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Finley's Fighters chooses Geibel student's logo

| Tuesday, May 21, 2013, 7:07 p.m.
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Stephanie Orgovan from Geibel Catholic Junior-Senior High School is the winner of Finley’s Fighters’ T-shirt logo contest. From left are her art teacher Julie Yankovich, Orgovan holding her winning entry, and Finley’s grandmother, Phyllis Kovall, presenting her with her award.

Each year, Finley's Fighters sponsors a T-shirt logo contest for its event in August.

This year there were 25 entries from Connellsville Area High School, Connellsville Area Junior High School and Geibel Catholic Junior-Senior High School. Each entry was well thought out and beautifully drawn, which made picking the winner very difficult, according to the judges.

“We are happy to announce that this year's winner is Stephanie Orgovan from Geibel high school,” said Phyllis Kovall, Finley's grandmother, from Connellsville. “Stephanie's logo will appear on hundreds of T-shirts given to the race participants and on all advertisements of the event. She also receives a $25 Target Gift card. Each student's drawing that was submitted will be laminated and displayed at the event.”

This year's event for Finley, a 6-year-old who suffers from LCA (Leber's Congenital Amaurosis) will be held on Aug. 24 at Yough Park, featuring a 5K walk/run, 10K run, mile fun run, lunch, basket raffle, drawing for a signed Pittsburgh Penguins Evgeni Malkin jersey and lots of kids' games and activities.

Finley and her mother, Jennifer Pletcher, were recently featured in an online publication called Wonder Baby.

The article can be found at www.wonderbaby.org/articles/literacy-made-accessible. Scroll down to find the portion on Finley and a few videos showing how she uses Bookshare, an online library of digital accessible books and reading technologies. Bookshare is available free for U.S. students with qualified print disabilities, Pletcher said.

Print disabilities may include blindness, low vision, a physical disability or a severe reading disability, such as dyslexia.

Finley has become an enthusiastic user of Bookshare through the Read2Go app on her iPad.

“We have seen Finley grow and blossom thanks to what Bookshare offers to persons with vision issues. We will be forever grateful,” Pletcher said.

Finley's Fighters announced the next fundraiser for Finley's RDH12 Fund For Sight Foundation.

“We have received a very generous donation from the Pittsburgh Penguin Hockey Organization,” Kovall said. “They have given us a signed Evgeni Malkin jersey to use as a raffle item. It comes with a certificate of authenticity and is truly a priceless item because, as many people may know, last year Malkin was the winner of three awards from the NHL, one of which is the Hart Trophy as the NHL Most Valuable Player.”

Raffle tickets are $10 each. The winning ticket will be drawn at Finley's Aug. 24 fundraiser, but the ticketholder does not have to be present to win.

“We want to be able to offer everyone a chance to buy a ticket for this collectible jersey and at the same time help the RDH12 Fund For Sight,” said Ted Kovall, Finley's grandfather. “Those who want to buy a ticket or perhaps sell a few tickets can email us at tjkpa@zoominternet.net.

“Please help us save Finley's sight and take a chance to win this amazing prize,” he added.

“Please tell everyone thanks for buying a ticket to help fix my eyes and for my Papa's favorite team, and let's go Pens!” Finley said.

Nancy Henry is a freelance writer.

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