Amidst a sea of smiling faces and cocktail dresses, friends of Penn State Brandywine came together at the campus' Spring Soiree at the Merion Cricket Club in April to help make education affordable for current and future students.
Together the group raised nearly $30,000 to benefit the Penn State Brandywine Student Scholarship Fund. The event's live and silent auctions included a Joe Paterno-signed football, vacation homes in Jamaica and Myrtle Beach, fine jewelry, Phillies autographed gear, tickets to the Philadelphia Orchestra and much more.
The emcee and auctioneer for the night was 6ABC Meteorologist Adam Joseph, who won the hearts of many of the female guests and was playfully blamed for the rain that failed to dampen the mood of the partygoers.
Throughout the cocktail-style event, more than 150 guests enjoyed music, lots of food and heard direct from the students how scholarships have helped them succeed and strive for a better future during a video created by senior Justin Carrington.
"I think that higher education is so important," junior scholarship recipient Sara Neville said. "As an education major ? I think the future really lies in our generation and subsequent college generations. Without scholarships, I don't think our society would be as educated for the future."