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Red Cross, YMCA ask for chamber's help

| Wednesday, March 20, 2002

SCOTTDALE - The Scottdale Area Chamber of Commerce heard presentations by Denise Nosko of the American Red Cross and Bea Jarbeck of the Regional Family YMCA, seeking help for their causes.

Nosko, assistant director, Donor Resources Development, of Blood Services for the American Red Cross Greater Alleghenies Region, presented the challenges the Red Cross is currently facing with increasing demand for blood and decreasing numbers of blood donors.

Nosko suggested the Scottdale Area Chamber of Commerce help organize a summer "Community that Cares" blood drive to compliment the regularly scheduled blood drives held at the Christ United Methodist Church on Market Street on the third Wednesday of alternate months and the Christmastime "Type O" drive.

A blood drive is scheduled for noon to 6 p.m. today at the church. Nosko asked the chamber to distribute flyers and hang posters for the event.

Chamber President Marty Savanick commented that the response from other board members to the idea of a community blood drive in the summer was positive and the chamber would contact Nosko to discuss the project.

Jarbeck, YMCA's director of fitness, addressed the chamber regarding the YMCA's spring race. This is the 23rd year for the Scottdale event, which combines a 10K, a two-mile walk/run and a two-mile walk, scheduled for 9 a.m. May 18.

Jarbeck asked the chamber to help contact businesses for donations or sponsorship and to help on the day of the race.

She also asked the chamber to consider being more involved with planning and publicizing the event for next year, explaining that the race is one of only a few 10Ks held in the area and has potential to draw many runners to Scottdale.

"I think it can survive and flourish and with support, even more so," said Jarbeck.

Several chamber members indicated they would help with the event.

During its business meeting Tuesday, the Scottdale Area Chamber announced that its Easter Egg Hunt will be held at 1 p.m. March 30 and will feature face painting, spin art, and free balloons and popcorn from the chamber.

The Scottdale Area Chamber is also sponsoring a day trip to New York City on June 8. The bus trip will begin at 2 a.m. at Scottdale Elementary School, with the group arriving in New York around 9 a.m. Participants will be left to enjoy the city on their own for the day and return to the bus at 7 p.m. The estimated arrival time at SES is 2 a.m. the next day. For information on the New York City trip, contact Becky Halfhill at 887-4275.

Chamber members will soon receive membership decal and thank you letters, and the chamber is planning a newsletter to inform its members of all activities.

Projects the Scottdale Area Chamber are considering include a fall Longaberger basket or jewelry bash and a "Scottie Scholar" recognition program for Southmoreland high school students.

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