College celebrates another 'best-ever' philanthropic year

Published 09.14.2021

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Despite a year of continuing challenges, donors to Pennsylvania College of Technology were honored Monday evening for unwavering support that ignited a record-setting year for institutional fundraising.

The combined contributions of steadfast alumni, corporate partners, friends, retirees and colleagues – a milestone $8.3 million during fiscal 2021 – were recognized during an annual ceremony alongside the Penn College Donor Wall, which pays permanent tribute to those whose contributions of gifts, pledges, donations and entrustments of equipment and technology, and estate commitments significantly empower students.

A deeply grateful president welcomes those whose generosity today is invested in the leaders of tomorrow.Retired faculty members Patricia Shoff Rambo (left), business administration, and Darla Logue, dental hygiene, applaud during Monday's reception in the SASC. Logue, one of President Gilmour's first students as a young instructor, was honored for elevating her giving to the Heritage Society level, joining Rambo – a 1994 Master Teacher honoree and a 1983 recipient of an Excellence in Teaching Award – in that category of giving. Seated at rear is Suzanne T. Stopper, senior vice president for finance/chief financial officer, who (along with husband David) was welcomed into the Ambassador's Society.“From hospital wings to airplane wings, our applied technology education develops skilled, committed, thoughtful and active global citizens,” the president told those assembled in the Student & Administrative Services Center. “Thanks to you, Penn College students pursue their passions and hone the skills needed to transform tomorrow.

Student College Relations Assistants Andy P. Luzeckyj Jr. (left) and Miles K. Lampkin welcome guests at the check-in table. Luzeckyj, of Southampton, earned an automotive technology degree in 2019 and has petitioned to graduate in December with a bachelor’s in automotive technology management. Lampkin, of Horsham, is a senior in software development and information management."You went above and beyond to ensure that our world would be filled with innovative thinkers and motivated leaders with essential skills to create the world we want to live in. Scholarships were created, facilities dedicated, academics expanded and athletic champions developed."

Among campus developments enabled by such generous giving (and cited by the president) are the state-of-the-art welding lab, the Larry A. Ward Machining Technologies Center, the Fish Real Estate Leadership Challenge Course, The Klingerman Family Athletics Suite, and donation of a CL-600 Challenger jet and industry-leading software.

Gilmour enjoys a moment with Mary Fish, a new member of the Heritage Society.A token of appreciation for contributions by The High Companies/High Steel Structures LLC is accepted by an energetic Darryl Gordon, the businesses' vice president for human resources. Looking across a roomful of people who care about Penn College and its students – a group that included one of her former dental hygiene students, as well as colleagues and "friends, old and new" – Gilmour said she was humbled and touched by donors' extraordinary commitment to the college's mission.

"This is my final Donor Wall Recognition Reception, and I'm feeling a mix of emotions: pride, joy and great respect for your gifts," said the president, who is retiring in June. "I will be forever grateful."

The night’s honorees, newly added to the Donor Wall or moving to a higher level of giving (*) are:

Millionaire’s Society ($1 million+)
Blaise Alexander/Blaise Alexander Family Dealerships*
William J. Martin*
Miller Electric Manufacturing Co.*
Octopuz Inc.
Larry A. and Sherry Ward

Golden Society ($500,000 to $999,999)
Ira Lubert
Anthony Misitano
Judith von Seldeneck
Volvo Construction Equipment*

Visionary Society ($100,000 to $499,999)
ABB Robotics*
Acero Precision
Gene Haas Foundation*
The High Companies and High Steel Structures LLC*
Highway Equipment and Supply Co.*
Hudock Capital Group LLC*
Kuka Robotics Corp.
Ed & Sharon Madalis
Nationwide Insurance Co.
Novatec Inc.*
Penn Power Group*
Farhad and Debi Saba
The Satorius Family
Sodick Inc.
Soitaab USA Inc.
Susquehanna Trailways
TurnKey Electric Inc.
Williamsport Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association*

Heritage Society ($50,000 to $99,999)
Cambridge Vacuum Engineering
Betty Edkin*
Mary Fish*
Frazier Family
William F. Geyer and Dorothy J. Gerring*
John Deere*
Darla Logue*
John and Linda Lundy*
Miller Welding Automation
Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association-North Central Chapter*
Subaru of America Inc.
Susquehanna Valley Corvette Club Foundation
The Soars Family and Pneu-Dart Inc.
Terex Corp.
Woodlands Bank*

Ambassador’s Society ($25,000 to $49,999)
American Dental Education Association
BAE Systems
Lawrence Belle and MaryBernadette Reidy
Bracalente Manufacturing Group
The Brook J. Lenfest Foundation Inc.
The Coca-Cola Co.
Compass Group North America
Mark and Denise Cunningham
Elsner Engineering Works Inc.
Jim Green
Tom and Mary Gregory
Hensel Phelps
R. David and Joann Kay
LNS America Inc.
Randy and Debra Mattern
Dale and Sally Metzker
Chris and Wendy Miller
Ryan Monteleone
Precitec Inc.
Michael J. Reed
Rolls-Royce Corp.
Harold Sinclair
Suzanne and David Stopper
Studebaker Drivers Club-Keystone Region

Participants also viewed a video about the Legacy Campaign for Penn College and enjoyed food prepared by hospitality students and catering staff from Le Jeune Chef Restaurant.