Benjamin Franklin Society West Coast Reception 2013

What better way to celebrate Penn’s bright future―and the Penn community―than in sunny California?

On a beautiful June evening, the Benjamin Franklin Society (BFS) celebrated its leadership annual giving donors with a West Coast reception, held at the Fowler Museum at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

A large group of alumni, parents, and friends attended the reception, which included remarks from Penn Alumni President-elect Julie Beren Platt, C’79, PAR’05, PAR’08, PAR’12. Platt will officially take over as Penn Alumni President on July 1.

Following an introduction by Kris Davitt, Assistant Vice President for Undergraduate Programs, Platt took the podium to acknowledge the generous support for annual giving before turning over center stage to guest speaker Anthony Sorrentino, GCP’05, Penn’s Executive Director of Public Affairs.

“The enthusiasm and support of fellow alumni, parents, and friends like you helps keep the Penn spirit alive, both on campus and around the globe,” Platt said. “Our Penn family thrives, in good part, because of your engagement and support as members of the Benjamin Franklin Society.”   

Penn attracts the brightest and most diverse population of students and hires remarkable scholars and researchers, said Sorrentino, who credited the Penn Connects and Penn Connects 2.0 plans, in part, with providing these students and scholars with state-of-the-art facilities. It is the innovative use of space that provides Penn students with the new buildings and spaces that create opportunities for exploration and are the tools needed to become the leaders of tomorrow.

With the continued engagement and support of Penn’s alumni, parents, and friends, the future is bright.

View more images from the event here.