The Pink Zone honors beneficiaries

Organization holds check presentation

STATE COLLEGE–The Pink Zone at Penn State honored its beneficiaries with a check for $144,441.01 during a community celebration event hosted by Kish Bank at the Mount Nittany Lounge, Beaver Stadium, on Thursday evening.

The Pink Zone is an organization that seeks to promote cancer awareness and raise funds for charities and organizations dedicated to breast cancer research and treatment. Its beneficiaries include Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital, J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital, Kay Yow Cancer Fund, Mount Nittany Medical Center, PA Breast Cancer Coalition and the Penn State Cancer Institute.

The Pink Zone is also supported by the Penn State women’s basketball team, so Head Coach Coquese Washington presented the check to representatives of each beneficiary.

“Our challenge is to partner with Kish and make Happy Valley a better community because of the values that we share,” Washington stated.

Kish Bank also presented several awards during the celebration for charitable efforts and humanitarian accomplishments. With introductions from Kish Bank CEO Bill Hayes, organizations and events including the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, Huntingdon County PRIDE, Strawberry Fields and The Arc were all recognized for their organizations’ contributions to their communities and their efforts to bring people together. Additionally, Denise Quinn, commercial relationship manager for Kish Bank, was awarded the Kish Bank Community Impact Award for her charitable work and service with organizations such as the American Heart Association.

Peter Hudson, Willaman professor of biology and director of the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences at Penn State was also awarded the Humanitarian of the Year Award for his research of infectious diseases in wildlife. Aside from Penn State and his research, he is also currently working with colleagues to establish a new health organization in India.

Referencing his young granddaughter, Hudson said, “I don’t want that little girl to grow up in a world without elephants, a world without tigers and I don’t want her to grow up in a world of intolerance.”

According to Patrick Chambers, head coach for Penn State’s men’s basketball team, “When you put Penn Staters together, Kish Bank together and the community together, you can do a lot of great things.”