Financial literacy

Community leaders ‘kiss a pig’ for financial literacy

ABINGTON, PA – Business and community leaders from across the region recently descended on the Abington Art Center to hug a pig, while raising money for a worthy cause.

TruMark Financial held its 11th annual financial literacy fundraiser on May 11, an event designed to help raise awareness of financial literacy in our local schools.

Those who participated had the opportunity to plant a big wet one in the face of Raines, a jovial pot-bellied pig.

Funds raised at the event help support financial literacy programs at area educational institutions.

The annual fundraiser is part of TruMark Financial’s “Building Financial Futures” initiative, which brings together local educators, community members, business leaders and credit union employees to raise funds for schools to help them purchase materials to teach the fundamentals of personal finance, according to a news release from TruMark.

Those who participated in the recent fundraiser were Marc Farzetta, a sports radio personality from Philadelphia who hosts the Farzy Show podcast; Gina Gannon, a 6ABC Action News traffic reporter; Ben Fetterman, a representative of TruMark Financial, and others.

TruMark said it raised $20,000 through the kiss-a-pig event and the money will be donated as grants to participating area schools to help with the financial literacy program.

“This information will help students make informed financial decisions and guide them towards a future of financial success,” TruMark’s statement said.

According to the press release, TruMark, since the program’s inception, has donated more than $400,000 to area schools in need of personal financial resources.

The grant money was used to purchase items such as calculators, software, Chromebooks and textbooks, items which are used to teach “the value of saving and the importance of managing money responsibly,” the press release read.

You will find more information about the program here.