While it’s going to be hard to top an 88 million dollar donation, which also happens to be the single largest donation ever given to the University, Paul and Nancy Silvis have donated a million dollars towards the hockey program’s growth and development. This donation is a key step in moving forward with the planning and construction of the state of the art facility that is now slated to open for the 2013-14 season, a full year earlier than originally anticipated.
In return the lobby of Pegula Ice Arena will be named after the Silvis family and the couple will co-chair the Penn State Ice Campaign Committee that is working towards raising another 10 million dollars to complete various construction costs and program endowments.
“Nancy and I felt compelled to give to the project because of the important role hockey has played in our lives as well as the opportunities this new facility will bring to the youth of our community,” said Paul Silvis. ”
“After having three sons involved in the sport, we are excited that varsity hockey is coming to Happy Valley,” said Nancy Silvis. “Paul and I met because of hockey and we have been able to enjoy many hours and experiences with our families because of their participation in ice hockey. We are proud to be part of Penn State’s hockey future and look forward to helping with the Campaign.”