If you live in Lower Providence Township and automatically complete the phrase “We Are” with “Penn State,” there is a major event you should probably attend coming up for Montgomery County residents. “A Night Celebrating Joe Paterno,” a fundraiser to both honor the coach and raise cash for scholarships.
The event, set for June 18, will take place at the Normandy Farm Hotel in Blue Bell. Money raised at the event and through the selling of a very unique piece of art will go toward scholarships for Montgomery County-based students aimed at attending Penn State. A smaller portion of the proceeds will also be donated to the Paterno Foundation.
“Because of the Alumni Association’s desire that the money raised from sales goes mostly to scholarships, the artwork is only being sold by the various chapters of the Association, not retail,” explained an article on OnwardState.com.
Those that cannot attend the event can still support the cause and grab a 16x20-inch copy of the artwork by visiting the Montgomery County Alumni Association website here. The print is $30 and comes on an acid-free archival paper that bears the symbol of the Paterno Family Trust, according to the site.
Those attending the Night will witness Sue, Jay and Diana Paterno being presented with the commemorative artwork, in addition to seeing Adam Taliaferro, former player and trustee, speak at the event. There are also planned silent auctions, basket raffles, dinner and a cash bar. Tickets for the event are $59.95 per person.
Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with a buffet dinner at 7:30 p.m.
The artwork, which was created for the second anniversary of the coach’s passing, commemorates his 409 victories. Daniel Duffy, a local artist, created the work to remember the wins of the coach. It has been called “Paterno 409,” despite controversial NCAA decision to not count some of his wins as part of a punishment to the school for the Jerry Sandusky scandal. No matter the board’s decision, Paterno accomplished a 409th win on Oct. 29, 2011, making Joe Paterno the winning most coach in Division I college football.
“This has been a brainchild that has been in the making since February when we got the piece from the artist,” event chair Jason Goft said to Onward State. “We’ve been working hard to distribute it throughout the country.”
If alumni are headed to the annual Arts Fest, the chapter will also be on hand there to sell prints of the artwork. The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts is slated for July 10 to 13.