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May 3, 2001

Fund-raiser supports UPJ arts

A fund-raiser to support the arts at the Johnstown campus raised $17,000 this winter. The eighth annual Winter Jazz concert helps grow the Blackington Endowment, which supports the campus's Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center. To date, the jazz event has raised $177,000.

Winter Jazz is made possible by Mark E. Pasquerilla, who since 1993 has underwritten the costs of artists' fees and provided personal and corporate support. "We are all proud of the contributions of Winter Jazz, both monetarily and the fact that it has brought world-class artists to the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, thus enriching the cultural life of the entire community," Pasquerilla said.

Winter Jazz 2001 featured three-time Grammy Award winning vibraphonist Gary Burton and pianist Sergio Salvatore.

The Pasquerilla center presents a variety of cultural events, including musicals, adult and children's theater, dance and music productions to more than 12,000 patrons annually.

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