A limited number of seats
remain for Pitt-Bradford’s 50thAnniversary Fundraising Gala Oct. 4.
Proceeds from the evening, which
will feature dinner, entertainment and a silent auction, will benefit the
Marilyn Horne Archive Collection Project.
The gala, which is expected to sell
out, will be hosted by the Office of the President and co-hosted by the Pitt-Bradford
Advisory Board and the Pitt-Bradford Alumni Association Board at the
university. Seats are $125 and may be purchased by calling the Office of
Institutional Advancement at Pitt-Bradford at 814-362-5091.
“Undertaking a project of this
magnitude is quite a challenge for our campus and our relatively sparsely
populated region,” said Dr. Livingston Alexander, Pitt-Bradford president.
“However, what has seemingly occurred throughout our campus’s history has
occurred once again: Bradford and surrounding communities have rallied to
support the effort to establish a Marilyn Horne Exhibit Center with ticket
purchases, generous sponsorships and exquisite auction items.”
Jill Ballard, executive director of
Institutional Advancement and managing director of the Bradford Educational
Foundation, said, “We are grateful for the amazing response that we’ve received
from our community, alumni, faculty and staff for this event. People want to
help celebrate our proud history, but, most importantly, are keenly interested
in learning more about our vibrant future.”
Opera legend and Bradford native
Marilyn Horne has made a commitment to the university to donate her personal
archives and those of her former foundation. Horne is expected to be a special
guest for the evening and speak about the archive.
Also during the event, Albert
Filoni, president of MacLachlan, Cornelius and Filoni Architects Inc. of
Pittsburgh, will unveil preliminary renderings of the display space for the
planned downtown Marilyn Horne Exhibit Center.
Following dinner and presentations,
there will be two brief recitals featuring soprano Stephanie Welge of
Ellicottville, N.Y., and New York City bass DeAndre Simmons in Blaisdell Hall. Manu
Gajanan will also entertain on piano during the dessert reception, and Shawn MurrayPhotography
will host a 1963 photo booth.
Items available for bid during the
auction include miniature versions of the university’s new bronze panther
statue by Bradford native and Western artist David Hodges; an overnight stay at
Keswick Hall at Monticello, Va., and a two-night stay and four rounds of golf
at the Omni Bedford Springs Resort.
Co-sponsor of the event is Saber
Healthcare Group. Other sponsors are Minard Run Oil Co., American Refining
Group, Northwest Savings Bank, Zippo Manufacturing Co., Kessel Construction
Inc., Metz Culinary Management, Carl E. Swanson & Sons Inc., Dr. Kimberly S.
Young and Mr. James E. O’Mara ’96, Bradford Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine
Group, Dr. Luis and Andrea Gonzalez and Joseph M. Marasco, attorney.