FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 2015

 

Photo Caption: (from left to right) Angela Rose-O’Brien, President of Angela’s Angels; Kathleen Comini of Standard Bank; Judy Schaffer, volunteer seamstress for Angela’s Angels; Carolyn Tlumack of Standard Bank; and Tom O’Brien, volunteer for Angela’s Angels.

 

Standard Charitable Foundation Awards $2,000 Grant to Angela’s Angels

 

Westmoreland County, Pa. – Standard Charitable Foundation has awarded a $2,000 grant to Angela’s Angels to help local disadvantaged girls in Western Pennsylvania obtain prom gowns.

 

The need for Angela’s Angels is becoming more and more apparent with every flood, job loss and tear that is shed by a young lady who believes that she cannot  ‘afford’  to feel like a princess for just one night. Established in 2006, Angela’s Angels goal and mission is to provide free prom attire to local economically disadvantaged girls in Western Pennsylvania school districts who cannot afford to attend their prom. The prom attire provided to these young girls includes dresses, shoes and accessories. The organization is located on Ligonier Street in Latrobe.

 

One particular story stands out to Angela Rose-O’Brien, founder and president of Angela’s Angels, as she recalls the past 10 years of the organization. She tells us, “About seven years ago we met a beautiful girl that came to her appointment with us with a newborn son. These appointments (with little ones) are our favorites. As volunteers, we commend the strength and commitment these ladies accept to keep their babies. This spring, we received a call from the same young woman indicating she needed another appointment. When she arrived she said, ‘Do you remember me? The last time I was here, you held my baby while I tried on prom dresses. Today, he is six years old, and I am here to find a dress for my nursing school graduation.’”

 

Kathleen Comini, market manager of Standard Bank’s Mt Pleasant and Scottdale offices, adds “Being one of the founding members of this organization and having been in a similar financial situation when I was younger, makes me realize even more that there is no greater joy than giving back. Seeing the shine in the eyes of these young women when they see themselves in the mirror for the first time is incredible. Angela is the angel behind this idea, and her leadership abilities got this idea off the ground. It’s wonderful to see that Angela’s Angels will soon to celebrate their 10th anniversary of outfitting young ladies in our local communities.”

 

Standard Charitable Foundation’s mission is to provide financial support to not for profit organizations in the communities in which Standard Bank operates. The Standard Charitable Foundation was established in conjunction with the 2010 conversion of Standard Bank’s parent company from mutual to stock form.

 

If you are interested in donating your old prom dresses, shoes, or accessories, please contact Angela at 724.836.6444 or angelasangels1@aol.comfor an appointment.  You may also visit them online at www.angelasangels.orgto see drop off locations.

Thank you!