MCKEESPORT, Pa. — On a cold, quiet Saturday morning in McKeesport, the Penn State Greater Allegheny campus was filled with the hustle and bustle of a group of folks coming together to set up for the 13th annual "All That’s Jazz" Scholarship Benefit. It takes a village to put on such a grand affair, and the entire Penn State Greater Allegheny campus community was that village.
Months in advance of the event, the Development Department obtained sponsors and auction items, made plans with the entertainment, and planned the evening’s logistics.
On the big day, the Physical Plant team was up early working to prepare the stage, ensure the safety of all of the guests, and set up the entire building. Amazing smells came from the kitchen as the Housing and Food Services department cooked and plated the amazing food samplings. The entire Student Community Center was decorated to look like a fall fantasy full of beautiful pumpkins, leaves and jewel-toned fall colors. Volunteers displayed the numerous auction items up for grabs, including a number of baskets donated by staff and faculty from various campus departments.
The quiet morning was a sharp contrast to the evening’s lively festivities. When the doors opened at 7 p.m. on Nov. 12, live jazz music was jamming throughout the Student Community Center as guests enjoyed the delectable treats and bid on luxurious auction prizes.