Penn State Lehigh Valley Alumni Society wins award for innovative event

Blue and White band with Lion

The Alumni Blue band played in Downtown Bethlehem at Penn State Lehigh Valley Day 2015.

Credit: Kate Morgan

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — Four people and 20 alumni groups were honored by the Penn State Alumni Association for their inspiring work with one of 14 Volunteer Awards in October at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel.

Penn State Lehigh Valley Alumni Society won one of the Ned Brokloff Awards for Alumni Association Affiliate Group Innovation. The Lehigh Valley Alumni Society specifically was honored for Penn State Lehigh Valley Day which was held in downtown Bethlehem and drew a crowd of more than 200 alumni, staff, students, friends and community members. The event helped raise more than $3,600 to support the fight against pediatric cancer while also patronizing local small businesses. The event was held in partnership with the Downtown Bethlehem Association. Local businesses created a “passport” and donated part of the day’s proceeds to the fight against pediatric cancer. This event provided a wide range of exposure for the Lehigh Valley campus.

“Penn State Lehigh Valley Day in downtown Bethlehem embraces all of the major cornerstones of Penn State Lehigh Valley Alumni Society’s mission. This event unites our alumni society and Penn State Lehigh Valley in a combined effort to showcase the local campus and its students to the entire region,” said Larry Trubilla, president of the Penn State Lehigh Valley Alumni Society. “Together with the members of the Downtown Bethlehem Association, alumni, students, and staff worked tirelessly to raise funds to support pediatric cancer patients and their families. We are proud and humbled to receive this award.”

The Volunteer Awards recognize exemplary service by alumni and affiliate groups who have contributed their time, leadership and talent on behalf of the Alumni Association and Penn State. To review the full list of winners, visit the Alumni Association website.


Dennille Schuler

Public Relations Specialist
Penn State Lehigh Valley

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