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Tom and Carolyn Schwartz share Center for the Performing Arts award

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The Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State has named State College couple Tom and Carolyn Schwartz, longtime supporters and members of the fine arts presenter, recipients of its 2011 Distinguished Service Award.
McQuaide Blasko Attorneys at Law created an endowment in 1999 to provide support for various Penn State programs, including the Center for the Performing Arts. Tom Schwartz was president of the law firm at the time and played a significant role in ensuring the center would be a major beneficiary.
The McQuaide Blasko Endowment supports the School-Time Matinees program, which last season attracted more than 5,000 students from 45 schools in nine counties, plus performances for family audiences. The couple, members of the center at the Director’s Circle level, also helped arrange early activation support—annual gifts in addition to the endowment contributions that began providing financial assistance until the endowment became fully funded last year.
“Tom and Carolyn Schwartz are great advocates and friends of the Center for the Performing Arts,” said George Trudeau, director of the center. “Their commitment to providing legacy support for our children and family programs helps to ensure that future generations will have the opportunity to attend, enjoy and be enriched by performances at the Center for the Performing Arts.”
Tom Schwartz, a native of Bellefonte, graduated from Penn State in 1969 with a bachelor’s degree in history and from The Dickinson School of Law in 1972. For 33 years, he was a senior partner at McQuaide Blasko. In addition to his law practice, Schwartz was involved with the management of the law firm and served as its president from 1999 to 2003. In 2005, he became general counsel and executive vice president for Claysburg-based NPC, Inc., a privately owned printing services company. In 2008, Schwartz became president of State College-based Immersion, Ltd., an NPC subsidiary.
A Valley Forge native, Carolyn Schwartz earned an associate’s degree at Centenary College. She became office administrator of Immersion, Ltd., in 2008 after spending more than 36 years as a paralegal, 25 of those years with McQuaide Blasko. She has volunteered with the United Way and Special Olympics, and she served on the Center for the Performing Arts Community Advisory Council.
“Tom and Carolyn are among our closest friends at the Center for the Performing Arts,” said Dave Shaffer, the center’s assistant director for special programs. “They attend and enjoy performances, directed critical corporate support, have given of their own time and talents as volunteers and most recently pledged their future personal support to help grow their corporate endowment.”
The Distinguished Service Award, presented annually since 1996, recognizes significant contributions and distinguished service to the Center for the Performing Arts.
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