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IUP Honoring Regional Achievers at Third Annual Legacy Gala

Indiana University of Pennsylvania will honor regional achievers on April 10, 2010, at the third annual IUP Legacy Gala in Pittsburgh.

The gala will be hosted by President Tony Atwater and his wife, Beverly Roberts-Atwater, at the Carnegie Museum Music Hall Foyer.

This black-tie event will feature cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and a silent auction beginning at 6:00 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m., with music and dancing at 9:00 p.m.

The program features the presentation of the Presidential Legacy Award for Civic Service and the Presidential Legacy Award for Alumni Distinction.

The award recipients will be announced in February.

In 2009, Atwater presented the Presidential Legacy Award for Civic Service to Bill Strickland, president and CEO, Manchester Bidwell Corporation and its subsidiaries, Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild and Bidwell Training Center; the Presidential Legacy Award for Alumni Distinction to Lynette Singel Horrell, a 1984 IUP graduate, office managing partner, Ernst & Young, Pittsburgh office; and the Presidential Legacy Award for Philanthropy to George Zamias, Sr., and Marianna Zamias, the founders of George D. Zamias Developer.

Pennsylvania Auditor General Jack Wagner, a 1974 graduate of IUP, served as master of ceremonies for the event.

For more information or to reserve a table or seat for the IUP Legacy Gala, call the Office of University Events at 724-357-2145. Tickets are $175 per person (table purchases are encouraged).

The event also will include a silent auction of unique objects, services, and recreational events.

All proceeds from the gala benefit the University Fund for Academic Excellence. In the past two years, the event has raised more than $250,000 for this fund, which is used to enrich the student experience at IUP, assisting with costs for students to participate in academic, programmatic, and experiential opportunities outside the classroom.

Funds are available to students for scholarships; travel and expenses related to conference presentations, research supplies, and equipment; classroom materials and equipment; and faculty professional development that translates directly to improvement of current academic programming.

At the inaugural Legacy Gala in 2008, Atwater presented the Presidential Legacy Award for Alumni Distinction to Terry Dunlap, a 1981 IUP graduate and president of Allegheny Ludlum; the Presidential Legacy Award for Civic Service to Keenan Holmes, a 2003 IUP graduate and attorney based in Pittsburgh; and the Presidential Legacy Award for Philanthropy to the Fairman family, of Jefferson County. Former manager and chief operating officer of Allegheny County Glenn Cannon a 1966 graduate of IUP, served as master of ceremonies.

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