Two to be honored at campus' annual gala

April 29, 2010

Penn State Brandywine will honor two outstanding alumni and raise money for student scholarships at its third annual Alumni Recognition Event, “For the Future,” on May 22, at the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park.

The event also will celebrate the campus’ official kick-off for the University-wide capital campaign: "For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students," which aims to secure $2 billion by 2010 to provide an outstanding education to students from every economic background.

The campus’ event will celebrate the achievements of Pennsylvania State Representative Thomas Killion, class of 1979, of Middletown Township, and Sylvia Schaffer, class of 1989, of Glen Mills, the campus’ retired, long-time financial aid coordinator. Susan Barnett, of CBC-3 TV will serve as the emcee for the evening.

The black-tie optional event will feature hors d’oeuvres at 6:30 p.m. in the Carousel House, followed by dinner at approximately 7:30 p.m. in the historic Hamilton Hall, live music provided by the Philly Horn Band and live and silent auctions, which will include artwork, Penn State and Phillies paraphernalia, tickets to various museums and sporting events in the region and luxury vacation homes.

Killion has served as State Representative for the 168th Legislative District in Delaware and Chester Counties since 2003. Before assuming this position, he founded InR Advisors Inc., a pension advisories firm. Killion is former chairman of the Delaware County Council, and previously served on the boards of Penn State Brandywine, Rocky Run YMCA, Elwyn School, SEPTA and the Delaware County Domestic Abuse Project.

Shaffer was a mother, homemaker and volunteer when she decided to return to college to earn a degree. She became a full-time student at the campus and graduated in four years with a degree in liberal arts. Several months after graduation, she joined the campus as the financial aid coordinator and assisted hundreds of students in finding a way to pay for their college education. Since her retirement in 2008, Shaffer has resumed her many volunteer activities and devotes hours to her church and other community organizations.

Current event sponsors include the Franklin Mint, Aqua Pennsylvania and the Delaware Valley Healthcare Council.

Tickets for the event are $150 per person and seating is limited. Please contact Risa Pitman at 610-892-1255 or for more information or to reserve a seat by May 14. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Rachel Greenberg at 610-892-1249 or

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Last Updated May 04, 2010