Friday, May 13, 2022
Benefitting the Brandywine Future Fund, to support the Student Success Center in the Vairo Library at Penn State Brandywine
Penn State Brandywine welcomed alumni and friends back to campus for the 2022 Brandywine Ball Friday, May 13. The evening kicked off with a cocktail hour featuring a signature blue and white cocktail, student engineering demonstrations, a silent auction, and music from The Voice’s Jimi Milligan.
Penn State’s Executive Chef Mark Kowalski and Berks Managing Chef Joe Ertle treated guests to a meal that included a carving station, tuna poke, and mushroom Bolognese. Moore Brothers provided wine education at their tasting bar, and two local companies founded by Penn State alumni, Stateside Vodka and Locust Lane Brewery, supplied the spirits and craft beer.
Master of Ceremony Jeremy Branch ’06 welcomed guests and introduced Chancellor Marilyn Wells. Dr. Wells shared the success of our A Greater Penn State for 21st Century Excellence campaign, which exceeded our $6,765,000 goal three months ahead of schedule. Additionally, she announced Penn State Brandywine’s ongoing fundraising effort to benefit the Student Success Center at the Vairo Library, including a goal of raising $25,000 during the Ball benefitting the Brandywine Future Fund and the Student Success Center.
Following this, Brandywine’s 2020 and 2022 Lion’s Heart Award recipients were announced, honoring Bobbi Caprice, Tyler Arboretum, The Wilbur C. and Betty Lea Henderson Foundation, and David and Marjorie Rosenberg. Student speaker Jessica Gore ’24 then shared her personal story of why a Penn State Brandywine education is important to her success. Finally, guests were invited to make a pledge to support the Brandywine Future Fund, which raised $22,750 in support for the Student Success Center at the Vairo Library, before Jimi Milligan and The Big House Band kicked off the dancing for the evening.
Thanks to the generosity of sponsors, donors, and guests, the Brandywine Ball raised just over $50,000 for the Brandywine Future Fund’s support of the Student Success Center at the Vairo Library, surpassing our goal. We owe gratitude to our diamond level title sponsors, Communications Test Design, Inc. and the Wilbur C. and Betty Lea Henderson Foundation who helped make the event possible, as well as sponsors The David and Marjorie Rosenberg Foundation, Pennoni Associates, Rick and Tracey Riegel, Scott Spiezel and Susan Goldy, Mark and Lauren Dambly, and Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern PA.
Thank you to everyone who made the Penn State Brandywine Ball a success!
If you did not get a chance to make a gift before the Brandywine Ball last month, please consider making a donation today by visiting our giving page. Thank you.
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About Penn State Brandywine
Penn State Brandywine opened in 1967 and is one of 20 Penn State Commonwealth Campuses (and 24 total locations) across the state. The current campus sits on 112 acres of park-like grounds just 20 miles west of Philadelphia. The campus enrolls approximately 1,300 students, offering 15 baccalaureate degrees, 18 minors, associate degrees, and a variety of special programs. We are committed making a high-quality Penn State education accessible to students right here in Delaware County.