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Latrobe Young Professionals Group seeks donations for Kickoff to Giving Dinner

Jeff Himler
| Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, 5:45 p.m.
Taylor Kilmer (left), marketing specialist at the Lesco Federal Credit Union, and Sarah Rebitch, marketing director for Citizens Fiber, display a box of items donated for the Latrobe Young Professionals Group's third annual Kickoff to Giving Dinner. The dinner will be held Nov. 18 at the Holy Family Parish Social Hall in Latrobe.
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Taylor Kilmer (left), marketing specialist at the Lesco Federal Credit Union, and Sarah Rebitch, marketing director for Citizens Fiber, display a box of items donated for the Latrobe Young Professionals Group's third annual Kickoff to Giving Dinner. The dinner will be held Nov. 18 at the Holy Family Parish Social Hall in Latrobe.

Donations and volunteers are needed as the Young Professionals Group of the Greater Latrobe-Laurel Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce prepares for its third annual Kickoff to Giving Dinner.

From noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, meals will be served at Holy Family Parish Social Hall, Latrobe.

A team of volunteers, including members of the Young Professionals Group, prepare and serve the meals. The group, sponsored by Lesco Federal Credit Union, served more than 150 meals last year and donated more than 200 leftover servings to the Latrobe nonprofit End Hunger Cafe.

Volunteers are needed for time slots between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and should register by Wednesday.

“It's a very rewarding project,” Taylor Kilmer, Young Professionals Group chair and credit union marketing specialist, wrote in a press release. “We tend to think of big cities in terms of homelessness and hunger, but it's right here, too. Everybody deserves a good meal, connections with other people. But there are people who don't have anybody, don't have a friend, someone who cares.

“Our hope is that this dinner will bring our community together and ignite a passion for giving back throughout the holiday season.”

Donations of money, food and related items are needed for the dinner. Items being sought include meat, bread, boxed mashed potatoes or stuffing, pasta, canned vegetables, bottled water, canned soda, juice boxes, desserts, condiments, plastic utensils, napkins, plates and foil.

Checks can be made payable to GLLV Chamber, with “Kickoff to Giving” written in the memo line.

For more information, to volunteer or to make a donation, contact Kilmer at taylor@lescofcu.com or 724-539-9745.

Jeff Himler is a Tribune-Review staff writer.

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