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Posted: Monday, October 1, 2012 9:27 am

Girls Night Out event raises $57,000

Girls Night Out began as a small “pay it forward” project by Taunia Oechslin, a breast cancer fighter who was diagnosed at 36 years old and succumbed to the disease April 9, 2009, at the age of 39.

It was her goal that every woman be educated about breast cancer, understand the value of early detection and receive proper treatment.

The 6th Annual Girls Night Out event was held in April and raised more than $57,000 for patient care services at the Joyce Murtha Breast Care Center.

Westmoreland group holding fundraiser

GREENSBURG – Westmoreland Walks Inc. – Taking Steps Against Breast Cancer, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the fight against breast cancer and the support of survivors, will hold its 11th annual walk at 11 a.m. Saturday at Pavilion 7 at Twin Lakes Park in Greensburg.  

Proceeds will benefit the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition and the Pink Ribbon Scholarship.

Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. Cost is $30.

For more infomration, call (724) 382-4148 or visit

Customers asked to ‘round up’ on bill

Cartridge World North America is working with the National Breast Cancer Foundation to raise funds for breast cancer awareness.

During October, customers can donate to the foundation at their local Cartridge World store by “rounding up” their purchase to the next dollar and  donating the change.

The goal of the Round Up for Pink Ink campaign is to raise $100,000.

Cartridge World will match the first $25,000 donated.

For more information, contact Karen Altmanshofer-McCready at the Johnstown Cartridge World store at 262-7464 or

Zumba party benefits nonprofit agency

“Party In Pink,” a Zumba charity fundraiser, will be held beginning at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at The Woodside Bar & Grill, Highland Park Road.

The two-hour event is open to all ages. It is hosted by local Zumba instructor Apryl Dolgas, with Kaylie Walker and Cristina Pecora. Local event sponsors include The Conemaugh Health System, FX Screenprinting, Copies Plus+ and The Outhouse Party Supply Store.

All of the $12 admission fee will be donated to Susan G. Koman For The Cure, a non-profit agency supporting breast cancer research. A free T-shirt will be given to the first 60 participants, courtesy of FX Screenprinting. Preregistration is not required.

Additional information is available by calling Dolgas at 421-2298, emailing or online at

Senior’s project toe-tals $1,100

Courtney Dively, a senior at Shanksville-Stonycreek High School, found the inspiration for her senior project from her aunt, who battled breast cancer for nine years.

Dively hosted a pedicure fundraiser Sept. 8, raising $1,100 for the Joyce Murtha Breast Care Center at Windber Medical Center.  

“I wanted to do something different,” she said.

IUP artist is painting pumpkins

Stephanie Martin, an IUP art student, along with a team of volunteers, decorated pink pumpkins to raise funds for the Joyce Murtha Breast Care Center.

Pumpkins can be purchased from 6 to 9 a.m. Friday at Martin’s along Route 22 in Ebensburg and from 6 to 9 a.m. Saturday at Martin’s along Route 271 in Parkhill.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday the pumpkins can be purchased at Panera Bread in Richland Township, where pink bagels will also be sold.

Stephanie’s Pink Pumpkin Project was sponsored by State Rep. John Wozniak, D- Westmont, the Joyce Murtha Breast Care Center, Panera Bread and Forever Broadcasting.

Curves offering free membership

During Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, Curves fitness centers across the country will  focus on raising awareness about the life-saving importance of risk management, early detection and early treatment of breast cancer.

Because women can help reduce their risk for breast cancer by staying in good health, Curves will offer free memberships from Oct. 1-14 to new members who show proof of a mammogram performed within the last year or who donate $25 to The American Cancer Society.  

In 2011, Curves clubs nationwide raised more than $1.7 million for the ACS.

Curves of Johnstown is located at 1015 Menoher Blvd. For additional information, call 254-1573 or A second Curves of Johnstown is located at 206 College Park Plaza. For additional information, call 266-0059 or

Curves of Ebensburg is located at 169 Mini Mall Rd., Suite 120. For additional information, call 472-2270 or


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