Our Cause

On this “Giving Tuesday”, it only seemed appropriate to fill everyone in on our charity partner, “The Pat Boland Memorial Internship Fund”.   The Boland Fund, run by the Penn State College of Communications, provides deserving communications students with financial assistance toward their living expenses as they serve internships at various media outlets around the country.  This internships are often unpaid which can put a significant financial burden on the students.

Boland Pole

Pat was a longtime State College broadcast journalist and personality.  He died in July of 2011 after a protracted battle with cancer.  During his broadcast career Pat was particularly know as being the voice of many Penn State and State College sports teams, including soccer, baseball, and volleyball.  Outside the sports arena, he was a program director for Forever Broadcasting and a cohost of WRSC morning programs with Kevin Nelson.

Gary Sinderson, Center County reporter for WJAC-TV, who helped found the scholarship fund in Pat’s name, recently remarked “Pat was a wonderful person, He worked hard, was well respected, and did a lot of multitasking, covering news and sports. It wasn’t unusual for Pat to put in a full day on the newsbeat and then cover a Penn State sporting event in the evening or on weekends.”

More info on Pat can be found in the following articles:

“For A Good Clause”  Town & Gown December 2015

“Remembering: Pat Boland was a familiar voice for Penn State football fans”  PennLive August 2011

“Broadcaster Boland Remembered for Unfailing Fairness, Sharp Humor”  StateCollege.com  June 2011

The Santa Crawl is the largest annual donor to the Pat Boland Fund. We were able to raise over $7200 last year bringing our total contribution to the Fund to more than $17,000. We hope to ratchet that number even higher this year.

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