DeChellis To Be Part of "Distinguished Leaders Breakfast Panel" Wednesday

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Aug. 3, 2009

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; Aug 3, 2009 - Penn State basketball coach Ed DeChellis will join a panel of four community standouts at the Distinguished Leaders Breakfast Panel Wednesday from 8:00-9:00 a.m. at the Smeal College of Business.

The panel will discuss "Making Time to Give Back" in the event organized by the Young Leaders Group of the Centre County United Way. A continental breakfast and registration will take place from 7:30-8:00 a.m. in the Smeal Business Building atrium. The one hour panel discussion, which will be moderated by 2009 Centre County United Way Chairman E. Thomas McKee, will be held in 110 Smeal (Struthers Auditorium).

Joining DeChellis, the 2009 Big Ten Coach of the Year and 2006 Coaches Vs. Cancer Man of the Year, will be Elizabeth Dupuis Esquire, a shareholder in Babst, Calland, Clements and Zomnir, P.C.; Alfred Jones Jr., executive director of the Centre County Community Foundation; and James Thomas, dean of the Smeal College of Business.

DeChellis has served as the chairman of Penn State Coaches vs. Cancer for the past six years helping the organization nearly triple its yearly funds raised and expanding the organization's calendar of events into year-around programming. Penn State Coaches vs. Cancer eclipsed over $1 million raised last year and this year posted more than $180,000 raised for the third straight year. DeChellis is also coming of a school record 27-win season with the Nittany Lions and the program's first-ever national tournament title at the 2009 National Invitation Tournament.





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