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Holiday Sale and Hospitality Night in Latrobe raises funds for Adopt A Troop

Rebecca Emanuele | TRIB TOTAL MEDIA
(from left) Private Erin Linhart of North Huntingdon, Jeanne Vanhouten, Latrobe Business and Professional Women's Club, goodwill/special projects coordinator, Angela Apple, Latrobe Business and Professional Women's Club, vice president, and Jean Calabrace, Latrobe Business and Professional Women's Club, president, gather during the Latrobe Business and Professional Women's Club holiday vendor sale and hospitality night, held at Giannilli's II, Route 30, Greensburg, PA, on Thursday evening, November 20, 2014.

More than 100 ladies, and a handful of gentlemen, got a jump on their holiday shopping at the Latrobe Business and Professional Women’s Club Annual Holiday Sale and Hospitality Night.

Held Nov. 20 at Giannilli’s II in Unity, the event featured 25 vendors of specialty products and edible items, along with a buffet of the restaurant’s tasty Italian dishes. Committee member Joy Klohonatz said 17 of the featured vendors were club members, demonstrating the club’s strong presence in the local business community.

Adding to the festive atmosphere were the opportunity to network and the prospect of winning gift baskets and door prizes.

Ticket sales for a prize tree containing gift cards and certificates, lottery tickets and cash were dedicated to Adopt A Troop, a nonprofit organization that sends care packages to military personnel serving overseas. Standing nearby at parade rest was Army Pvt. Erin Linhart.

Joining Klohonatz on the event planning committee were club President Jean Cala-brace, Teresa Whitacre, Karen Mowery, Cindy Gobbel, Lisa Moore, Sue Mough and Claudette Kane. BPW District 3 Director Dawn Berkebile was spied in the crowd.

Also seen: Angela Apple, Jeanne Van Houten, Taylor Kilmer, Bonnie Brilhart, Gloria Dell, Kim Stanko, Charlene Shank, Emma Hall, Gwen Blystone, Paula Maloney, Maureen Spitznogle, Grace Rigoni, Kate Krinock and Jenny Obstarczyk.

— Shirley McMarlin

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