After seven years of recognizing contributors on the Pennsylvania College of Technology Donor Wall, it became necessary to use a second wall.
The donor walls pay tribute to individuals, families, small businesses and corporations both near and far that donated money to the school, college President Dr. Davie Jane Gilmour said.
That money provides scholarships for students, instructional materials for professors and architectural designs around the campus.
"It's felt all across the campus," Gilmour said.
A total of 25 individuals and corporations were honored across three categories: Ambassador's Society for those who donate up to $50,000, Heritage Society for those who donate from $50,000 to $99,999 and Visionary Society for those who donate more than $100,000.
With the continued growth in the number of donors, those in the Ambassador's Society were moved to make more room for additional honorees.
Gilmour said she looks forward to having to make another wall to accommodate even more growth in the future.
Four of the members recognized moved up a level in membership, including Jorge A. and Janet R. Querimit.
Getting recognized for donating was unexpected, Jorge said.
"We do what we have to do to help the community," he said. "We believe in education."
The money they donated will go toward a medical-related scholarship.
Another recognition went to the Federal Express Corp., which donated a Boeing 727-200F aircraft to the college's Lumley Aviation Center last month.
The night was both great and humbling for Gilmour, who told the donors to take pride that their gifts would hold a significant impact in academia.
Honoring those who donate to the campus is important.
"It makes a big difference to donors to want to say 'thank you' in a public way," she said.
The first year the wall displayed the donors, one person asked how to get on the wall.
"It encourages people to give," Gilmour said. "So-and-so gave. I'd like to see what I could do. It's motivational."