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Lamplighter hosts Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

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By Dawn Law

Published: Monday, Aug. 1, 2011

Fortified by good food and fellowship, about 85 people met Wednesday at the Lamplighter in Delmont to pave the way for another successful fundraising campaign for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Western Pennsylvania Chapter .

The event was the team captain kick-off luncheon in advance of the annual Walk to Cure Diabetes, planned for Sept. 17 at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg. Corporate representatives, young diabetes patients, family members and friends also attended.

The organization never fails to set its sights high, said development coordinator Sandie Spear Brand, with this year's chapter goal pegged at $443,000. Funds raised last year came to $425,000.

Walk committee chairwoman Julie McCutcheon, herself a diabetes patient, said the goal of the luncheon is to help participants "learn to meet and even exceed goals. We have a great team of parents who are willing to do or die for a cure for their children."

Sheila Pomarico, a member of the walk committee and the JDRF board, said it's easy to feel good about helping and organization in which more than 80 percent of funds raised goes directly to research, with hope on the near horizon for treatments including an artificial pancreas and "smart" insulins.

She added that her son, David , participated in his first walk at age 6, three weeks after his diagnosis.

Rallying to the cry of "Let's get fired up for a cure!" were walk corporate chair Terry Reese with daughter Heather, Calvin McCutcheon, Tara Dulkis, Ellen Krueger, David Hanna, Diane Pesarsick with daughter Ashley, Paige Watson with mom Robin, Pat Endress, Karen Harouse-Bell, Jack Krueger with parents Warren and Ellen, Judy Riehle, Donna Chianese, Dan Meharey and Linda Loughner.

-- Shirley McMarlin

Party moves indoors

Thank Goodness it's Summer attendees were sent scurrying Thursday during a fast-moving storm.

Held each Thursday thru Sept. 1 at Greensburg's Palace Theater, T.G.I.S. offers free admission to a live concert with optional food and drink. Volunteer bartenders participate in a challenge to raise the most money for the host, the Westmoreland Cultural Trust.

This week the size of the crowd was about average at 285, but with the arrival of the rain, some people ran for their cars, while others opted to continue the festivities inside the Palace.

Things had been in full swing with old and new rock by BookEndz. Bartenders Kevin and Jeanie Bock worked to top the challenge leaders, Dave and Dixie Leonard, who tended on July 12.

But the barkeep to beat is Greensburg attorney Sean Cassidy, who will work with Libby Jones on Aug. 4 during the Perigos and Even Steven performance.

"Everybody is trying to beat Sean," Vonnie Goldsborough with the trust said. "He's won it three years in a row."

Seen at the soiree: Trust President Mike Langer, Emil and Jovanna Peterinelli, Glenn and Jackie Cavanaugh, Don and P at Hrosik, Stu Horner, Bonnie Morgan, Linda Kubas, Don and Mary Lou Hacker, Marcy Zajdel, Ron Conti, Peg Colosimo and Cindy Vogt, visiting from Texas.

-- Dawn Law

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