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February 1, 2014

West End Lions honor civic leader

JOHNSTOWN — A Johnstown businessman, civic leader and philanthropist has been selected to be the newest member of the Johnstown West End Lions Club’s Hall of Fame.

Mark Pasquerilla, president and chief executive officer of Pasquerilla Enterprises, will be inducted during the Lions’ annual dinner and dance Feb. 22. The event starts at 6 p.m. at the Pasquerilla Conference Center in downtown Johnstown.

“I’m really honored to have been selected,” Pasquerilla said.

He said he is friends with many of the Lions such as Ed Cernic Sr., Kamal Gella and Bill Neatrour.

“It’s going to be a great night for my family,” he said. “It gives me an opportunity to talk to local citizens about our community.”

The Lions’ Hall of Fame was founded in 2011. The first inductee was Christine Cox, regional sales director and community affairs officer at Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield in Johnstown.

She was followed in 2012 by Glenn Wilson, president and chief executive officer of Ameri-Serv, and in 2013 by Edward J. Sheehan Jr., president and chief executive officer of Concurrent Technologies Corp.

None, including Pasquerilla, is a member of the Johnstown West End Lions Club, Gella said.

Pasquerilla was selected as the inductee because of his outstanding achievements, community service and good citizenship, said Gella, co-chairman of the event.

Those principles are the same ones that the Lions Club embraces, Gella said.

The event is open to the public. The cost is $25 a person and includes dinner and dancing.

For tickets, call Gella at 659-6424, Mary Jane Verbiar, 536-1124, or Terri Kodgis, 659-6620.

Money raised through the event will assist members of the community, especially children, with urgent medical needs resulting from cancer and other illnessess, Gella said.

The fundraiser also will help the Lions with other projects such as providing leader dogs.

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