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Legacy Gala

The foyer of the Carnegie Museum Music Hall was filled with tables, flowers, and gala guests.

The inaugural IUP Legacy Gala drew more than three hundred alumni and friends of the university to Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Museum Music Hall Foyer in April.

The event generated $144,000 in revenue, with net proceeds to benefit the University Fund for Academic Excellence. Three Presidential Legacy Awards were given to distinguished recipients.

First Commonwealth was the event’s presenting sponsor. A silent auction with donated items valued at close to $50,000 included a tour of YouTube headquarters in California and dinner with the company’s founder, Chad Hurley ’99; a Disney package; Steelers, Pirates, and Penguins packages; and a private tour of the Andy Warhol Museum.

The evening’s underwriting sponsors were Allen & O’Hara Development Company, LLC and Morgan Keegan & Company, Inc. Patron sponsors were Massaro Corporation, the Reschini Group, United States Steel Corporation, and Wharton Business Group.

Sponsors in the contributing category were Lorna Abernathy ’83 and Justin Abernathy; ATI Allegheny Ludlum; Eckert Seamans Cherin and Mellott, LLC; IUP Punxsutawney Regional Campus; L. Robert Kimball & Associates; KTH Architects, Inc.; Tim and Susan Rupert, IUP Class of 1968; Siemens Building Technologies; and WTW Architects.

Keenan Holmes ’03 received the Presidential Legacy Award for Civic Service

Keenan Holmes ’03 received the Presidential Legacy Award for Civic Service from President Atwater, right. Glenn Cannon ’71, the evening’s master of ceremonies, is in the background.

Legacy Gala Co-Chairs

Cathy Talerico Renda ’61, left, and Ruth Riesenman ’64 were the event’s cochairs.

Representing the Fairman Family

Beverly Fairman ’77, center, and Joyce Ritenour Fairman ’76, M’84, represented the Fairman family in accepting the Presidential Legacy Award for Philanthropy from President Atwater.

Terry Dunlap ’81 received the Presidential Legacy Award for Alumni Distinction

Terry Dunlap ’81, left, received the Presidential Legacy Award for Alumni Distinction from President Atwater.