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Red Cross Keystone Chapter Hosts 19th Annual Gala

Gala to Be Held Saturday, April 6 at Pasquerilla Conference Center

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – The American Red Cross is committed to its lifesaving mission of preventing and alleviating human suffering in the face of emergencies. Every eight minutes, the Red Cross responds to a disaster somewhere in the United States. However, as a nonprofit organization, the Red Cross relies on the support of local communities to continue its humanitarian relief efforts.

To garner local support and raise funds for its vital mission, the Red Cross Keystone Chapter will host its 19th Annual Gala on Saturday, April 6, beginning at 6 p.m. The event will take place at the Pasquerilla Conference Center, located at 301 Napoleon Street in Johnstown.

“Area residents have come to look forward to our annual gala,” said Colleen Sherman, executive director of the local Red Cross. “Not only is it an evening of dining and dancing, but it is also an opportunity to give back to your local neighbors in their times of need.”

Attendees will enjoy dinner, a silent auction, dancing and music from the Uptown Band. Doors open at 6 p.m.; dinner is served at 6:45 p.m.

Individual tickets to the event are $75. Corporate sponsorships are also available. Anyone interested in more information can contact Ken Geary at 814-262-3170.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the local Red Cross serving Cambria and Somerset counties. The funds raised will support local disaster services, preparedness and response training and emergency services for local military personnel and their families.

For more information on the local Red Cross, visit RedCross.org/keystone.

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About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross in Western Pennsylvania serves more than 3.6 million people in 25 counties: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Greene, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Mercer, Potter, Somerset, Venango, Warren, Washington and Westmoreland. Locally, the Red Cross provides relief to the victims of approximately 1,000 disasters each year, facilitates vital emergency communications between military members of their loved ones here at home, and trains nearly 118,000 individuals in vital lifesaving skills such as CPR and First Aid. The American Red Cross is not a government agency, nor does it receive funding from its national headquarters except during times of large-scale disasters. It is only through the generosity of the people of Western Pennsylvania that the local Red Cross is able to fulfill its mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies. For more information, please visit RedCross.org or join our blog at RedCrossWPA.wordpress.com.

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CONTACT: Lauren C. Ashley

Cell: 412-925-1630

Email: Lauren.Ashley@RedCross.org