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May 24, 2015

East End Cooperative Ministry's 9th Annual a Flavor of the East End

East End Restaurants Come Together to Raise Money for Residents

Who: East End Cooperative Ministry (EECM)

What: EECM’s 9th Annual A Flavor of the East End Event When: Tonight, May 16, 2015; 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Where: EECM’s Community House (6140 Station Street, Pgh, PA 15206) Why: Annual fundraiser to support all EECM’s programs Price: All tickets $100 (purchase online at www.eecm.org or at the door); No charge for media personnel Website: www.eecm.org

May 16, 2015

PITTSBURGH--- Pittsburgh’s East End is home to award-winning restaurants that are rebranding Pittsburgh to be a town of innovative and delicious dining. These restaurants, with all of their successes, have decided to band together to support East End Cooperative Ministry’s annual fundraiser—A Flavor of the East End.

The event will be held tonight, May 16, 2015 at East End Cooperative Ministry’s Community House in East Liberty (6140 Station Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15206). It will begin at 7:00 p.m. and end at 10: 00 p.m. This is an all ages event and all tickets to this event are $100. Tickets can be purchased online at EECM’s website (www.eecm.org) or at the door on the date of the event.

During A Flavor of the East End, participants will be able to sample food from area restaurants. In addition to the food, this event will feature a silent auction and a “fund a need” campaign, where individuals can donate a specific amount to fund a specific need. All of the monies raised will go directly to EECM programming.

East End Cooperative Ministry was founded in 1970 as an interfaith nonprofit aimed at addressing poverty in Pittsburgh’s East End. Since its founding, EECM has been at the forefront of community issues. To aid in its mission in creating opportunities, EECM offers services in three areas: Children & Youth, which provides enrichment activities for children and teens; Community Nutrition Services, which comprises a food pantry and free meals to community members; and I.M.P.A.C.T.S. (Individuals Making Progress and Change Toward Self-Sufficiency), which provides emergency, short-term, and permanent housing, and education and employment opportunities. Combined, the services of EECM have served tens of thousands of individuals since its founding in 1970.

“We want to raise awareness on community issues, like homelessness, food insecurity, and violence, and this has always been a successful event for us,” said EECM Executive Director Michael J. Mingrone. “People attend this event for a great time, but they are also supporting a response to community need.”

Last year, A Flavor of the East End raised close to $70,000. This year it is on pace to raise even more money. Activities will also include performances from EECM’s Children & Youth band, Jamie Wright and DJ SMI.

“Flavor is a great opportunity for us to support a stakeholder in the East End community,” said Natalie DeiCas, who owns Everyday’s A Sundae, one of the participating businesses.