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November 22, 2009

Pair lead fundraiser for UPJ athletics


He said that because Pecora, Rukavina, Palmer and the other coaches have worked hard to bring national recognition to the university, it was important to help them attract bright athletes.

Sax, also a member of the university’s Advisory Board, said the student athletes are busy, having to focus not only on academics, but also on athletic competition, financial aid and community service.

“Balancing all of these areas is very difficult,” he said.

“If the Blue and Gold committee can relieve a portion of their financial burden, students can concentrate on academic and athletic achievements and be prepared for life after graduation.”

For their efforts at leading the gala, Gleason and Sax, both Westmont residents, are the Persons of the Week.

University President Jem Spectar said Gleason and Sax have his profound gratitude for understanding the significance of athletic scholarships and for their inspirational leadership in creating one of the most successful fundraising events ever at Pitt-Johnstown.

Pecora, a member of the planning committee, said Gleason and Sax were the one-two punch that made the gala a huge success. Their efforts are appreciated because the money raised will benefit many student athletes.

Gleason and her husband of 48 years, Robert A. Jr., have four children and seven grandchildren.

Sax and his wife of 53 years, Carol, have three children and eight grandchildren.

Tribune-Democrat editors select a Person of the Week from nominations made by readers. To nominate someone, call 532-5058, 24 hours a day.

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