The Nittany Valley Society’s Willow Gathering is a celebration of the Nittany Valley and its people. As cultural stewards of the Nittany Valley, we are always inspired by the ingenuity, entrepreneurialism, and action-oriented nature of the students, professors, townspeople, alumni, and friends who define our community.

In celebrating that spirit, we also want to perpetuate it, so we are inviting everyone to come with your ideas for things you want to make happen in the Nittany Valley and we will help you put together an Action Plan to turn your idea into reality.

The Willow Gathering is an expression our of mission to “foster a spirit of community across time," and is one of the Nittany Valley's most distinctive annual occasions. Learn about our past celebrations.


The Willow Gathering

Thursday, October 6, 2016
7-10 PM

The Atherton Hotel 
Vanderbilt Room
125 South Atherton Street
State College, PA 16801

Christina Platt
Master of Ceremonies

Paul J. Clifford
CEO, Penn State Alumni Association

Cocktails & Introduction
of The Nittany Valley Society

7 PM

Keynote & Hors d'oeuvres
7:15 PM

Action Surge
7:30 PM 

9:15 PM 



Admission includes buffet-style hors d'oeuvres and limited open bar, along with a special gift for every guest.

Buffet-style hors d'oeuvres include Bourbon Chick Skewers, Mini Egg Rolls with Honey Ginger Soy Sauce, Crispy Chicken Tenders with Honey Mustard, Apple Brie Puffs, and Cheese and Fresh Fruit. Limited open bar features House Cocktails, Mount Nittany Winery Wines, Otto's Mount Nittany Pale Ale, Troeg's Perpetual IPA, soft drinks, chilled juice, and bottled spring water.


Sustainers & Students




Sponsorships are an opportunity for individuals and businesses to support The Nittany Valley Society and be recognized at The Willow Gathering. Interested sponsors can email

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