Campus exceeds goal at conclusion of Grand Destiny Campaign

May 13, 2003

Last Saturday (May 10), Penn State Beaver celebrated the successful conclusion of its Grand Destiny Campaign by hosting a reception and dinner for campus donors at Seven Oaks Country Club in Beaver. Frank Papa, chairman of Beaver's Grand Destiny Campaign Committee and president of HDS of Beaver Falls, Inc., announced that the campus reached a grand total of $2,112,402 in gifts and pledges. This amount exceeds the campus' original goal of $1.5 million by 40 percent. Papa noted the ongoing importance of individual support for Penn State Beaver. Gary B. Keefer, Penn State Beaver campus executive officer, and Richard L. Shaw, a campaign committee member and chairman of the board of Michael Baker Corporation, also gave remarks. Keefer provided a brief outline of how campaign funds are being used, including scholarship endowments, academic program support, faculty research, student athletics, Adult Literacy Action, the Brodhead Cultural Center, and other campus projects and outreach efforts. Shaw spoke about the critical need for continued corporate support of the campus to encourage the growth of its programs and students. In addition to the speakers, video clips featuring Walter Cronkite and Bill Cosby congratulating Penn State on its campaign success and a brief retrospective of the Grand Destiny Campaign were shown. The overall amount raised by Penn State's seven-year Grand Destiny Campaign totaled $1.36 billion in gifts and pledges. For information about making a gift to Penn State Beaver or the Grand Destiny Campaign, which officially closes on June 30, contact Yvonne Maher, Beaver campus director of institutional advancement, at (724) 773-3558 or

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