Penn State honors DelGrossos with Fischer Award of Distinction

Courtesy photo: Michael and Sherry DelGrosso received the 2021 Fischer Award of Distinction on Oct. 21.

UNIVERSITY PARK — On the public stage, DelGrosso Foods has been recognized as the oldest major family owned manufacturer of pasta sauce in the United States and DelGrosso’s Amusement Park and Laguna Splash Water Park is a popular tourist destination in Tipton.

But behind the scenes, the DelGrossos play a key role in sparking discovery, enriching learning and strengthening the community through their decades-long support and commitment to the mission of public broadcasting through WPSU.

As part of the Penn State Outreach and Online Education Year of Gratitude celebration and to recognize the DelGrosso family for its service, Michael and Sherry DelGrosso were awarded the 2021 Fischer Award of Distinction during a virtual event Oct. 21. The award is annually given to friends, donors, alumni and volunteers who have distinguished themselves through extraordinary service to advance Penn State OOE through their work, volunteer efforts or financial support.

Michael DelGrosso is the chief sales and marketing officer for DelGrosso Foods and is an emeritus member of the Board of Representatives for WPSU.

Sherry Campagna-DelGrosso is a current member of the Board of Representatives for WPSU. She is an independent medical malpractice legal nurse consultant and an adjunct assistant professor at Saint Francis University. She previously taught within the Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing at Penn State through Penn State World Campus and the Outreach Online Faculty Development program. She is a public speaker and advocate for those impacted by breast cancer.

Michael DelGrosso said the family looks for a variety of ways to support WPSU’s mission.

“From hosting WPSU Day at DelGrosso Park to sponsoring the Connoisseur’s Dinner each year where we offer our executive chef and dinner for

10 people as an auction item, we continue to reimagine ways to support WPSU,”

DelGrosso said.

Tracey Huston, vice president for Penn State Outreach, said the DelGrossos’ continued support during the COVID-19 pandemic enabled WPSU to continue to deliver programming to adults and children who were faced with teaching, learning, and entertaining from home.

“The support of generous donors and volunteers like the DelGrosso family enable the impactful programming of WPSU to reach the communities we serve, which has been critical during this unprecedented time,” Huston said. “Michael and Sherry have spent countless hours as volunteers at events, pledge drives, and serving on committees and the board. … They are deserving of the Fischer Award of Distinction, and we are so grateful for their contributions.”

WPSU is a service of Penn State Outreach.


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