Local 12 SMART Army Casts Out in Support of Local Youth and Veterans

August 7, 2019

As famous Pittsburgh resident Fred Rogers once said, “Anyone who does anything to help a child in this life is a hero to me.”
Local 12 SMART Army members were able to bring memories to last a lifetime to local children who for the first time were treated to their own fishing adventure in Derry, Pennsylvania, in an event held with the Children’s Variety Charity of Westmoreland County.
SMART Local 12 Business Representative Dan Maslo helped organize the event and described it as “a rewarding experience and a whole lot of fun for everyone who got involved.”
“The solidarity we enjoyed and ties we extended to the community pay back in many ways for all of us, and we are proud to have taken part in it.”
Local 12 Business Manager Greg Blose said children who took part received free fishing poles from Pure Fishing Inc., with prizes awarded for those with the biggest catches.
“We are proud to have hosted this event,” Blose said.
The Local 12 SMART Army also helped install a stainless kitchen hood and measured, produced and installed duct for the John Vento Veterans Community Center in Penn Hills, Pennsylvania. The center is named after Vento, a local World War II veteran and a champion for veteran causes who worked to raise more than $4 million for the WWII Memorial on Pittsburgh’s North Side.