Tailgate Benefit

The annual Penn State Great Valley Tailgate Benefit raised over $4,000 for the school's Alumni Achievement Scholarship Fund, the Penn State Hershey Center for Protection of Children, and The Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital. This marked the largest donation raised by the annual event thanks to the hard work of the school's Alumni Society members and the support of over 175 attendees including advisory board members, alumni and their families, students, faculty and staff. Tailgate committee members, Rich Boclair ('01 MBA) and Kathy Hume ('96 MHA), couldn’t be happier. "This year's event was our biggest and most successful to date, and we cannot thank everyone enough for their fantastic support."

The benefit highlighted the Penn State Nittany Lions versus Nebraska Cornhuskers game, which was televised on the school's 30-foot, high-definition screen. The crowd enjoyed a tailgate-themed buffet, Creamery ice cream, a special appearance from the Nittany Lion mascot, a designated children’s fun area, and a silent auction with items that included a beach house in Avalon, a Calloway golf bag with a round of golf at a local golf club and a fitness club membership, plus numerous gift packages to local retail shops, restaurants, theatres, and area inns.

"The tailgate benefit is an amazing event that directly supports great Penn State causes," says Alexander E. Pratt, assistant director of development, Penn State Great Valley. "We cannot thank the Alumni Society enough for their support of these worthy causes that rely on the generosity of private donations."