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Penn State says it exceeded fundraising goal

by The Associated Press on April 13, 2014 1:30 AM

HARRISBURG — Penn State says it’s blown past the $2 billion goal in its seven-year fundraising campaign.

The funds, announced Saturday, have already expanded student scholarships, brought a big-time hockey program to campus and built a new children’s hospital in Hershey.

The university’s “For the Future” effort has generated nearly $2.2 billion with more than two months left in the campaign. That’s despite what’s been a rough economy and the negative attention brought by the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.

Penn State brought about 1,300 people to campus in recent days to celebrate the end of the effort that began in 2007.

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