November 5, 2008
More than 200 alumni, friends, faculty, staff and student volunteers gathered Saturday to help raise money for the Penn State Greater Allegheny Student Scholarship Fund at the fifth annual ?All That?s Jazz? event. By the end of the evening, the final tally was $56,060, which brings the overall total raised in just five years to more than $214,000. The campus Student Community Center was transformed into a jazz nightclub atmosphere and live musicians entertained the guests throughout the evening. The headlining performance was by Lynn Roberts, legendary jazz vocalist who got her start with Charlie Spivak at age 15. ?The entertainment, fare and ambience added to the outstanding achievement of the evening,? said Chancellor Curtiss E. Porter. ?Everyone who contributed to this event should be extremely proud. We will have the funds available to help students pursue their educational dreams here at Penn State Greater Allegheny.? Two student speakers, Miso Shin from Lawrenceville, Ga., and Jesus Torres of San Juan, Puerto Rico, explained to the crowd how their student scholarships benefited them and how without that financial support their educational goals would not be possible. The ?All That?s Jazz? leadership included Jacob Skezas, event chair; Clifford Wise, sponsorship chair; Nancy Seifert and David Pellow, entertainment co-chairs; Jan Pokrifka and Brian Hohman, auction co-chairs; and Curtiss E. Porter, chancellor.