Business and Community Leaders Puckered Up and Raised $35,000 to Support Financial Literacy Programs in Local Schools

Second annual Kiss A Pig Fundraiser a success

– Twenty-one community leaders, professionals, and teachers kissed a pig at TruMark Financial’s Second 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 $35,000, more than double the amount raised last year, for the opportunity to kiss a pig in support of financial literacy.

Fundraising efforts culminated with a “pig kissing” event on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, at the Piazza at Schmidt’s, 1015 N. 2nd Street, Philadelphia, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., where family, friends, and colleagues of the participants cheered them on as they puckered up with a pot-bellied pig named Bubbles for this worthy cause. John DeBella of WMGK FM served as emcee for the event with guest appearances from Mike Jerrick and Jennaphr Frederick, Fox 29 news anchors; Marilyn Russell, 95.7 BEN FM; and Tony Bruno, 97.5 FM the Fanatic. Mike Jerrick and Tony Bruno couldn’t resist the opportunity to kiss a pig and jointly took the stage to give Bubbles a smooch.

Participants in the Second Annual TruMark Financial Kiss-a-Pig Financial Literacy Fundraiser included:

  • Bernie Sherin, William Tennent High School
  • John Bowser, Target Media
  • Shanlin Cheng, Grace Financial Capital Group, Inc.
  • Marshal Davis, Liberty Fencing Club LLC/Davis Law
  • Janet Dougherty, Neshaminy High School
  • Michele Flaville, TruMark Financial
  • William Foschini, Old City Millwork
  • Jason Friedman, Colonial Nissan
  • Rose Gray, APM (Asociaciόn de Puertorriqueños en Marcha, Inc.)
  • Katisi Henderson, Wilmington University Alumna
  • Bruer Kershner, Kershner Office Furniture
  • John LaSalle, Universal Credit Services
  • Barbara McClain, Christ the King Elementary School
  • John McDonald, Seace McDonald Architects
  • Julia McGinley, John B. Stetson Middle School
  • David Miller, Bensalem High School
  • Marcus Newton, Enterprise Car Sales
  • Roseann Oleyn, WHYY, Inc.
  • Michael Patterson, TruMark Financial
  • Stephanie Weinstein, TruMark Financial
  • Christine Wiggins, Imhotep Institute Charter High School

Pennsylvania public schools have witnessed huge cuts in their budgets with more proposed in the upcoming year. As a result, vital programs will be eliminated. The Kiss A Pig Financial Literacy Fundraiser will provide much needed resources to teach the fundamentals of saving, borrowing, and investing, making a positive influence on the financial futures of young adults. Without the benefit of financial literacy education, these students may be left behind and become another statistic plagued with debt.

About TruMark Financial:
TruMark Financial is one of the strongest, most progressive credit unions in the nation, offering a full range of banking, investing, and insurance services to more than 96,000 members in Southeastern Pa.

Founded in 1939, TruMark Financial is headquartered in Trevose, Pa., and has approximately $1.4 billion in assets through its 14 branches, Call Center, and a suite of innovative online services. To learn more about TruMark Financial, visit or call 1-877-TRUMARK. Connect with TruMark Financial at and

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