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Mt. Pleasant event helps make wishes come true

| Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, 9:04 p.m.
Diana Tate (left) and Lauren Rother of Scottdale Standard Bank support the bank's fundraising efforts for Make-A-Wish Foundation Friday, November 2, 2012 at Standard Bank 'Evening of Wishes' dance. Kelly Vernon | Mt. Pleasant Journal
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Mt. Pleasant Standard Bank assistant manager Alina Mehalic and her husband, Tom, sell 50-50 raffle tickets to Robert Jack of Apollo and Linda Ventresco of Pitcairn at Standard Bank's 'Evening of Wishes' dance to benefit The Make-A-Wish Foundation on Friday, Nov. 2, 2012. Kelly Vernon | Mt. Pleasant Journal

Standard Bank will make dreams come true for a child with life-threatening medical conditions through the Make-A-Wish Foundation with the money they raised at its sixth annual “Evening of Wishes” dance.

The dance was held recently at the Kosciuszko Club in Mt. Pleasant.

Organizers doubled what they raised last year with $4,000.

That amount represents enough to grant an entire “wish” with $100 to spare as each wish is worth approximately $3,900.

Area businesses generously donated items for more than 30 baskets used for the Chinese auction.

The Assunta Club of Mt. Pleasant provided wine for the bank's biggest fundraiser.

Event attendees had the opportunity to buy a bottle of wine and they also had a chance to win a pair of Pittsburgh Steelers game tickets donated by Rick Rega of Saloom Rega Funeral Home.

The amount raised from those items was $900, said Kathleen Comini, manager of Standard Bank's Mt. Pleasant branch.

Other area businesses donating services or items include Shop'n Save, Marie's Place and Doughboy Pizza & Subs.

“Without the help and support of our customers and people in the business community, we wouldn't have been so successful,” Comini said.

The band Metro also donated its services to provide entertainment for the event.

Donations were made through ticket sales, 40 Chinese auction baskets, two silent auctions, a 50-50 raffle, a wine table and a live auction for an autographed Steelers jersey.

“I think it's a wonderful event. Toni Wilson puts her heart and soul into making this event successful,” said Debbie Salopek, who attends the event every year.

Standard Bank branches in Mt. Pleasant, Scottdale, Greensburg and Ligonier are dedicated to putting money back into the communities they serve.

They have supported the Make-A-Wish Foundation for 18-years, raising in excess of $362,000.

Money raised provided more than 100 wishes to local children in need.

In addition to the annual dance, the bank holds fundraising efforts throughout the year at the branch offices.

“We cannot believe the support we had this year. Our community's businesses were very generous with their donations and members of the community went above and beyond with donations for our silent and live auctions,” said Toni Wilson, the event's organizer and manager of Standard Bank's Wal-Mart office in Mt. Pleasant.

“Everyone who attended should feel very proud they helped change the life of a local child.”

Kelly Vernon is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-547-5722 or