the increase in profits to the support from the campus, local Penn Staters and the community, as well as the venue.

“The Alle-Kiski Society is able to increase its scholarship endowment because of the turnout by faculty and staff, alumni and local businesses,” said Salem, who founded the tournament in 2000. “We hope to build on these relationships and continue to grow the tournament. The Spring Church course was in great shape, and the dinner was fantastic. The Links staff was well organized and very accommodating.”

Minuteman Press/Thatsa Sign of Leechburg, led by owner Tony Colecchi, posted a 13-under to capture its second alumni scramble title. The team also won the 2011 crown with a record 16-under. Anthony Giotto, Bob Sciullo, Jim Summerville and Colecchi bested runner-up Trib Total Media-Valley News Dispatch by a shot. A sponsor since the event's inception in 2000, the Valley News Dispatch team, featuring Eric Felack, Tom Yerace, Dave Yohe and Alex Novickoff, made its first run at the title after 14 years in the middle of the pack. The Young Guns, comprising former campus golf team members Matt Miller, Nick Sibula, Ryan Slanicka and Kyle Toomer, took third at 10-under.

In the past four years, the alumni society has donated $41,000 for student upperclassmen scholarships, raising the endowment from $51,000 to $92,300. Using proceeds from this year’s tournament, the society will breach the $100,000 mark, a major milestone for the Penn State New Kensington-based alumni group.

In addition to its scholarship largesse, the alumni organization made a $10,000 gift to campus athletics for equipment for the cardiovascular fitness room. The society, which comprises Penn State graduates from the New Kensington and University Park campuses, also donated $2,000 to sponsor a reception for more than 100 campus students and their families at the annual Academic and Student Achievement Awards ceremony.
The date for the 2015 edition of the tournament has been finalized and is set for Friday, Aug. 7, at the Links.

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Last Updated August 21, 2014