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On the Scene | ‘We are 409’ Celebration at Home D Pizzeria

Katy, Andrew and Nora, 2, Stager at the “We Are 409” celebration at Home Delivery Pizzeria on Sunday, January 25, 2015.
Katy, Andrew and Nora, 2, Stager at the “We Are 409” celebration at Home Delivery Pizzeria on Sunday, January 25, 2015. CDT Photo

Penn State football fans gathered at Home D Pizzeria and Robin Hood Brewing Co. in State College recently to celebrate the news that the game win total would be restored to 409. The NCAA overturned its earlier ruling Jan. 16, which puts former coach Joe Paterno back on top as major college football’s winningest coach.

In addition to local football fans, the event was attended by Jay Paterno, who also signed copies of his book “Paterno Legacy”; members of the Penn State Letterman’s Club; former Penn State athlete and Heisman Trophy runner-up Blair Thomas; the voice of football, Fran Fisher; Sen. Jake Corman; and more.

David Zentner and Chris Good provided live entertainment. A champagne toast was held at 4:09 p.m., and many fans entered to win two tickets to the Penn State vs. Michigan game on Nov. 21. In addition, a proceed of the day’s food sales were slated to be donated to the Paterno Family Beaver Stadium Run for Special Olympics.

Kelly Swisher, the restaurant’s director of sales and marketing, said many people attended the event over the course of the day.

“It was very successful,” she said. “I think Corman made a great point in his speech about the community, the players and Penn State getting their wins restored. ... You can’t erase history.”

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