The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

March 29, 2013

Gala night to aid local Red Cross

Kelly Urban

JOHNSTOWN — It’s a night out to support a good cause.

The American Red Cross Keystone Chapter will hold its 19th annual Paint the Town Red gala April 6 at the Pasquerilla Conference Center, 301 Napoleon St. in downtown Johnstown.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. with a reception, and dinner will follow at 6:45.

“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,” said Colleen Sherman, executive director of the Keystone Chapter.

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

“This is our biggest fundraiser of the year,” Sherman said. “We receive no government funding and operate solely on the contributions of the residents of our community.”

Music will be provided by the Reading-area Uptown Band, whose music contains original and cover songs with elements of rhythm and blue, jazz, soul, funk, pop and rock.

A silent auction will be held in which attendees can bid on packages at the Nemacolin Woodlands and Omni Bedford Springs resorts as well as tickets to Penguins, Pirates and Altoona Curve games.

“Local merchants also have donated great items and been very generous,” Sherman said.

John Polacek, chairman of the board of directors, said the gala is a celebration of the Red Cross and everything it does for the community.

“The Red Cross is providing food, clothing and places to stay to help people get back on their feet,” Polacek said. “Without the Red Cross, who would fulfill that function?”

U.S. Rep. Keith Rothfus plans to attend to show his support.

The goal is to bring in $30,000 from the event.

“We want people to know and understand what the Red Cross is doing and what a value it is to have (a chapter) in our community,” Sherman said.

Tickets are $75 per person and will be sold until the day of the event if they are still available.

For more information or to order tickets, call 262-3170.

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