Friday, August 14, 2015

PACB Donates $74,000 to The American Red Cross

Members of the Pennsylvania Association of Community Bankers (PACB) Executive Committee presented The American Red Cross with a check for just under $74,000 during a special presentation at the Red Cross Office in Harrisburg on Thursday, August 13, 2015. The donation, which will be used to support Red Cross disaster services in Pennsylvania, came from a fund originally intended to provide relief for Johnstown Flood victims. After years of inactivity on the account, PACB decided to broaden the scope of this investment to help current disaster victims and made the gift in support of our efforts in the community.

“The community banking industry in Pennsylvania cares deeply about the communities we serve. The dollars that make up today's contribution were raised in the wake of a devastating flood. This money was raised to serve people in Pennsylvania who are impacted by disaster. Clearly, the American Red Cross is the organization best positioned to help people and communities when disaster strikes. We are happy to come alongside of the Red Cross to advance our common mission,” noted Nick DiFrancesco, President and CEO of the Pennsylvania Association of Community Bankers.

Following the formal presentation to Red Cross board members and staff, the group had the opportunity to tour one of the Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicles and learn more about how their gift will impact Red Cross services in the 22 counties served by the Central Pennsylvania Region.

“Last fiscal year, the Red Cross assisted close to 800 families – just under 4,000 individuals – who experienced personal disasters throughout our region,” stated Red Cross Board Chair Karen Deklinski. “Since all disaster services are provided free of charge to our clients, we rely on the financial support of individuals and our corporate partners to provide us with the resources necessary to help families and communities in times of crisis. This extremely generous donation will have a huge impact on our ability to fulfill our mission.”

Pictured above (l-r): Red Cross board member Bud Bollinger, Red Cross Regional CEO Ellen Kyzer, Red Cross board member Paul LeVan, PACB President and CEO Nick DiFrancesco, Red Cross board member Adam Long, Red Cross board Chair Karen Deklinski, Red Cross Regional Disaster Services Officer Chris Weidenhammer, and PACB Executive Committee members Terry Foster (Executive Vice President and CEO of MCS Bank, Lewistown), Dennis Cirucci (President and CEO Alliance Bank, Broomall), and Fred Henrich (President CSBank, Coatesville).

Pictured below (l-r): Chris Weidenhammer, Nick DiFrancesco, Terry Foster, Ellen Kyzer, Karen Deklinski, Dennis Cirucci, and Fred Henrich.