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Penn State Fayette's Blues and White Gala raises $140,000

Kim Stepinsky | for the Tribune-Review
Francis Achampong,(L), Chancellor, Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus, and Lori Omatick, (R), Blues and White Gala Chair, join Terry and Denise McMillen, of South Union Township, the 2013 'Friends of Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus', during the Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus 5th Annual Blues and White Gala, held at Horizon Point at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Farmington on Saturday evening, May 11, 2013.

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In four years, the Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus Blues and White Gala has raised $140,000 to fund student scholarships.

The fifth annual event was held May 11 in spectacular fashion at Horizon Point, the meeting facility adjacent to the Five-Star Falling Rock hotel at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Farmington.

An opulent setting was enhanced by the rolling green of the Laurel Highlands in the background as 100 guests mingled at a reception in anticipation of the dinner and auction that followed.

Some of the items up for bid included PSU memorabilia, box seats and field passes to a 2013 Steelers game, a weekend for two at Nemacolin and a collection of albums autographed by artists such as the Drifters and Fabian.

This year's honored guests were Brownsville natives Terry andDenise McMillen, founders of McMillen Engineering in Uniontown. Terry McMillen, a distinguished alumnus award recipient and a former engineering instructor, is a member of the campus advisory board and capital campaign committee.

Both are credited with establishing two on-campus scholarships and believe “… the sum of our contributions must exceed our rewards.”

Emcee for the evening was WTAE-TV anchorSally Wiggin and event chairwoman was Lori Omatick.

Seen: Penn State Fayette chancellor Francis Achampong, Hank and Beverly Oppermann, Wayne and Nancy Port, Dennis and Darlene Noonan, Carmen and Paula Congelio, Fred and Sally Dobek, Bill Blaney, Pam Moore and Bill and Janice Jackson.

— Dawn Law

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