What's Happening

6th Annual MGA Pooch Parade

Start Date: Oct 26, 2014

End Date: Oct 26, 2014

Start Time: 09:00 AM

Ends Time: 12:00 PM

The Myasthenia Gravis Association of Western PA invites all dog lovers to enjoy a fun day together at South Park on Sunday, October 26th 2014 for the 6th Annual MGA Pooch Parade. This family-friendly event features a one mile fun walk on a paved trail beginning at the Dog Park at South Park. All registered participants will receive morning refreshments, a tote bag of goodies, an official t-shirt, and a bandana for their dog. Registration begins at 9:00 am and the ‚??Pooch Parade‚?Ě begins at 10:00 am. Walkers without dogs and even virtual walkers are also welcome to participate. Form a team and walk in honor or in memory of a loved one with MG.
The event features a costume contest with prizes for best dog and best dog/owner combo costumes, as well as prizes for top individual and team fundraisers. There will be free Halloween candy for the kids, and fabulous raffles of gift baskets and silent auctions, including Steeler tickets, a signed Malkin jersey, hockey stick and gloves signed by Rick Tocchet and a Myrtle Beach vacation. A variety of vendors will be on hand to provide information and products of interest to dog lovers, including the ‚??Ask-the-Vet‚?Ě booth hosted by Dr. Marina Siegert of Bethel Park Animal Clinic. Bring your used eyeglasses to the Upper St. Clair Lions Club booth.
Proceeds from this event will benefit the Myasthenia Gravis Association of Western Pennsylvania (MGA), a private, non-profit that provides treatment and free support services to those with myasthenia gravis ‚?? a chronic autoimmune muscle weakness disorder. MG can strike anyone of any age and there is no known cause or cure.
So bring your ‚??best friend‚?Ě, canine or human, and enjoy a day of fun while supporting people with myasthenia gravis. For more information, please call (412) 566-1545 or visit mgawpa.org to download a registration form.

Greater Washington County Food Bank to Hold 8th Annual Taste of Washington

Start Date: Oct 09, 2014

End Date: Oct 09, 2014

Start Time: 05:30 PM

Ends Time: 08:30 PM

The Greater Washington County Food Bank & its Board of Directors are pleased to announce that they will once again be holding the 8th Annual Taste of Washington on Thursday, October 9th from 5:30pm until 8:30pm at the Meadows Casino. The event will feature culinary delights from local eateries, music, gift baskets, raffles, and more! The cost to attend is just $35 with an advanced ticket and $40 at the door. All proceeds from the event will benefit the work of the Greater Washington County Food Bank and their mission to end hunger in Washington County.

There are many different ways to support this great event. Businesses and individuals that wish to be involved as a vendor, sponsor, or attendee are encouraged to contact the Greater Washington County Food Bank. For more information or to obtain tickets, please contact the Greater Washington County Food Bank at 724 229-8175.

The mission of the Greater Washington County Food Bank (located at 1020 Rte. 519 in Eighty Four, PA 15330) is to provide food and nutritional education to those residents of Washington County who are food insecure. For over 30 years the Greater Washington County Food Bank, a non-profit organization, has been providing groceries and nutritional information to food insecure residents of Washington County. The Food Bank distributes to as many as 5,200 families each month through our network of 38 pantries and 5 agencies located throughout the county. Currently 30% of our recipients are children under the age of 18, and over 20% are seniors. The Food Bank relies primarily on community support to meet these objectives in a caring and compassionate way.

Fundraiser for Pleasant Hills Mom fighting rare cancer

Start Date: Oct 17, 2014

End Date: Oct 17, 2014

Christy Hazaga has been fighting a rare and particularly malicious type of cancer, called Paraganglioma, for more than 7 years now. Her condition is a result of a genetic mutation received from her father, and Christy's sister, Veronica, passed away from the same type of cancer in 2002.
Christy has been receiving treatment at the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center. She has been through almost a dozen different surgeries, several radiation treatments, and chemotherapy so far. Unfortunately, all of these treatments have not been enough, and while her doctors have been doing a wonderful job trying to help her, they have run out of options here.
Fortunately, Christy has recently been lucky enough to be accepted into an experimental trial in Houston, Texas, at the Excel Diagnostics and Nuclear Oncology Center. It is a promising, novel treatment, and we are very hopeful that it will be successful for her; however, this treatment is very expensive, and insurance will not cover all of the costs. In addition to the costs of the treatment itself, there are also the significant travel expenses. The trial requires 4 separate trips to Texas, each lasting 1-2 weeks, with 4 additional follow-up trips, and costs of flights, lodging, rental cars, etc., that go with it. It is going to be a serious financial burden on her family.
"Christy's Chili Cook-Off" will be held on Friday, October 17th, at 6:00PM at the Buffalo Inn in South Park. Tickets to the benefit will be $25 each, and will include food, beer, and soft drinks. Liquor will be "BYOB" but mixers will be provided for free. There will be the chili cook-off itself, but also raffles, a Chinese auction, door prizes, entertainment and a lot of fun!
Please donate to this wonderful cause and help make it a great success for Christy. She is an amazing daughter, wife, sister, friend, and most importantly, an incredible mother herself. Any and all donations would be greatly appreciated, be it gift cards, baskets for the auction, soft drinks, prizes, serving supplies, snacks, or participation in the cook-off!
Additionally, if you have any banners or advertisements for your business, we would be happy to display them at the benefit as a token of our appreciation for your donation.
For more information or to donate, call Debra Mayotte at 412-848-2222.