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Bank event in Mt. Pleasant supports Make-A-Wish Foundation

| Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Kelly Vernon | The Mt. Pleasant Journal
Mt. Pleasant Borough Council President Joe Bauer (right) purchases Chinese auction tickets from Kimberly Gasparro of Standard Bank's Monroeville branch (left), while Dana LaVerde, also of the bank's Monroeville branch and Toni Wilson of the bank's Walmart branch in East Hungtindon at during Standard Bank's 'Evening of Wishes' event held recently at the Kosciuszko Club in Mt. Pleasant.
Kelly Vernon | The Mt. Pleasant Journal
Rachel Morley of the Standard Bank's Walmart branch in East Huntingdon; (left) and Andrew Thomas of Greensburg place tickets on their favorite items at the Chinese auction table at the recently held 'Evening for Wishes' at the Kosciuszko Club in Mt. Pleasant.
Kelly Vernon | The Mt. Pleasant Journal
Cindy Knaus of Standard Bank's Ligonier branch; (left) Toni Wilson of the bank's Walmart branch in East Huntingdon; and Kelly Hoover, also of the bank's Ligonier branch place tickets in items on the Chinese auction table at Standard Bank's Evening of Wishes held recently at Kosciuszko Club in Mt. Pleasant.
Kelly Vernon | The Mt. Pleasant Journal
Kathleen Comini of the Mt. Pleasant branch of Standard Bank; (left) Diana Tate of the bank's Scotttdale office; Lauren Rother of the bank's Scottdale office; and Audra Kubicek, also of the bank's Scottdale office examine the many basket options available during the Chinese auction held at the 'Evening For Wishes' event held recently at the Kosciuszko Club in Mt. Pleasant. Photo taken Friday, Nov. 1, 2013
Barbara Denning | For The Mt. Pleasant Journal
For the second straight year, first-place in the professional category went to “Gorky’s Smokin’ Grill,” created by the business's proprietor, Keith Bandy, as Owen Gall, 9, (left) and Anthony Murtland, also 9, both of Greensburg look on recently at the Mt. Pleasant VFW Post 3368.

Standard Bank hosted its seventh annual Evening of Wishes, raising $4,300 to make children's wishes come true through The Make-A-Wish Foundation Nov. 1 at Kosciuszko Club in Mt. Pleasant.

“This event gets bigger every year. Thank you to everyone who came together to make this the most successful dance to date,” said Toni Wilson, the event's organizer and manager of the bank's Walmart branch.

Wilson said many members of the community pitched in gathering Chinese auction items, decorating the hall and volunteering at the event.

Donations were made through ticket sales, 40 Chinese auction baskets, 50-50 raffles, wine raffle table, food booth, gift certificates and two live auctions for an autographed Heath Miller jersey and Jerome Bettis autographed football.

The Kosciuszko Club contributed to the event by donating the use of the hall and covering the cost of the band, Metro/Unbridled.

As a recently hired associate, Kelly Hoover of the bank's Ligonier office said she had never attended the event in past years.

When she told her family and friends about the event, they were excited to participate. Twenty of Hoover's family and friends attended the event.

“I thought it was awesome how the community came together to help children through Make-A-Wish,” Hoover said.

Standard Bank is dedicated to putting money back into the community and associates have especially dedicated themselves to supporting local children via Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Associates have raised and donated more than $413,000, providing over 100 wishes to local children in the past 19 years. Each branch has ongoing events to raise money for Make-A-Wish throughout the year.

“We had a great turnout. It was a great way to raise money for children,” said Audra Kubicek of the bank's Scottdale branch.

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

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