Trash to Treasure Sale Raises $41,000 for Centre County United Way

June 02, 2003

University Park -- Penn State and the Centre County United Way, along with hundreds of volunteers, joined forces on May 24 to stage the second annual Trash to Treasure sale. Sixty-five tons of items-which were donated by 14,000 Penn State students at the end of spring semester-were sold to the community, raising about $41,000 for the Centre County United Way.

"I couldn't be prouder of how the entire Penn State community came together to achieve this extraordinary result," said David Monk, 2003 United Way Chair for the Penn State campaign. "Penn State made exceptionally generous gifts for the sale. Penn State employees throughout the University followed suit and gave generously of their time and talent to help organize the sale. Shoppers from all over Centre County and beyond made the magic happen by transforming the treasures into dollars for the United Way. This is a fine moment for our entire community, and I'm confident that we'll be seeing even greater successes in the future."

The sale also helps the environment by keeping usable items out of the landfill. Al Matyasovsky, supervisor of central support services in the Office of Physical Plant, added, "We are thrilled to be able to put such usable items back into the hands of people in our community, rather than disposing of them, such as we have had to do in the past. The Trash to Treasure sale is clearly a win-win for all of us."

In addition to the items sold, Penn State students donated 12,000 pounds of food — valued at $18,000 — to the Trash to Treasure event. The food was given to the Food Bank of the State College Area for further distribution among county emergency food programs.

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