Donors, neighbors and board members enjoyed the first annual Mount Nittany Night on Friday, October 1, at the Mount Nittany Vineyard & Winery.

During the fundraising event, guests sampled delicious wines and appetizers, and the board honored the significant contributions of neighbor Wilhelm Kogelmann.

As the Conservancy approaches our 30th anniversary in 2011, a new tradition was started with the establishment of a Friend of the Mountain award.

The award will honor a person or group based on their contributions of talent, time, and resources on behalf of the Mountain.

Wilhelm (Willy) Kogelmann was the Mount Nittany Conservancy’s unanimous first choice to receive the inaugural 2010 Friend of the Mountain Award for Outstanding Contributions to Mt. Nittany. Willy was there as the Mount Nittany Conservancy was first formed. His lands on Mount Nittany were one of the first acquired by the fledgling group in 1985.

MNC President Vince Verbeke presents Willy with his own piece of the Mountain below. The MNC board would like to thank all who attended in support of the Mountain. Please make a note to attend our 2nd annual Mount Nittany Night in the Fall of 2011.

MNC thanks these event sponsors: