Happy Valley Cruise Prepares to Set Sail in March


The 2nd Annual Happy Valley Cruise to benefit Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) is a five-day cruise taking place from March 9-14 on board the Celebrity Infinity, sailing out of Miami and stopping in Key West and Cozumel. Passengers will be treated to five nights of mingling with their favorite superstars from the past. Confirmed Penn State University Nittany Legends include the following: Franco Harris, Sue Paterno, Jordan Norwood Levi Brown, Chafie Fields, Jeff Hartings, Brian Masella, O.J. McDuffie, Jay Paterno, Stephen Pitts, Brandon Short, Blair Thomas, Coach Ron Vanderlinden and Leo Wisniewski.

A portion of the sales of each booked cabin will be donated to SOPA, and an auction featuring Penn State memorabilia will add to the proceeds. Visit www.HappyValleyCruise.com to book your vacation today!

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Sue Paterno has been a Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) Board Member for nearly 25 years, and she is currently the Co-Chair for SOPA’s $4 million major gifts campaign which aims to help the organization reach thousands more athletes and volunteers over the course of 5 years.

“The cruise benefits a great cause, a cause that my mother and father have been involved with for decades,” said Jay Paterno. “My mother has always believed that we stand tallest when we reach down to help others, and her life is a constant example of that. Special Olympics is athletics in its purest form, people playing for the thrill of challenging themselves and the thrill of competing to do the best that they can possibly do. Being part of that is a reward to everyone involved.”

Last year’s cruise drew about 175 fans. In 2020, 70 percent of those fans are returning, and the Cruise is expected to draw a total of about 300 people.

During the cruise, participating passengers can attend special events, including Q&A sessions with the former athletes, a Football 101 session and other clinics. Several of the excursions at Key West and Cozumel will feature the Penn State “legends,” and the vacation is designed to include family-friendly offerings like scavenger hunts and all kind of fun-filled activities.

Prices for the cruise start at $1,295, including airfare, pre-cruise hotel, and the cruise itself. The package includes flights in and out of 50 US cities.

For more information or to book your trip, visit www.happyvalleycruise.com or call (866) 484-6677.

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