Tomp­kins Vist Bank ex­ceeds fundrais­ing goal for Mus­cu­lar Dys­tro­phy As­so­ci­a­tion.

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Tomp­kins VIST Bank raised over $17,000 at its fourth an­nual fundraiser for the Mus­cu­lar Dys­tro­phy As­so­ci­a­tion, ex­ceed­ing its goal of $16,800. The Cow Pie Bingo event was held at Clas­sic Har­ley-David­son. The amount brings the to­tal the bank has raised since 2014 to over $60,000, in­clud­ing match­ing gifts from the Jeremy Car­roll Foun­da­tion. The funds will be used to send chil­dren with neu­ro­mus­cu­lar disease to a sum­mer camp this year. The cost to send one child to MDA’s Va­ri­ety Club Camp in Worces­ter, Mont­gomery County, is $1,200, all cov­ered by the MDA.

The pub­lic pur­chased $20 squares from the bank for a chance to claim the spot where the cow would lay a pie. More than 100 bank cus­tomers, em­ploy­ees, MDA sup­port­ers and oth­ers watched as two steer calves wan­dered around a grassy pen ad­ja­cent to the deal­er­ship. It took only five min­utes for one of the calves to pick its spot. The calves be­long to 14-year-old Jonathon Wer­ley, who is rais­ing them for a 4H pro­ject. Jonathon is the son of Travis and Lisa Wer­ley. Travis is the head of the bank’s agribusi­ness group and him­self a farmer.

“This is the fourth and best year yet for our Mus­cu­lar Dys­tro­phy fundraiser, and we ap­pre­ci­ate ev­ery­one’s gen­eros­ity,” said Stephanie Waits, MDA com­mit­tee chair and ex­ec­u­tive as­sis­tant to the pres­i­dent and CEO at Tomp­kins VIST Bank. “We’re es­pe­cially pleased that more lo­cal chil­dren will be able to ex­pe­ri­ence MDA sum­mer camp.”

Anas­ta­sia Pavlack, fundrais­ing co­or­di­na­tor for MDA, said that MDA ap­pre­ci­ates the en­ergy and com­mit­ment that Tomp­kins VIST Bank em­ploy­ees put into this event ev­ery year. “The money raised through fundrais­ers like this help fund med­i­cal clin­ics, sum­mer camp for lo­cal chil­dren, sup­port groups, and life­sav­ing re­search,” she said.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Celebrating a suc­cess­ful Cow Pie Bingo fundraiser for the Mus­cu­lar Dys­tro­phy As­so­ci­a­tion are: Back row, left to right, Vicki Ide and Stephanie Waits, Tomp­kins VIST Bank. Front row, left to right, Ethan Pyles, MDA sup­porter; Mike Herr, Tomp­kins In­sur­ance.

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