'Trash to Treasure: The Movie' to premiere at Eisenhower on Aug. 29

August 21, 2009

University Park, Pa. -- The public is invited to attend the nationwide premiere of "Trash to Treasure: The Movie." This feature-length, action documentary will reveal the inner workings of the largest philanthropic event conducted by the Centre County United Way of Pennsylvania. Learn how 70 tons of donated goods, 600 tables, hundreds of volunteers and thousands of shoppers all gather at Beaver Stadium on Penn State's main campus for a one day extravaganza to generate $65,000 for charity.

The film will premiere at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 29 at Eisenhower Auditorium. Seating is first come, first served.

The film showing will be followed at 8:45 p.m. by a live panel discussion and question and answer session with the Trash to Treasure leadership team. There also will be an opportunity to interface with various United Way agency members in the front lobby.

Free Parking in the Eisenhower Parking Deck will be provided.

Penn State has gained national recognition for its environmentally friendly "Trash to Treasure" project. This annual event collects items that would otherwise be discarded and end up in the local landfill. Each year students donate carpets, fans, clothing items, electronics, appliances, area rugs, furniture, bedding, sporting goods and much more, to be sold at very reasonable prices at a giant "yard sale" at Beaver Stadium. All of the proceeds from this sale go to the Centre County United Way, which funds 40 local partner agencies.

Thousands of shoppers attended the eighth annual Trash to Treasure this year and spent more than $60,000 to purchase 63.4 tons of goods. To date, the program has raised more than $350,000 for the Centre County United Way and saved 530 tons of goods from being shipped to a landfill. Penn State has saved approximately 3,600 gallons of fuel by not having had to haul 530 tons of trash to the Somerset land fill. For more information on this sale, organized by the Penn State Office of Physical Plant and Housing Services, visit http://www.trashtotreasure.psu.edu.

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Last Updated August 26, 2009