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Kish Bank Shines Light on Community
STATE COLLEGE, PA – June 22, 2018 – Community shone brightly at Beaver Stadium last night when Kish Bank hosted its fourth annual Kish Celebrates Community gathering, where women’s basketball Head Coach Coquese Washington, three-time Big Ten Coach of the Year, and men’s basketball Head Coach Patrick Chambers, coach of the 2018 NIT championship team, led the celebration before a crowd of nearly 300 community volunteers and supporters.
“We’re here to express our gratitude, celebrate your commitment to our communities, and hear from some very special guests on the subject of community,” declared William P. Hayes, Chairman and CEO of Kish Bank. “It’s simple, there is no place else we’d rather be,” he said.
Underscoring his strong belief in the value citizen servant leadership provides communities, Hayes remarked that conclusions reached by a Gallup and Knight Commission “Soul of the Community” study on factors that attach people to their communities, made a profound impression on him. The study, which examined 26 small cities across the U.S., was designed to explore the connection between economic growth and residents’ emotional attachment to their communities. The Gallup/Knight Commission study found a significant correlation between the two. But, surprisingly, economic prosperity was not the trump card. It was the inverse: economic growth tended to follow, not precede, what the study defined as “pride in place.”
“‘Pride in place’ is an intangible something and a precious commodity that takes generations to build,” Hayes explained. “It is,” he continued, “precious because ‘pride in place’ is a catalyst that causes community members to ‘lock arms’ and to have a willingness to step up in the midst of adversity to keep the community strong, healthy, and vibrant—for all of us and for all of those who follow.” This pride, he explained, manifests itself in the selfless acts of kindness fellow citizens provide each other and in community organizations that make life better for all those who live in the community.
“We think it is important to stop once a year to come together to recognize the enormous impact all of this community work, driven in large part by volunteers, has on our quality of life and in developing a huge collective ‘pride in place’ around us,” Hayes concluded.
Coach Washington and Coach Chambers
Washington and Chambers spoke about the personal pride they feel in having the privilege to raise their families in State College and to work at Penn State, a world-renowned research university that is solidly committed to the welfare of student athletes.
Chambers said, “There are just so many familiar people [here] that support this community, and obviously Kish Bank, representing all the great things that this community is all about. That’s what makes it so special. That’s what makes myself and my wife want to raise our kids here and keep them here. It’s a simple place, but yet, there are so many caring and loving people are here. And that’s what Kish is about, and that’s what this community is about. It’s about the people. Let’s not forget that. You help people out. That’s what makes this area, this community, this university, so incredibly special.”
Regarding Lady Lion Basketball and community, Washington said, “There are so many things that we can hold onto to talk about how are we different—but our core values are the things that we hold onto that bring us together. Our mission as a program is to bring young ladies as teenagers to this campus and help them to develop a strength so that they can leave this university and go on to lives of impact in whatever community they go to. And one of the things that I love about partnering with Kish is that Kish does the same thing. They have core values that they bring out into our community that can help us to focus on what we have in common.”
Washington continued, “Our challenge as we go about our daily lives is to make Happy Valley a stronger community because of the values that we share. To grow a community where our children can be proud of where they are and where they’re from. Pride in place. That’s what we try to do with Lady Lion Basketball, that’s what Pat tries to do with Nittany Lion Basketball, and I’d like to think that’s what everybody in this room is about—helping make this community a stronger, happier, and healthier place to be.”
Outstanding Humanitarian of the Year Award
Highlights of the evening included presentations of Kish’s Humanitarian of the Year Award to Dr. Peter Hudson, Director of the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences and Willaman Professor of Biology at Penn State, sponsored by The Centre County Gazette and Town&Gown Magazine; and Kish’s Outstanding Non-Profit of the Year Award to The Arc of Centre County, PA, Inc., and Strawberry Fields, Inc., sponsored by The Sentinel.
Hudson, awarded Penn State’s Honorary Alumnus Award earlier this month, is widely recognized for his work on the ecology of wildlife diseases as they affect population dynamics, heterogeneities (the identification of variation in transmission between infected individuals and the role of “superspreaders” in disease dynamics), and parasite interactions.
“His studies not only include the diseases that affect wildlife, but also the role of wildlife in transmitting diseases to other animals, including ourselves,” Hayes said, noting his deep respect for the impact Hudson’s work and life have had on global populations that are under serious duress from the spread of infectious and transmittable disease.
Hayes also saluted Hudson’s establishment of the Penn State Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics, an internationally recognized interdisciplinary center that is considered to be a global leader in solving infectious disease problems.
2018 Outstanding Non-Profit of the Year Award
The Arc of Centre County, PA, Inc., founded as a grassroots organization in 1953 by a small group of parents, is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the needs of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including Down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy, and other diagnoses. The Arc assists individuals so diagnosed to achieve their life goals by creating opportunities for education, employment, housing, and recreation.
Strawberry Fields is a non-profit organization founded on a farm in Yarnell, PA in 1972 by family members wanting to find a way to make life better for their children with intellectual disabilities at a time when the primary alternative for many such children was placement in institutions, often with histories of isolation and social segregation. The founding families had a dream and a vision of the time when people with disabilities would be accepted and recognized for their unique contributions to their communities.
In making the award, which recognized two organizations this year, Hayes said, “We are delighted to recognize two organizations with common missions. Both The Arc and Strawberry Fields started modestly and grew to serve people with needs who are making impactful contributions to quality of life for not only themselves, but others. We applaud the services they have expanded upon over the years and, especially, the triumphs they have helped their clients achieve.”
Other outstanding non-profit finalists were Huntingdon County PRIDE, Inc., an independent agency that provides programs for persons with disabilities caused by birth defects, injury, disease, learning and developmental disorders, and other disabling conditions to function at their optimal level of performance; and Relay for Life of Mifflin Juniata, the year-round, community-based fundraising effort that culminates in a 24-hour-long walk-a-thon for the American Cancer Society.
Pink Zone Presentation to Area Hospitals
Coach Washington also presented a Pink Zone check in the amount of $142,441.01 to representatives of four beneficiary area hospitals (Mount Nittany Medical Center; Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital; J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital; and Penn State Health’s Milton S. Hershey Medical Center). Pink Zone and Lady Lion Basketball are a unified force in the fight against breast cancer. During Washington’s tenure at Penn State, more than $2.3 million have been raised to support the cause; of that, Kish Bank clients, employees, friends, and family have raised more than $166,000.
Kish’s Community Impact Award
Kish’s Community Impact Award, a prestigious award made annually to a Kish employee, was presented by Coach Washington and Kish Bank President and COO Greg Hayes to Denise Quinn, Vice President and Commercial Relationship Manager at Kish Bank. Quinn previously chaired the Centre County Heart Walk for the American Heart Association. She is the immediate past president and current board member of the Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the Risk Management Association, an international association for the banking industry. She has served on the CBICC Revolving Loan Committee for the past ten years, is a member of the Finance Committee for Clearwater Conservancy, volunteers for the natural garden maintenance at the Clearwater Conservancy’s building in State College, and is a volunteer at her church, Our Lady of Victory, including serving as a Eucharistic Minister there.
About Kish Bank
Kish Bank is an $819 million regional community bank that operates fifteen offices and financial centers in Centre, Mifflin, and Huntingdon counties. Affiliates of Kish Bank include: Kish Insurance, Kish Financial Solutions, Benefit Management Group, and Kish Travel. For additional information, please visit www.kishbank.com. Kish Bank is a subsidiary of Kish Bancorp, Inc., trading under the OTC stock ticker symbol of KISB.
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STATE COLLEGE, Pa., Jersey Mike’s Raises More Than $13,000 for Pink Zone! Jersey Mike’s Subs, known for its fresh sliced/fresh grilled subs, held a Month of Giving in March that included a Day of Giving event where 100% of sales were dedicated to giving back to the local community. The franchise, owned by Matt and Kristie Patterson with General Managers, Anthony Rodriguez & Morgan Donley, have designated Pink Zone as the recipient of those funds for the next five years as part of a financial commitment of $75,000. Pink Zone, a 501 © (3), non-profit organization, that promotes cancer awareness and empowers survivors through year-long efforts to raise funds critical in supporting vital breast cancer organizations, charities and facilities that focus on breast cancer education, research, diagnosis, prevention and awareness has raised more than $2.3 million since 2007.
“It is always an honor to support health-related programs directed at the community,” said Matt Patterson. “We’re excited that the effort grows every single year and once again, we’ve exceeded last year’s gift. Giving back through the Day of Giving is our way of supporting the community in which we work.”
At the end of the business day a grand total of $13,062 in sales were collected to fund the mission of Pink Zone. The monies will be added to the total funds raised by Pink Zone throughout the year and will be distributed to beneficiaries that support the non-profit’s mission.
“Pink Zone is proud to be the recipient of Jersey Mike’s extraordinary efforts to make a difference in our community. Their pledge of $75,000 is the largest pledge received by Pink Zone to date and we are delighted that they are leaders by example.” said N. Susan Woodring, executive director of Pink Zone. “It’s through generosity such as theirs that we can impact the community in such a substantial way. Our goal is to do all that we can to promote breast cancer awareness and empower survivors with support to our beneficiaries.”
Anthony Rodriguez of Jersey Mike’s, said, “It is an honor to partner up with Pink Zone and to show our support of an organization that has, during their existence, tended to the making a difference in the community.”
Started in 1956, Jersey Mike’s now has 1,500 restaurants open and under development nationwide. Matt and Kristie Patterson, currently own seven stores and in the near future will add three more to their ranks.
Last year Pink Zone distributed $255,000 to six beneficiaries: Mount Nittany Health, Penn State Cancer Institute, Kay Yow Foundation, Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital, J. C. Blair Memorial Hospital and the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition.
Matt Patterson, Jersey Mike’s Owner along with Anthony Rodriquez presents N. Susan Woodring, executive director of Pink Zone with their extraordinary Month of Giving gift. The funds will be used to continue to support beneficiaries that support the mission of Pink Zone. For more information visit www.papinkzone.org or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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A 1999 Penn State graduate, Woodring joins The Pennsylvania Pink Zone after serving as the Director of Development & Alumni Relations at Penn State Altoona
Sept. 6, 2017
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; September 6, 2017 – The Pennsylvania Pink Zone, along with the Penn State women’s basketball program, is pleased to announced the hiring of Susan Woodring as the Executive Director for the organization.
With nearly 20 years of dedication to Penn State, Woodring earned her undergraduate degree in 1999 from Penn State in Speech Communications, before earning a master’s degree in Non-Profit Management from Regis University. She took her full time post with the Penn State Altoona development staff in 2003.
“Landing Susan Woodring as the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Pink Zone is an unbelievable coup for our organization,” said Penn State women’s basketball head coach Coquese Washington, “as Susan’s experience and background is exactly what we need at this time. Susan’s vision and direction are quite impressive and will certainly help Pink Zone continue its growth. It’s really exciting to imagine all the ways Susan will positively impact Pink Zone and the fight against breast cancer in the years to come.”
Woodring comes to the post with 34 years of development and alumni relations experience at Penn State. During her tenure, Woodring held a number of positions within the division of development, most recently as the director of development and alumni relations at Penn State Altoona from 2003-17. She served in various development roles on the University Park campus for 20 years, including as the associate director of development with the Eberly College of Science.
Woodring led a pair of successful long-term campaigns during her time at Penn State Altoona, as her leadership on the “Investing in People” campaign led to $6.1 million dollars raised, a total that exceeded its set goals by 196.8 percent. The “For the Future” campaign was completed with $26 million raised against a $20 million goal, and saw giving from faculty and staff surpass $731,000.
Other achievements during her career include garnering the largest gift in Penn State Altoona’s history ($4.5M) and creating a speaker series program to raise money for the University. The speaker series included appearances from Madeleine Albright, Jerome Bettis, James Carville, Ina Garten, Mike Huckabee, Lisa Ling, J.R. Martinez, Amy Robach, Tim Tebow, and Bob and Lee Woodruff.
The Pennsylvania Pink Zone and Penn State Lady Lion Basketball are a unified force in the fight against breast cancer on the court, across campus, and within communities. The Pennsylvania Pink Zone promotes cancer awareness and empowers survivors through year-round efforts to raise funds critical in supporting vital breast cancer organizations, charities, and facilities that focus on breast cancer education, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.
Pink Zone, a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization, has since its inception in 2007, donated more than $1.85 million to support breast cancer education, treatment and research. In addition, it regularly celebrates more than 600 survivors during halftime of the Pink Zone game each year before thousands of women’s basketball fans and supporters dedicated to winning the fight against breast cancer. The Lady Lions hold the honor of being the first team in the NCAA to wear pink uniforms in support of breast cancer awareness in 2007, when they earned a 70-61 victory over Wisconsin.
Originally appeared at GoPSUSports.com
Six beneficiaries receive a portion of $255,000 raised by the 2017 event
June 28, 2017
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – For the sixth-straight year, the Penn State women’s basketball program’s Play4Kay benefitting Pink Zone event will donate over $200,000 to the six beneficiaries that continue to champion the education about and research for finding a cure for breast cancer. The 2017 fundraising total reached $255,000, which marks the third highest total earned in the events 11-year history.
The funds raised at the 2017 Play4Kay benefitting Pink Zone game were presented to Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital, JC Blair Memorial Hospital, Kay Yow Cancer Fund, Mount Nittany Medical Center, Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition and Penn State Cancer Institute at the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.
A crowd of 8,213 welcomed 504 survivors that totaled 4,090 years of survivorship to the Bryce Jordan Center floor during the halftime celebration at the 2017 event, which saw Penn State topple No. 24/25 Michigan, 76-75.
In the event’s 11th year, the Lady Lions have donated more than $1.85 million to various local, regional and national breast cancer charities. The 2017 event total of $255,000 ranks No. 3 on the giving list, behind the record-setting 2014 event, which donated $310,000, and the 2013 event that totaled $260,000 of funds raised to fund breast cancer research. The 2013 and 2014 events were each recognized as the Play for Kay Initiative Division I winners.
“The continued growth and support that our community shows for our Play4Kay game benefitting Pink Zone event is outstanding,” said head coach Coquese Washington. “This event is incredibly meaningful to our entire program – players, coaches, staff and administrators – and brings national recognition to our campus for the efforts in the fight to cure breast cancer. Our most heartfelt thanks go out to all of the sponsors, fans and, of course, breast cancer survivors that make this event such a special part of our program each year.”
The Lady Lions’ 2017 Play4Kay game benefiting Pink Zone, in-kind donors included: Centre Daily Times, Comcast, Forever Broadcasting, Fullington Trailways, Town and Gown, WTAJ/WeAreCentralPA.com, Jersey Mike’s Subs, Giant Foods, Bieber Trailways, Bailey Coach, David Thomas Trailways, Grove Printing, Klein Bus, MlakerTrailways, Susquehanna Trailways, Wolf’s Bus Lines, Chip Mock/Mock Creations, Stor-All Self-Storage, UPS Store (across from Wegman’s), and The Penn State Bakery.
Each year Pink Zone hosts a coloring contest for children grades Pre-K to 5th grade. Pink Zone distributes hundreds of blank coloring pages to local elementary schools and day cares along with distributing the page via social media and the Centre Daily Times. We allow each child to submit only one entry. This year we have selected winners in the following categories: Pre-K, Kindergarten-1st, 2nd-3rd, and 4th-5th.
Our 2017 winners are as follows:
In the Pre-K category, our winner is Katelyn Davis. Katelyn is four years old and attends Pre-K at Mount Nittany Preschool.
Valentina Kauffman is the Kindergaten-1st category winner. Valentina is six years old and attends 1st grade at Easterly Parkway Elementary
The 2nd-3rd category winner is Aubrey Gartz. Aubrey is eight years old and attends 3rd grade at Our Lady of Victory Catholic School.
Benjamin Carey is the winner of the 4th-5th category. Benjamin is ten years old and attends fourth grade at Gray’s Woods Elementary.
Prizes are awarded to each of the winners stated above, and the winning entries will be displayed on the Bryce Jordan Center concourse at the Lady Lion Basketball Play4Kay Game benefiting Pink Zone on February 26, 2017 at 2pm.
We would like to thank all the children who participated in our 2017 Pink Zone coloring contest. We received so many beautiful entries, and it was difficult to choose winners. Thank you for your continuous support to Pink Zone, and we hope to see you on February 26th.
STATE COLLEGE, PA. (February 21, 2017)– The Pink Zone is proud to announce Edward Henry and Jeanne Donlevy Arnold as the winners of the 2017 Mimi U. Barash Coppersmith Pink Zone Champion Award for their generosity in supporting Pink Zone. The Arnolds have been annual donors to Pink Zone and provide outstanding support of breast cancer research. The award will be presented in association with the annual Lady Lion Basketball Play4Kay Game Benefiting Pink Zone which will take place on February 26 at the Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, Pennsylvania.
Each year an organization, individual or group that has made outstanding contributions to breast cancer education, outreach, advocacy, treatment, survivorship, research or support is presented with the Mimi U. Barash Coppersmith Pink Zone Champion Award. This award recognizes those who help champion our cause in finding the cure for breast cancer and supporting those that are affected.
Ed and Jeanne Arnold are being recognized for their continued extraordinary support in the fight against breast cancer, particularly in the critical area of genetic testing. In celebration of their outstanding dedication to Pink Zone over the years, the Pink Zone Board of Directors has unanimously selected them as the 2017 honorees. Pink Zone has distributed $1.6 million over the past ten years to their beneficiaries and the Arnolds have been instrumental in helping Pink Zone donate $330,000 to the Penn State Cancer Institute.
The Lady Lion Basketball Play4Kay Game Benefiting Pink Zone will take place on Sunday, Feb. 26 as the Lady Lions take on Michigan in the Bryce Jordan Center. Last year, Pink Zone donated $220,000 for breast cancer causes. This year’s fundraising efforts will benefit the Mount Nittany Medical Center, Penn State Cancer Institute, Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition, the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital and Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital. For more information please visit the Pink Zone website: http://papinkzone.org/about/coppersmith-award/
This message was sent out via email, but we know that many of our friends don’t have an email with us, so we wanted to post this here too. Thank you!
Dear Pink Zone friends,
This season we are thankful to YOU – our donors, partners, volunteers, beneficiaries and friends – and want to THANK YOU for your support. Without you we could not make the impact towards our mission of raising funds critical in supporting vital breast cancer organizations, charities, and facilities that focus on breast cancer education, prevention, diagnosis, research, and treatment.
We have had an extremely busy fall and wanted to update you on what is taking place now and the next few months as well.
The Lady Lion Basketball Play4Kay Game benefiting Pink Zone, is scheduled for Sunday, February 26, 2017. Online registration for breast cancer survivors is open (papinkzone.org/survivorreg) and we have almost 200 survivors registered to date! It is sure to be a wonderful celebration of survivorship. Sponsorship information for the game can be found here: http://papinkzone.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/PinkZone_SponsorshipForm_2017.pdf. We hope that you will partner with us for this incredible event.
As we cheer on the Lady Lions this season, each time they make a 3-point shot, they are raising money for Pink Zone. If you would like to join in the fun, please consider making a pledge per 3-point shot throughout the season. Even if you pledge 50 cents per 3-pointer, it will help us get to our goal! Sign up here: https://pledgeit.org/pinkzone.
As we are in the thick of holiday shopping season, we wanted to share some of the ways you can buy special gifts for your loved ones (no matter the holiday or time of year) and support Pink Zone.
~Shop Amazon! When you shop at AmazonSmile, Amazon will donate to Pink Zone. Support us every time you shop by shopping through this link: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/45-3362597
~Buy the 2017 Pink Zone t-shirt at all Penn State Bookstore locations!
~SKICKS sneakers donates 15% of sales to Pink Zone when you use promo code PINKZONE. They have pink ribbon sneakers, pink ribbon laces and PSU sneakers – buy a pair at skicks.com
~Pink Zone has once again teamed up with Charitybuzz to raise funds. Charitybuzz is the place to find extraordinary experiences and luxuries to benefit remarkable charities making an impact. We have two online auctions launching November 29 – a PSU football experience and Pirates experience. Click here to bid on those starting Nov 29 and stay tuned to this link for future bidding options: www.charitybuzz.com/support/pinkzone
Make sure to shop these options whether Black Friday, Shop Small Saturday or Cyber Monday – all to support Pink Zone!
This year, on Tuesday, November 29, Pink Zone is participating in #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving. Last year, more than 45,000 organizations in 71 countries came together to celebrate #GivingTuesday. Since its founding in 2012, #GivingTuesday has inspired giving around the world, resulting in greater donations, volunteer hours, and activities that bring about real change in communities. We invite you to join the movement and to help get out and give this November 29. Encourage friends and family to donate to Pink Zone (www.papinkzone.org) or a cause or charity that is meaningful to them. Use the hashtag #GivingTuesday to talk about charity and the causes and organizations you support. We hope you will consider donating to Pink Zone!
Save the date for two additional pink events in 2017* with PSU Athletics:
Women’s Hockey – Skate for the Cure Game, January 28th vs. Mercyhurst
Women’s Gymnastics – Flip for The Cure Meet, February 4th vs. Michigan State
*Stay up to date on upcoming pink events at our website: www.papinkzone.org and our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/PennsylvaniaPinkZone/
We are thankful for you and appreciate you.
Team Pink Zone
As many of you know, October is breast cancer awareness month. This October, Pink Zone was incredibly fortunate to receive the support of so many different local businesses, and we want to say thank you.
One of our partners, Texas Roadhouse, held a fundraiser every Monday of October. On Monday’s Texas Roadhouse would donate 15% of customer’s checks upon mention of Pink Zone. Additionally, Texas Roadhouse honored a local survivor each Monday as a special guest. In total they raised $1,520 for Pink Zone! Garfield’s Restaurant in State College also teamed up with Pink Zone this October donating 10% of all food sales on October 13 to Pink Zone.
Viva Bella Salon also paired up with Pink Zone this October to take action in the fight against breast cancer. At Viva Bella, 10% of all services performed on Wednesdays in October were donated directly to Pink Zone. Viva Bella contributed $1,500 to Pink Zone. Thank you, Viva Bella Salon.
Super Cuts held their third annual Pink Out Event. On October 22, 2016, Super Cuts donated $2 of every hair cut to Pink Zone. Super Cuts was able to raise $500 toward fighting breast cancer in State College.
Penn State sports teams also played an integral role in helping make this October such a huge success for Pink Zone. The Penn State Swim and Dive team and the women’s field hockey team both hosted events in early October to benefit Pink Zone. In addition, the women’s volleyball team hosted a “Dig Pink” game and the women’s soccer team hosted a “Kick for a Cure” event. At the women’s soccer match, warm up jerseys of current players were auctioned off to benefit Pink Zone. Thank you to Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics for your undivided support this October.
Local high schools were also able to get involved. St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy volleyball team raised $3,000 for Pink Zone. Members of the volleyball team presented a check to board member, Linda Gall, at their senior night volleyball match.
Additionally, Dwellings Boutique in downtown State College and Maurices in the Nittany Mall held fundraisers benefiting Pink Zone.
Last, but certainly not least, The Centre Daily Times and the local YMCA each held October fundraisers. The CDT donated a portion of special advertisement sales to Pink Zone, and the YMCA hosted a “Fight to be Fit” challenge.
We are extremely grateful for the overwhelming amount of support we received from our community this year. We cannot thank our partners enough.