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Croatian Club Makes Donation to Breast Cancer Voucher Program

The Croatian Club Lodge 80 in Smoke Run, Pa donated $10,743.00 to the Breast Cancer & Women’s Health Institute’s (BCWHI) Breast Cancer Voucher Program. BCWHI is a service of Tyrone Regional Health Network.

The Croatian Club raised the donated funds via a “Bras for a Cause” ATV Ride and Scavenger Hunt held Saturday April 9, 2016.

The ATV Ride and Scavenger Hunt was a huge success thanks to the generous support of sponsors, donors, event volunteers, support provide by the Coalport VFW Post #7043 and the Moose Lodge #1172 in Madera and the participation of more than 185 ATV riders from communities throughout the Central Pennsylvania region.  A variety of activities were conducted as part of the overall event including a “Bras for a Cause” t-shirt sale, donations to purchase “Bras for a Cause” sponsor cards to honor or remember loved ones and door prize drawings.  Participants in the “Bras for a Cause” event also enjoyed festivities at the Croatian Club following the event including a live broadcast with QWIK Rock 105.9 Lion Country’s Rock Station, games with chances to win great prizes and entertainment featuring DJD.

“Continuing the legacy and rich tradition of the Croatian Fraternal Union forefathers, the Croatian Club Lodge 80 works diligently to support local charities, youth athletics and the needs of our community.  We were overwhelmed and humbled by the support that was received for the ‘Bras for a Cause’ ATV Ride.  The support from the sponsors, riders, VFW, Moose, our members and the community was amazing.  We look forward to providing support to programs such as this in the future,” said Mike Terlinsky, President of the Trustees Croatian Club Lodge 80.

The Croatian Club wishes to recognize and thank the following supporters and event sponsors: Platinum Pink Sponsors- Coalport VFW & Ladies Auxiliary, Marty’s Bingo Supplies, Inc., Houtzdale Moose, Croatian Club, Qwik Rock, Madera Moose, Walmart DC #6027, Gold Level Sponsors – Dotts Energy, Travis Supply, Morann Citizens Club, Janesville VFW, Silver Level Sponsors – Houtzdale Lions Club, Penn Forest Products, LLC, Sajak’s Tree Service, Bellmeade Family Medicine, Dr. Fidelis Ejianreh, Kitko Custom Cabinetry, Jayz Teez Screen Printing, Rowles’ Snack Food, Bronze Level Sponsors –Five Star Powersports, Frailey’s Greenhouse and Garden Center, LLC, Northwest Bank, American Honey Crafts, State Farm Insurance, Kelly C. Wike, Agent, DJ-D Entertainment Personal Level Sponsors – Houtzdale Shop ‘N Save Express, Jacob George Ford Sales, Inc., Betsy G. Walstrom’s Barber Shop, Lucas Supply, Kevin Wasiw Contracting, Karl Bonsell, The Vereshack’s, The Peluso’s, Cassandra & Drew Kitko, Moshannon Valley Eye Care and Curwensville VFW.

 “This is an amazing gift for the women of our area who battle breast cancer,” said David Arbutina, M.D., Medical Director of the Breast Cancer & Women’s Health Institute.  “Our appreciation to the hard working folks at the Croatian Club of Smoke Run cannot be over stated. Many thanks.”

The Breast Cancer Voucher Program assists area women who are patients of the Breast Cancer & Women’s Health Institute (BCWHI) who have breast cancer and who are uninsured or underinsured by providing financial support. Women battling breast cancer and their families are profoundly affected by this disease and deal with many stressers. Among them are financial stressers. Costs associated with breast cancer care and recovery are numerous and significant. There are costs for direct medical care, transportation costs associated with cancer treatments, expenses for medical supplies and other items such as wigs and prosthetic bras.  Women who are underinsured or who do not have health insurance often find themselves with mounting expenses intensifying an already stressful experience.  Additionally, the process of cancer treatment and recovery is typically lengthy keeping working women away from their jobs which can significantly reduce a family’s income.

The Croatian Club conducts fundraisers year round to support charitable organizations in the community. To find out more about the Croatian Club, you can visit their Facebook page at Facebook.com/CroatianClublodge80

Pictured are representatives of the Croatian Club who organized the Bras for a Cause ATV Ride & Scavenger Hunt from left to right are: Joe Vereshack, Corey Evans, Victor Lutz, Amy Vereshack, Ken Kitko, Mike Terlinsky and Roger Lewis.

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Croatian Club to hold “Bras for A Cause” Event to Benefit the Breast Cancer Voucher Program

The Croatian Club Lodge 80 in Smoke Run, Pa will hold a “Bras for a Cause” ATV Ride and Scavenger Hunt to benefit the Breast Cancer & Women’s Health Institute’s (BCWHI) Breast Cancer Voucher Program.

The event will be held Saturday April 9, 2016. Registration will be from 10am-11 am. There is a donation fee of $10.00 per rider. Start point is at the Croatian Club located at 5792 Cross Roads Blvd in Smoke Run, PA. The ride includes stops at the Croatian Club in Smoke Run, the Coalport VFW Post #7043 and the Moose Lodge #1172 in Madera.  A “Bras for a Cause” t-shirt sale will also be held during the event. Individuals will have an opportunity to make donations to honor or remember loved ones by posting a pink paper bra bearing a loved one’s name or a special message. The pink paper bras will be available at the Croatian Club, the Coalport VFW and the Moose Lodge in Madera.

Participants in the “Bras for a Cause” are invited to participate in festivities at the Croatian Club following the event. Activities will include a live broadcast with QWiK Rock 105.9 Lion Country’s Rock Station, games with chances to win great prizes, followed by entertainment featuring DJD.

The following sponsorship opportunities are also available:

 Platinum Pink Level $500– Business name and logo will appear on all promotional advertisements, radio commercials, logo will be integrated on the front side of the event t-shirt.

Gold Level $250 – Business name and logo will appear on the event banner as a Gold Level Sponsor and business name and logo will be listed on the back side of the event t-shirt.

Silver Level $125 – Business name will appear on the event banner as a Silver Level Sponsor and business name will be listed on the back side the event t-shirt .

Bronze Level $75 – Business name will appear on the event banner as a Bronze Level Sponsor and name will be listed on the back side of the event t-shirt.

Personal Sponsorship Level  $25 – Business name will appear on the event banner as a Personal Sponsor and name will be listed on the back side of the event t-shirt.

Sponsorships may be submitted to Croatian Club Lodge 80, 5792 Cross Roads Blvd

PO Box 28, Smoke Run, PA 16681. While donations will be accepted at any time leading up to the event, the deadline for sponsorship recognition is March 11, 2016.

The Breast Cancer Voucher Program assists area women who are patients of the Breast Cancer & Women’s Health Institute (BCWHI) who have breast cancer and who are uninsured or underinsured by providing financial support.

Women battling breast cancer and their families are profoundly affected by this disease and deal with many stressors. Among them are financial stressors.

Costs associated with breast cancer care and recovery are numerous and significant. There are costs for direct medical care, transportation costs associated with cancer treatments, expenses for medical supplies and other items such as wigs and prosthetic bras.  Women who are underinsured or who do not have health insurance often find themselves with mounting expenses intensifying an already stressful experience.  Additionally, the process of cancer treatment and recovery is typically lengthy keeping working women away from their jobs which can significantly reduce a family’s income.

For more information about sponsoring or participating in the “Bras for a Cause”

ATV Ride and Scavenger Hunt, please call Amy Vereshack at 814-761-0440 or via email at amyvershack@gmail.com

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Tyrone Area School District Supports Breast Cancer Voucher Program

The staff and students at Tyrone Area School District (TASD) contributed $2,146.60 to support The Breast Cancer & Women’s Health Institute’s (BCWHI) Breast Cancer Voucher Program. BCWHI and its Voucher Program are services of Tyrone Regional Health Network.

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Women’s Club of Tyrone Supports Expansion of Women’s Health Services

The Women’s Club of Tyrone donated $22 000.00 to the Tyrone Hospital Foundation to support expansion of women’s health services at Tyrone’s Breast Cancer & Women’s Health Institute (BCWHI).

The BCWHI is expanding its services to include gynecology care. Altoona OB-GYN Associates will begin office hours Oct 20th to provide gynecology care on the Tyrone Regional Health Network campus as part of BCWHI. Funds donated by the Women’s Club of Tyrone are helped to ready the facility and provide equipment for the new Altoona OB-GYN Associates office.

Altoona OB-GYN Associates physicians Patricia Hoyne, M.D., David Lee, M.D., Liang Bartkowiak, M.D., Ryan Zlupko, M.D. and John Kennedy, M.D. will have office hours in Tyrone on a rotating schedule. All of the physicians are joining the Tyrone Regional Health Network medical staff and will perform surgery at Tyrone Hospital.   Altoona OB-GYN’s Tyrone office will be in addition to their office based in Altoona.

Stephen C. Gildea, FACHE, CEO at Tyrone Regional Health Network said the generous donation from the Women’s Club of Tyrone will help give women additional options for gynecology care. “Gynecology is primary care for women and a service that is frequently accessed. I am sure this will be well received by the community.”

The Women’s Club of Tyrone raised the funds to support the BCWHI expansion via their annual 200 Club Raffle Event/Silent Auction held spring 2015.  The Women’s Club conducts the fund-raiser annually to support women’s health services at Tyrone Regional Health Network.

 

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Photo Caption: Pictured are members of the Women’s Club of Tyrone as they present a donation to Tyrone Regional Health Network to support expansion of women’s health services at Tyrone Regional’s Breast Cancer & Women’s Health Institute. Pictured left to right front row: Fran Bigelow, Sue Griep, Kristin Barrett, Vice President, Women’s Club of Tyrone, Sarah Wilson, Kelly Stine, Mary Walker, Brenda Bartos and Judy Norris.  Back row left to right: Rose Black, Treasurer, Women’s Club of Tyrone, Tammy Emeigh, Mim Holtz, Wendy Boytim, Stephen C. Gildea, CEO, Tyrone Regional Health Network, Tonya Harpster, Diane Irwin, President, Women’s Club of Tyrone and Wendy Grot. Members of the Women’s Club of Tyrone not present for the photo: Suzanne Bigelow-Cherry, Kari Black, Jessica Ford Cameron, Danielle Harris, Heidi Howard, Jan Lawrence, Michele Miller and Ann Searer.

Back to School Lunches for Healthier Kids

It’s almost back to school time, which means that very soon parents will be back in the groove of packing lunches for their children. During the summer months, it might become easier to provide nutritious, well-rounded lunches and snacks for your kids. And in between summer camp, playing with friends and going to the pool, kids need fuel to keep themselves going. But, when the school bell rings and class is back in session, how can a busy parent ensure their child is getting a healthy lunch?

Read some of our ideas for quick and easy ways to incorporate a healthy lunch into your child’s school day:

  1. Be sure to start the day with breakfast! If you are in a rush, try to avoid giving your child sugary treats as breakfast. Some ideas to try include Greek yogurt with fruit, a banana or apple with peanut butter on whole grain toast, or a homemade smoothie. For smoothies, include fresh or frozen fruit, peanut butter, & milk or yogurt for a great mix of protein, fiber, & nutrients. Starting the day off with a nutritious breakfast ensures your child will feel full and energized until lunch.
  2. Swap white bread for a whole grain wrap or pita. Wraps and pitas are lower in calories than traditional bread, contain more nutrients, are easier to pack and kids love them. Place lean turkey breast, chicken, lettuce and other toppings in bags so your child can assemble their own sandwich!
  3. Often when you include fruit or veggies with your child’s lunch, it gets left in the bag or tossed. Try including almond butter, Nutella (only sometimes, as it is still high in sugar) or hummus with it. Your child will be more inclined to eat the healthy stuff if there is a dip involved!
  4. Replace your Capri Sun, juice box or high sugar beverage with flavored water or a non-calorie sports drinks. The sugar in your child’s beverage could be leading to a sugar crash later in the day.

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