Bethel’s Bounty enjoys successful return

By Eleanor Bailey almanac Sports Editor ebailey@thealmanac.Net 3 min read
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Andy Amrhein, right, helps Barb Costello disassemble and pack up the decorative snowman outdoor display she won during the raffle portion of Bethel’s Bounty.

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From left, Bethel Bakery owners John and Christine Walsh along with their son, Stephen, and his wife, Kate, stand in front of the three designer cakes that were raffled during Bethel’s Bounty.

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Rich Wolfe, general manger of the Trolley Stop Inn, serves up cheesy potatoes for Donna and Bob Bauer during Bethel’s Bounty.

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Anthony, Allen and Allison Ho serve John Buckley an order of Sushi from Rice Inn during Bethel's Bounty.

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Sue Kochin places a ticket in one of the gift bags in hopes of winning one of the prizes donated from local businesses for Bethel’s Bounty.

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National Honor Society members Keelan Donovan and Jadon Tietz check in guests Bob and Rachel Schroeder as well as Cameron Mays. Approximately 300 people attended Bethel's Bounty, which return to an in-person event after taking a hiatus during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Members of the Bethel Park Community Foundation gathered for a group photo during Bethel's Bounty. The event is the primary fundraiser for the organization.

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Dana Walker, Gretchen Boyan and Debbie DelPercio served up a meal from Cyd West Comfort Catering

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A fun night out at Bethel's Bounty was shared by friends, seated, Carol McDonough and Cindy Dziezgowski as well as, standing, Ron Dziezgowski and Brian McDonough. A former BP police officer, Dziezgowski is now the West Jefferson Hills police chief.

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Jennifer Reverri arranges the sweet treats donated by the Pie Place at Bethel's Bounty. 

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Dan Duff completed his Christmas shopping early when he won a necklace from South Hills Jewelers for his wife, Sherial, during one of the raffles at Bethel's Bounty.

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Mike Smith clutches his raffle tickets while his wife, Peggy Waylonis, continues to fill out her coupons in the hopes of winning one of the donated prizes at Bethel's Bounty.

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Sandy Raimondi along with Steve and Erica Diethorn, proprietors of Ma & Pop's Country Kitchen, served up beef tips and noodles as well as stuffed pepper soup during Bethel's Bounty.

It was almost like old times as the Bethel Park Community Foundation returned to hosting its major fundraiser after a hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Approximately 300 guests attended Bethel’s Bounty held Nov. 14 at the Crowne Plaza Pittsburgh South.

“It was an amazing turnout,” said Andy Amrhein, who was master of ceremony at the event.

Amrhein, one of Bethel Park Community Foundation’s at-large members and a board of trustee member, is also the proprietor of Evey True Value Hardware, one of the event’s major sponsors.

“We were concerned but ultimately we let the people decide if they were comfortable with attending,” said Katie Hogue, who chaired the event. “There was no fall out.”

Amrhein and Hogue said the foundation wanted to get back to an in-person event because of the money that is raised for Bethel Park. All proceeds from Bethel’s Bounty goes back into the community in the way of grants, scholarships and endowments.

“It’s a fun evening and a great opportunity to support the community and what it has to offer,” said Anna Marie Christian, who attended the event with her husband, Laurence, who is Bethel Park’s municipal manager.

Sue Kochin agreed. She said she loves Bethel’s Bounty.

“It’s a great event and highlights what our community has to offer,” she said.

Kochin added she had no qualms about attending an indoor activity of this magnitude during a pandemic. She is fully vaccinated and recently received her booster shot.

“I feel it’s time to start living again,” Kochin said. “This event is a big part of our lives.”

Guests enjoyed food from local vendors such as Rice Inn, Cyd West Comfort Catering, Metz Culinary Management, Pasta Too, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Ma and Pop’s Country Kitchen, Trolley Stop Inn and Toss Pizza and Wings.

Bethel Bakery, Dairy Queen, The Pie Place and Duck Donuts provided desserts while Spoonwood Brewing, J&D Wine Cellars and Judy’s Java Joint offered up beverages.

More than $10,000 worth of prizes were donated by local business.

In addition to True Value Hardware and Bethel Bakery, 412 Property Sisters, RealtyOne Group, the Law Offices of Samuel A. Moore, SE Staley Electric, Inc. Tucker/Arensbert Attorneys and Highpoint Fitness served as major sponsors.

“We feel very much as ever that the event was a success,” said Hogue. “Our local the business have been so generous.”

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