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Out & About: Lil Joe's Society of Support holds Derby Day for Charity
Posted Tuesday, May 8, 2018

The 2018 Kentucky Derby made history, but not for what happened on the track. Instead, it was the wettest day in the history of Louisville, Ky., with news outlets reporting that sodden spectators were heading for the exits hours before the horses took to the muddy oval.

The weather was fine, though, at Oak Lodge near Stahlstown, PA for the sixth annual Derby Day for Charity. Looking ready for Churchill Downs, ladies in fancy hats and gents in sport coats made their winding way to the charming woodland venue, fashioned after a rustic 18th-century village. There, they found mint juleps and Derby-style fare, along with videotaped races to bet on prior to the main event.

The party is hosted by Lil Joe's Society of Support. Funds raised are distributed to nonprofit organizations in Westmoreland, according to Jill Frey, who helmed this year's event committee along with Cara Griffin. Seen: Don and Kim Kramer, Wendy Anton, June Anton, Jim andDee Gano, Doug Bailey andJan Butcher, Ron andJoann Eberhardt, Eric andMichele Bononi, Meghan Scalise, Kristy DiGiacomo, Mike and Suzanne Ward, Jim Frey, Shane Griffin, Mark and Lisa Spitzer, Fran and Nancy Lynch, Scott and Jennifer Learn, Gene and Barbara Kravits, Tommie Korneke, Dr. Joel Sarner and David and Joanne Copeland.

TRIB Live - Shirley McMarlin

Community Foundation of Westmoreland joins with Community Foundation for the Alleghenies for Cuvee Community event
Posted Thursday, April 12, 2018

In French, the term "cuvee" refers to special blends of high-quality wines.

The Community Foundation of Westmoreland County and the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies borrow it for an annual Cuvee Community event at Green Gables Restaurant in Jennerstown.

Held on May 12, 2017, the event brings the two community foundations together for a night of wines professionally paired with a multi-course dinner.

Wine merchants Mark and Susan Vitale of Vivino Selections in Pittsburgh supplied guests with a variety of Sicilian and Tuscan vintages.

The Westmoreland County group will apply its part of the proceeds to its Day of Giving match pool. Through grantmaking, community leadership and donor development, the organization assists nonprofit partners in the development of Westmoreland County programs.

Seen: CFWC executive director Phil Koch with Deanna, CFA president and executive director Mike Kane with Elizabeth Mayer, Kim and Don Kramer, Caleb and Melissa Crousey, Mike and Paula Langer, Terry Graft and Linda Brown, Rich Lopretto and Phyllis Bertok, Irv and Jane Tantlinger and Green Gables proprietor and wine director Mary Louise Stoughton. 

TRIB Live - Shirley McMarlin

Westmoreland County Chamber of Commerce 2017 ATHENA Award

The Westmoreland County Chamber of Commerce honored excellence in local business at the 2017 Annual Business Meeting and Awards Luncheon on Oct 12. This year's recipient of the ATHENA Award is Kim Kramer, president and founder of Legacy Wealth Solutions in Ligonier. Listen to Kramer's personal story and see her accept the award at the Ramada Hotel & Conference Center.


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