Philadelphia Alumni Association to Hold Annual Liberty Ball

For Philadelphia-area THON alumni who want to keep contributing, mark your calendars for a great chance to do so.

We told you a few months back about the annual Hope Gala in New York City, and next year, Philadelphia will host a similar event. The Philadelphia Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association (PCPSAA) will host its 10th annual Liberty Ball, titled “Knight for the Kids,” on Jan. 24, 2015. This year’s gala will be held in the Philadelphia Crystal Tea Room.

The Liberty Ball — considered  a “staple” in the Philadelphia community — was the first alumni gala held, and has raised over $100,000 for THON and the Four Diamonds Fund since 2006. Brian DiMattesa, Interim President of the PCPSAA, said he’s looking to make the event bigger than ever before.

The Liberty Ball is a black-tie optional event that includes a silent auction, raffle, sit down dinner, dancing, and live entertainment. Four Diamonds families are expected to attend and share their journeys with pediatric cancer.

This year’s theme derives from Christopher Millard’s story of the Four Diamonds. The Liberty Ball is what gave other alumni the motivation to start events of their own to continue THON’s fight against pediatric cancer. The PCPSAA and the Liberty Ball also hold fundraisers throughout the year to increase their total donation to THON. This year’s Liberty Ball Chairs Moira Davies and Jamie Nelson have a goal of making the gala the largest fundraising event yet, and are confident in doing so.

If you’re an alum, be sure to get involved, donate, and learn more about the chapter. Also, if you’re in the Philly area, you can watch the Nittany Lions face off with the Buckeyes this Saturday at The Field House, with proceeds benefiting the Liberty Ball.

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