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Alumni, students invite public to participate in Festival of Trees

11/29/2010 —

The Penn State Beaver Alumni Society, the Beaver Valley Area Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association, and members of the Penn State Beaver Blue and White Society are participating in the 21st Annual Beaver County Festival of Trees.

The event, which began in November, will be held from 5 to 9 p.m., Friday, Dec. 3 and noon to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 4 and 5 at Brady’s Run Park Lodge, 526 Brady’s Run Road, Beaver Falls. Admission is free for ages five and under, 50 cents for ages 6-12, $3 for ages 13-62. The fee is $2 for ages 63 and older.

The Festival of Trees, a Beaver County tradition, will feature more than 50 themed holiday trees that are purchased and decorated by area businesses, organizations, and individuals. The Alumni Society purchased a white tree which was decorated in Penn State blue by members of the Beaver campus Blue and White Society, a student outreach and service arm of the Alumni Society.

In addition, the Beaver Valley Area Alumni Chapter will cap off its annual Holiday Gift Drive for CYS clients when they host a reception for gift donors, 7 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 29 in the Lodge. The Alumni Chapter estimates that, during the last twenty years, the group has coordinated the purchase of gifts for more than 1,800 children who are or were CYS clients.

Roseann Simoni, an Alumni Chapter member, has been involved in coordinating or working with the CYS Gift Drive since it began and is currently a member of this year’s Gift Drive Committee.

“Knowing that we’re helping children, especially at this time of year, is so rewarding,” Simoni said. “This project began as a relatively small one, but it’s grown dramatically over the years. We know that some of the children who receive gifts through our project might not receive gifts from anyone else, so that makes it an even more important program for us.”

All trees will be auctioned off on Sunday, Dec. 4, and proceeds will be used to provide clothing, scholarships, and other necessities for children served by Beaver County Children and Youth Services (CYS). In addition, proceeds will also benefit the U.S. SARR Corps, a public safety organization providing search, rescue, and recovery response (SARR) for humanitarian efforts and the public’s welfare.

For more information about the alumni or students, contact Amy M. Krebs, director of campus and community relations at Penn State Beaver, at amk6@psu.edu or 724-773-3816.

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