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South Buffalo volunteer refuses to slow down

| Monday, Feb. 28, 2005

SOUTH BUFFALO -- Whether she's organizing a fashion show, cheering on Penn State, or hitting the slopes, Winnie Neubert is always on the go.

The 78-year old volunteer likes it that way.

"I like being busy, I like being around people," she said. "Life never gets boring for me, I have too many things to do."

Chairperson of the ACS Four Corners Unit Fashion show and Luncheon for "many years," Neubert works tirelessly to help the unit - a chapter of the ACS comprised of members from parts of Armstrong, Westmoreland, Butler, and Allegheny counties - get the show on the runway.

The event features raffles and models of all ages from around the Valley showing off the latest fashions. This year's theme is "Somewhere Over the Rainbow."

From soliciting sponsors to securing speakers, Neubert enjoys all aspects of putting together the fashion show.

She once bumped into television reporter Jennifer Antkowiak at a craft show. Neubert asked her to speak at the fashion show. The local newswoman agreed.

Neubert, who is past president and vice-president of the Four Corners Unit, is a cancer survivor, but she was involved with the organization long before her illness. Her own experience with cancer changed her perspective on the work of the ACS.

"It makes you feel that you can do what you can so the children of today don't have to go through what you did," she said.

Neubert does what she can for the ACS in other ways as well. She helps with the Apollo Relay for Life, an annual 24-hour walk to honor and memorialize those who've battled cancer. She also sells and delivers flowers for the ACS's annual Daffodil Days sale, which is held every March.

But this energetic woman finds time for other activities as well.

She volunteers at Allegheny Valley Hospital, where her favorite place to work is surgical waiting. She is also a member of the hospital's auxiliary. There, she helps with fund-raising projects.

A member and past president of the Tarentum Book Club, she recently dressed up as Dolly Madison for a presentation on United States presidents and their wives.

Even before she retired from 44 years of employment, most of it in the personnel department of Schenley Distillery, Neubert was involved in the community.

She was president, treasurer, and a board member of the Freeport Woman's Club before it disbanded. She was also president of the Women's Club county branch and on its state board.

An elder at her church, Clinton Presbyterian, Neubert taught Sunday school there for 40 years.

"I taught the little ones," she said. "I loved it, they're so cute."

In her spare time, Neubert doesn't even stop for a break. She enjoys spending time with her large family and skiing. An avid football fan, she also attends Penn State games in the fall.

With preparations underway for the Four Corners Unit fashion show and ACS's upcoming "Daffodil Days," Neubert said, this is a busy time right now.

And that's just the way she likes it.

Additional Information:

Hometown Treasure

Winnie Neubert

Age: 78.

Hometown: South Buffalo.

Family: One sister, two brothers, many nephews, nieces, great-nephews and nieces, and great-great nephews and nieces

Favorite Thing About Valley: I wouldn't want to live anywhere except in this area.

Motto for the Valley: Do unto to others as you would have them do unto you (the Golden Rule).

Coming up

Who: American Cancer Society Four Corners Unit.

What: Fashion Show and Luncheon.

When: April 23.

Where: Clarion Inn, New Kensington.

Tickets are limited to 400. The cost is $20 for regular tickets and $25 for golden circle tickets along the runway. For more information call 1-888-227-5445, Ext. 1080

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