Penn State Schuylkill will celebrate the closing of the For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at the Schuylkill Country Club, Orwigsburg, Pa.
E. Lee Beard, an honorary alumna of Penn State, and vice-chair of For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students, will be the featured speaker. Beard was named 2009 Fundraising Volunteer of the Year, which is an award that honors the leadership of alumni and friends in securing philanthropic support for the University. Her involvement with Penn State began when she moved to the Hazleton area in 1993 as president and CEO of First Federal Bank and she and her husband William W. Beard III, became supporters of Penn State Hazleton. She served as volunteer committee chair for the Grand Destiny Campaign, a previous Penn State, University-wide fundraising effort, and successfully led the campus throughout that campaign. Beard was named an honorary alumna of the University in 1999, and over the last decade, she has continued to be a top volunteer for fundraising initiatives at the Hazleton campus and throughout the University, in addition to heading up her own consulting company, The Henlee Group, and serving as a leader for organizations such as Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania.
The University-wide fundraising effort, For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students, began in 2007 and has raised $2 billion to benefit Penn State students, faculty and their research.
Penn State Schuylkill raised over $4.5 million, achieving their goal more than a year ago. William G. Heckman, CPA, and Katrina Ost Heckman served as co-chairs of the campaign at the local level.