President Steve Scott (right) presents the 2010 Rex Crowley Award to Wendell and Lynda Wilkinson.

The university celebrated its 25th year of partnering with area businesses during the 2010 Community Campaign, which kicked off with a breakfast on March 9.

More than 30 area businesses were recognized for continually supporting the university since the campaign first began back in 1985. The breakfast, which marked the beginning of the two-week campaign, featured campaign co-chairs Elaine Castagno, co-owner of Jim’s Steakhouse and a financial planner with University Bank, and Mark Werner, president of Citizen’s Bank.

“You don’t have to look far to see how important the university is to the community,” Werner told the crowd of 150 business members and university supporters gathered for the breakfast. “There are a lot of people around the state that would kill to have this kind of economic driver in their community.”

At the breakfast, the Rex Crowley Award was presented to Wendell and Lynda Wilkinson, longtime supporters of Pitt State who have provided years of service and leadership to PSU and to the community. Both knew Crowley, a Pittsburg banker and one of the first members of the business community to volunteer his time for PSU fundraising, through their individual work in the banking industry.

For more information on giving to the Community Campaign, contact University Development, 620-235-4768.