PENN STATE COACH PATRICK CHAMBERS, FINANCIAL AID OFFICIAL, AND ALUMS AT APRIL 15TH BENEFIT FOR NEW EMERGENCY LOAN FUND AT OLD CITY’S ROSENFELD GALLERY
PHILADELPHIA, PA (March 30, 2012) – Mens Basketball Coach Patrick Chambers at 4 p.m., Sunday, April 15th, co-hosts the official launch at Old City’s Rosenfeld Gallery (113 Arch St.) of the limited edition “Hand In Hand” modern fabric artwork, woven in Bucks County, with sales helping financially strapped students overcome financial hardship jeopardizing their graduation.
Coach Chambers, a star player at Episcopal Academy and Philadelphia University before beginning his coaching career at Villanova, will be joined by Anna M. Griswold, Executive Director, Office of Student Aid, alums and others at the unveiling of the iconic tapestry. The all-wool artwork depicts open interlocking hands that are symbolically extended in support of the new Emergency Student Loan Fund. The Fund provides timely low-interest financial aid (http://giveto.psu.edu/MicrofinanceMatch) and has been an educational, last-resort lifesaver.
In its first season, the University administered Fund has raised more than $200,000 to directly help undergraduates cover unexpected costs – beyond the $28,000 annually for tuition, room, board, and books – that threaten their continued enrollment after traditional forms of student aid have been exhausted.
Developed by Philadelphia attorney Tom Sharbaugh (’73) and his family, the Fund is fueled
by small donations and net proceeds from sales of the natural wool tapestry (27” x 36”) designed by Prof. Lanny Sommese and woven on the Jacquard Wilton Loom in Bucks County, Pennsylvania by the legendary Langhorne Carpet Mill. Prof. Sommese, head of Penn State’s graphic design program, is an internationally renowned designer, who is also widely acclaimed for his Arts Festival poster series.
Tapestry orders are now being filled at www.langhornecarpets.com. For more, visit www.handinhandpsu.com, or call Tom Sharbaugh (215-963-5004), or Steph Rosenfeld (215-569-4343).