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Group helps breast care center

Members of the Girls Night Out Altoona Inc. committee delivered a donation of $34,600 to the Joyce Murtha Breast Care Center in support of patient-care services.

Each year, the committee hosts a fundraising dinner that brings together breast cancer survivors, family, friends and supporters. The 10th annual event was held in October at the Jaffa Shrine Center in Altoona with more than 900 people in attendance.

“We are extremely grateful for the continued support we receive from the Girls Night Out Altoona Inc. organization. The committee’s dedication and hard work allow us to continue to increase breast cancer awareness and help patients in our community,” said Kim Oleksa, Chan Soon-Shiong Medical Center at Windber Foundations/development administrator, in a statement.

Sheetz now using Alexa

Sheetz Inc. customers now can order their favorite Made-to-Order food without even getting up from the couch.

Sheetz created a new skill for Alexa, which is now available, using interactive voice activated technology to enable Sheetz customers, for the first time ever, to place an order by using just their voice.

“We could not be more excited to bring this next generation of innovation to our customers and industry,” Ryan Sheetz, AVP of Brand Strategies for Sheetz, said in a statement. “From the inception of our MTO menu more than 30 years ago, to the introduction of touch-screen ordering in 1993, to the launch of the voice-activated ordering today, our goal has always been to continue to innovate and reinvent ourselves in order to provide the ultimate convenience to our customers.”

Customers who have a Sheetz online ordering account and an Alexa-enabled device can use the new Sheetz skill for Alexa.