Community Foundation to host annual dinner on Wednesday, Nov. 1 at The Nittany Lion Inn

 STATE COLLEGE, PA – Centre Foundation will host its annual end-of-the-year dinner on Wednesday, Nov. 1 at The Nittany Lion Inn to celebrate another successful and record-setting year of philanthropy in Centre County.

 At the event, Centre Foundation will announce the newest Centre Inspires project and the 2017 Oak Tree Award winner, recognition of service, commitment, and passion for the foundation. The program will also include remarks on engaging with our local environment, given by Dr. Richard Alley, whose contributions to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change won a Nobel Prize in 2007.

“Each year, I’m amazed by the generosity of this community, but this year was literally one for the record books,” expressed Molly Kunkel, Executive Director of Centre Foundation.

This year, three records in particular were set by the local community:

·         Light Up State College: In February, the community broke a Guinness World Record by making and lighting 5,226 ice luminaries on Allen Street in Downtown State College. The event was co-organized by The Make Space and Centre Foundation.

·         Centre Gives: The sixth annual 36-hour online giving event raised more than $1.4 million for the community and broke last year’s record by 20 percent. More than 100 local nonprofits benefitted from the community’s generosity, which has invested over $5.4 million since the Giving Day was established in 2012.

·         Centred Outdoors: The guided nature tours achieved record engagement this summer when ClearWater Conservancy launched the program through the community foundation’s Centre Inspires grant. Nearly 2,000 residents signed up for one of the nine tours hosted by the program.

 Centre Foundation believes in the organizations that are working to create a better future for the community. Each year, Centre Foundation distributes hundreds of grants to nonprofits in order to continue making Centre County the best place to live, work, and play.