The Avon Club is pleased to present the Outdoor Oasis Showcase.
This unique twist on our porch crawl fundraiser event will be a virtual competition featuring outdoor spaces at homes throughout the Avonworth Community. In addition, you can enter the raffle for a chance to win a $1,000 Grand Prize or a Giant Basket of Cheer valued at approximately $500.
The home voting and raffle will culminate with a fun-filled virtual event on Saturday, August 29, 2020 from 8-9pm.
Participants will have the opportunity to join together with neighbors for a fun evening of online activities, including cocktail-making demos, electronic voting for “Best Outdoor Oasis,” and more! Proceeds from this 2020 signature event will enable the Avon Club to continue helping local organizations from preschools, to fire departments, to Meals on Wheels, and others most affected by COVID-19.
As you know, our organization has a long history of creating opportunities to strengthen the Avonworth Community and provide community service…from public flower beds to the Fall Festival to the disbursements. Please take this time to consider how you can help the community. Is there an elderly neighbor who needs a prescription or food picked up and delivered? Is there an essential worker who needs childcare?
This is also a time where we can reflect back on our history. Recall that our club began by rolling bandages to aid the WWII war effort. We have an opportunity to aid the health care workers again today. One of our members works at UPMC Mercy and has obtained materials for making secondary surgical masks to replenish the N95 supplies that may be reallocated to the COVID-19 responders.
She has yards of poly-cotton blend, patterns and ribbon tie-backs that she got from Joann’s before they closed. We need volunteers with some sewing capability to let us know if you can help. We need volunteers to pick up and deliver the fabric; and pick up and deliver the masks. Please let me know if you can help!
There are other things we are doing and thinking about too:
– Finance Committee is evaluating the grant applications to make sure we deliver funds to the most critical areas this year
– Calling each other and checking in
– Participating in virtual fund raisers for other community groups – Ordering meals for delivery to essential businesses in the area
– We are considering the idea of a second disbursement period in the fall; do we dip into the Endowment to ensure Critical Needs are met?
Welcome to the start of a new decade! It was such a treat to look back over 75 years of positive impact to the Avonworth Community. Celebrating our history and the bonds of friendship that this club has created was truly meaningful. And for the crowning achievement to our Diamond Jubilee Celebration, we pulled off another amazing and successful Holiday House Tour, raising over $27,000 to support scholarships, area schools, YMCAs, parks, fire departments, Meals on Wheels, and more….
After a year of looking back and reflecting on our success, please join us in looking forward with energy toward an inclusive and relevant mission that continues our focus on Education, Preservation, Recreation and Social Responsibility.
We look forward to continuing our efforts to build strong community bonds. To that end, we strongly encourage our members to consider representing their municipality on the Avonworth Community Park board. There are currently openings for representatives from Ben Avon, Ben Avon Heights and Kilbuck Twp. Let Chris Cieslak know if you are interested.