Local News 2-12-14


The Centre County United Way raised almost $50,000 more than its annual campaign goal. Local officials said an eight-month campaign netted $2,149,146. According to Statecollege.com, employee campaigns at 33 area companies and Penn State fundraisers accounted for more than half of the total. The money benefits 34 partner agencies across Centre County, including the Youth Services Bureau and YMCA.


The State Theatre in downtown State College is continuing to look for ways to increase funding. At Monday night’s borough council meeting, the theater’s executive director, Greg Ray, told council the nonprofit organization had a net loss of $352,000 last year. However, according to the Centre Daily Times, Ray says the theater ended the first quarter of its new fiscal year in the black. Last year, council approved $2,000 in additional funding to the theater. The State Theatre is attempting to balance a desire for success with commitment to the local arts community.


Penn State’s chapter of Uplifting Athletes will hold several fundraisers at Saturday’s men’s basketball game at the Bryce Jordan Center. Members of the football team will host a pregame kids skills combine, autograph session and mystery bag giveaway. Additional information is available at GoPSUsports.com. Uplifting Athletes at Penn State raises money and awareness for kidney cancer and the Kidney Cancer Association.