Press Release: Trumark Financial 10/3/2013

TREVOSE, Pa. –Twenty-eight community leaders, professionals, and teachers went “hog wild” and kissed a pig at TruMark Financial’s Third Annual Kiss-a-Pig Financial Literacy Fundraiser. Monies raised will support area schools in their efforts to teach personal finance. Over the past three months, participants secured sponsors and donations to raise more than $40,000 for the opportunity to kiss a pig in support of financial literacy.

Fundraising efforts culminated with a “pig kissing” event on Wednesday, Sept. 25, at the Piazza at Schmidt’s, 1015 N. 2nd Street, Philadelphia, where family, friends, students and colleagues of the participants cheered them on as they puckered up with a pot-bellied pig named Bubbles. Mike Jerrick, co-anchor Good Day, FOX 29 News, served as emcee for the event with guest appearances from Kacie McDonnell, Good Day, FOX 29 News, and John DeBella of WMGK FM, who presented a check for $1,000 on behalf of Greater Media Philadelphia.

Participants in the Third Annual TruMark Financial Kiss-a-Pig Financial Literacy Fundraiser included:
• Dennis Best, William Tennent High School
• Gregory Bruce, La Salle University
• Tobi Bruhn and Matt Cipriano, Bucks County Community College
• Peter Buchsbaum, WBCB Real Estate Reality Radio
• Dr. Sue Cornbluth, Temple University
• Anthony Devlin, Maple Point Middle School
• Darice Eppinger, Target Media
• Jason Friedman, Colonial Nissan
• Kelly McGrogan, Bayard Taylor School
• Cristina V. Gutierrez, McKinley Elementary School
• Zsuzsa Hasel, Middle Bucks Institute of Technology
• Tracey Jones, Tremendous Life Books
• Brian Joseph, Enterprise Car Sales
• Bruer Kershner, Kershner Office Furniture
• John LaSalle, Universal Credit Services
• Virginia Flick Lederman, Furniture Sir-Plus
• Eileen Friend, St. Jerome School
• John McDonald, KSM Architects
• MarySheila McDonald, La Salle University
• Jackie Metz, Horatio B. Hackett School
• Dr. Cheryl Pope, Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha
• Alicia Rodriguez, TruMark Financial
• Trudy Sanabor, TruMark Financial
• Tracy Schneider, TruMark Financial
• Mike Smith, Philadelphia Police Department
• Patricia Torpey, Our Lady of Calvary
• Sarah Yeager, TruMark Financial

Last year TruMark Financial raised $36,000 and awarded $5,800 grants to six schools to use for personal finance resources. This year’s fundraising goal has been surpassed with more than $40,000 in donations received to date. The top fundraiser this year was Peter Buchsbaum, WBCB Real Estate Reality Radio, with more than $3,000 in donations. “This fundraiser meant the world to me on two levels. One it helped schools struggling with budget issues teach children about money so that our future will be able to avoid budget shortfalls. Secondly it was sponsored by my credit union that cares about financial literacy as much as I do,” said Buchsbaum.

As a result of participants’ efforts, eight area schools will receive grants of $5,000 each to provide textbooks, workbooks, and other resources to teach the fundamentals of saving, borrowing, and investing. With the benefit of personal finance instruction, these students will be able to make informed
financial decisions.


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