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What is One Blue Village?

Watch this video to learn from the youth what One Blue Village is all about, and how this organization has impacted their lives.

Our goal is not only to let the students see what a campus looks like, we strive to help them obtain the entire college experience! Most of them are first generation college attendees. By helping them, we are changing families and communities!

Our Name Has Changed; the Impact Remains the Same!

Community Refuge Education and Recreation Center is now known as: 


Helping disadvantaged young people obtain higher learning is our TOP priority!  Your contributions provide books, housing, scholarships, and career opportunities to young people who work hard at building a better future for themselves. If your budget does not allow you to donate, but you shop on Amazon, simply visit smile.amazon.com and locate our charity ONE BLUE VILLAGE.  Proceeds from your purchases will be donated to us from Amazon.

If you’re looking to partner with an honest organization, your search may be over.

Visit our new site, www.onebluevillage.org, for more information.  We are a 501 (c) 3 organization and all contributions are tax-deductible.  You can also find us on all social media outlets.

Remember, it takes a village and we’re counting on you.

Lee and Carmen Rubin

Former Penn State Football Player Visits WAHS

Former Penn State football player visits WAHS

Former Penn State football player Lee Rubin and his wife, author Carmen Rubin, paid a visit to Williamsport Area High School recently.

The Rubins have worked to “adopt” schools like WAHS as a way to invest in minority youth through scholarships, mentoring, opportunity and connecting them with colleges and universities, primarily Penn State.

The pair met and worked with 10 members of the high school’s Promising Young Men group, which is designed to support intervention practices of the school’s School-wide Positive Behavior Program.

Read More at the Sungazette…

Lee Rubin & Wife Carmen Run Scholarship Foundation & Host Annual Breakfast Morning of Blue-White Game

Former Penn State football safety, Lee Rubin, runs a scholarship foundation with his wife Carmen, and host annual breakfast the morning of Blue-White game

Lee Rubin, who played safety for Penn State in the early 1990s, wants to help as many kids as possible have the college experience.

Rubin and his wife Carmen Rubin have hosted a scholarship breakfast the morning of the Blue-White game for the last 15 years as part of One Blue Village (formerly know as the Community Refuge Education and Recreation Center).

The program started as an effort to get young people on a college campus.

Read More at the Collegian…

A Blue-White day that keeps changing lives

A Blue-White day that keeps changing lives

One day at Penn State.

One day that ends in Beaver Stadium.

Just one day on a college campus during a spring football celebration that is about so much more than football.

It’s stunning what such a small slice of time can mean.

Read More at YDR…

PRESS RELEASE – Blue-White Scholarship breakfast


MANALAPAN, N.J. — The Community Refuge Education and Recreation Center today announced the Blue-White Scholarship Breakfast to be held at The Penn Stater Hotel in State College, Pennsylvania during annual Blue-White Weekend on Saturday, April 18, 2015, at 10 am. Fan-favorite Sam Ficken will be the guest speaker.  Former Nittany Lion safety Lee Rubin and his wife, Carmen, are hosting the event.

The Blue-White Scholarship Breakfast is just one of many programs sponsored through the Community Refuge Education and Recreation Center-a non-profit organization in central New Jersey.  We’ve used these funds over the years to help countless deserving young men and women defray the costs of their college expenses.

The Blue-White Scholarship Breakfast is open to all Penn State fans and alumni and will feature  a number of Penn State Football Lettermen in attendance, including Sam Ficken as our special guest speaker.

There will also be a silent auction during the breakfast event featuring rare, autographed collectables from former Penn State greats!  Additional items will be available via an online auction for those who are unable to attend the event. Corporate table sponsors are welcome to participate.  Businesses will be advertised at the breakfast.

This is an event no true Penn State fan can miss! Tickets are just $25 and seating is limited. To purchase tickets or make donations, visit the organization’s website,  https://onebluevillage.org/breakfast/.  

About the Community Refuge Education Center:

The Community Refuge Education Center is a section 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization recognized by the Internal Revenue Service whose mission is to develop and implement programs that will enhance skills, build self-esteem, and increase overall productivity for individuals of all ages.

Community Refuge Education Center 

PO Box 824 

Manalapan, NJ 07726

 For information: 

https://onebluevillage.org/  or

Contact: crubin225@aol.com

Phone: 732-513-1264

Ficken to speak at annual Blue-White scholarship breakfast

by Jeff Rice at 247sports.com

Former Penn State kicker Sam Ficken will be the guest speaker at the annual Blue-White Scholarship Breakfast on April 18.

The breakfast is held by the Community Refuge Education and Recreation Center, a non-profit organization founded by former Penn State safety Lee Rubin and his wife, Carmen, that supports the education of underserved children. The Rubins bring 50 or more youngsters to Penn State for a tour of campus and the event itself. This year, proceeds from ticket sales and the silent auction will benefit the Still family (former Penn State defensive lineman Devon Still’s daughter, Leah, is battling pediatric cancer) as well as the CRERC.

The breakfast will be held at the Penn Stater hotel at 10 a.m.; Penn State’s Blue-White Game kicks off at 4 p.m. that afternoon. Limited seating is available. For more information, visit the event’s website.

About the 2015 Blue-White Game & Celebrations

The Penn State Blue-White game, presented by AAA, is set for Saturday, April 18, 2015 at Beaver Stadium as the centerpiece event for activities throughout the weekend on the University Park campus.

As in previous years, there will be no admission or parking fee to watch Coach James Franklin and the Nittany Lions battle it out in their inaugural game. Stadium parking lots open at 8:00am.

The popular autograph session with the team will be held at 10:45 to 11:30am in Beaver Stadium. The players are permitted to sign one item per person to give as many fans as possible an opportunity to meet the squad.

The Nittany Lions will arrive at the stadium at approximately 10:15am. Stadium gates A and B will open at 10:30am, and Gates C, D and F will open at 12:00-noon for the game. The Penn State institution is scheduled for an afternoon kickoff and will air on the Penn State Sports Network.

For more information about Blue-White Weekend festivities, visit VisitPennState.org

2011 Blue-White Scholarship Breakfast

by Lee Rubin

Yes…I’ve got a lot going on in my world right now!  Between work, my new book, and hosting the Blue-White Scholarship Breakfast this weekend, things have been a bit nuts.

Let me tell you a little more about the breakfast…

This will be our 6th year hosting the annual Blue-White Scholarship Breakfast.  This fund-raising event is held the morning of the Blue-White game on Saturday, April 16th at the Nittany Lion Inn in State College, PA.

For the past few years, our speakers at the breakfast have been outstanding!  We’ve had former Penn Staters such as DJ Dozier, Andre Collins , and Adam Taliaferro.  This year, Leo and Stefen Wisniewski will be our speakers and we are expecting another exciting event this year!

We will also be hosting a silent auction during the breakfast featuring autographed items from former Penn Staters.

Here are a few pictures of some of this year’s  silent auction items…

Tickets for the breakfast/silent auction are just $25.

Since many are not able to attend the event, we offer the opportunity to support the young people that we serve.  Your donation will help us support their academic pursuits.

We have made it very simple to either purchase tickets for the event, or make a donation.  Click here to make a donation to the scholarship fund, and click here to purchase tickets to the breakfast (via the Paypal service).

Tickets to the breakfast can be purchased at the door.  However, please let us know in advance if you intend to come so that we can properly prepare.

Or you can mail a check, payable to ‘Community Refuge Education Center’to:

Community Refuge Education Center
PO Box 824
Manalapan, NJ 07726

If you have any questions, or need any additional information, feel free to visit our website, or contact me via email, lrubin39@hotmail.com.

Thank you for being a part of our efforts to enrich the lives of these young people.

Dine With Legends

Photo credit: FightOnState.com

by FOS Staff, pennstate.scout.com

What: An annual breakfast tradition hosted by former Nittany Lion Lee Rubin and The Community Refuge Education Center. lion Legends Stefen Wisniewskiand Leo Wisniewski will provide the keynote for the breakfast. The event also features a silent auction with items from Penn State greats. Penn State players who have previously attended the Blue-White Breakfast often include Bobby Engram, Wally Richardson, Jordan Norwood, DJ Dozier, Adam Taliaferro and Andre Collins, among others.

When: Saturday, April 16, 2010 from 9:00 to 11:00 am

Where: Nittany Lion Inn, 200 West Park Avenue, State College, Pa. 16803

Keynote: Stefen Wisniewski and Leo Wisniewski

Cost: $25 per seat

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