The Buck & Penny Story
Buck and Penny are two young American Eaglet twins, a brother
and sister. They were hatched about ten years ago in a big nest at
the top of a pine tree overlooking a lake, not too far from here.
Although we're not exactly sure what day their birthday actually
is, we celebrate it March 11th. That's the day we
discovered the two of them singing and playing on the roof of the
Univest Corporate Offices.
What are our feathery little twins like, you ask? Well, brother
Buck behaves pretty much like any other 10-year-old "boy." He's
active, into technology, a little bit loud sometimes and loves
sports - although being a bird, when he's catching flies they're
not the baseball kind. Although Buck's smart, he's also impetuous.
He likes to spend his money right away on things that catch his
eye, instead of saving up for bigger items he might need
His sister Penny, on the other hand, is a born organizer and
planner that's always saving for something special. She has a fuzzy
pink purse that she keeps her money in, counting it carefully and
keeping it safe until it's time to take it to the bank. She loves
dancing, math and reading, and likes nothing better than settling
down with a good book on quiet afternoons.
Although Buck and Penny were very happy growing up, they were
very inquisitive. They always wondered what lay beyond the horizon,
out past the edges of their lake and the beautiful pine forest
surrounding it. Ever since they were little, Buck was the
adventurous one that got bored easily. Penny always had to watch
him to make sure he didn't lean too far out over the edge of the
nest, trying to see what was happening on the ground below.
That's actually how Buck and Penny came to live at Univest. One
day, while Buck was leaning out of the nest, a huge gust of wind
came along and sent him tumbling over the edge. Quickly flapping
his wings, he soared up into the sky, laughing and saying how
beautiful everything looked from up there. Penny, being the
practical little eaglet she was, realized that this was the start
of their first big adventure.
Packing up her little pink purse with all her belongings, she
placed it over her shoulder, grabbed Buck's backpack, and hopped
over the edge of the nest to join Buck. Flying out over the lake
for one last look at their old home, Buck and Penny headed east,
just as they'd seen so many airplanes do while they were growing
While they were flying, they talked about all their plans and
everyone they were going to meet on their big adventure. For hours,
they looked at all the trees and farms, and then, just as they were
getting tired enough to need a rest, they flew over a pretty little
town with a big, tall brick building in the center.
"Look, Buck! There's a big picture that looks like Grandpop on
Sure enough, the town was Souderton, and the building with the
big eagle picture that looked so inviting was Univest. When it was
built in the late 1800s, it was the tallest building between New
York and Philadelphia. Realizing that it was a great spot for a new
nest - the highest building in the prettiest part of town - Buck
and Penny coasted in for a landing, promptly falling asleep right
next to the door to the roof.
On the roof is exactly where we found them. The rest, as they
say, is history. Buck and Penny are quite at home at
Univest. They have a lot of new friends here at Univest and
in the local community. And, they have jobs as company
spokesbirds at various kids' events.
It's been fun for them, and lots of fun for all of us, too.
Together, we're making memories and creating new traditions!