Discounted prices until March 1 for North Hills Community Outreach benefit - PineCreek Journal

Discounted prices until March 1 for North Hills Community Outreach benefit

Trib logo Natalie Beneviat

Friday, February 21, 2020 | 11:00 AM


Early-bird pricing is until March 1 for the North Hills Community Outreach Sixth Annual Neighborhood Block Party from 4:30 to 8 p.m. March 22.

The event will be held at The Chadwick on Perry Highway in Wexford. Discounted pricing is currently $30 for adults and $14 for children, ages 3 to 10 years old. Pricing beginning March 2 is $35 for adults and $15 for children, according to Cheryl English, executive assistant at the NHCO’s Allison Park main location.

Tickets are on sale only until March 19 and $5 of each adult ticket is tax deductible.

NHCO provides programs and needs for people living in crisis, hardship and poverty, according to the North Hills Community Service website. Proceeds from events like this make it possible for the NHCO to offer all free services to those who are eligible and need it.

The goal for this year is $20,000, but they want to raise more than that, said English, of Ross Township.

“It’s not just a fundraiser but a ‘friend’ raiser as well,” she said.

She said this event has always been a great way for the NHCO to make friends and gain support for their cause and they usually get a handful of new “friends” returning every year.

The NHCO, located in Allison Park and throughout the North Hills of Pittsburgh, provides more than 20 services for those in need in northern Allegheny County.

“The NHCO Neighborhood Block Party is NHCO’s largest annual fundraising event. While it is an affordable and fun event for the whole family, the money raised benefits people in need in our communities year-round. A good time for a good cause,” said Sharon Wolf, executive director for the NHCO.

Returning this year is local favorite No Bad JuJu, an eight-piece ensemble combining a diverse blend of classic rhythm and blues, soul, rock, and Top 40 music, according to the band’s webpage.

English said the event is very family-friendly with face painting, a 4-foot Connect Four-style game, a balloon artist, and fish pond. There is a chance for young guests to purchase tickets for an auction for children.

Adults can enjoy caricature artists or purchase tickets for a silent auction, which will feature more than 50 baskets, English said.

There will be five food stations, including a kid-friendly one, said English. There is also a cash bar.

Making it appealing for families is a must.

“It’s important that young people understand they can make a difference,” she said.

They make sure the event is “festive and fun,” said English. Purchase tickets online at nhco.org or by calling English at 412-487-6316, option 1.

The organization operates three food pantries in Allegheny County, including Allison Park, Millvale and Bellevue.

Some of the programs include services for seniors, free attorney advice to eligible low-income residents, education assistance, employment services, and free tax preparation among other things.

Currently, a personal care collection is being held until April 20, English said.

These are items that are not covered by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, but are items people still need. This includes toothpaste, tooth brushes, mouthwash, shampoo, soap and unscented shower gel, unscented body lotion, lip balm, feminine hygiene products, shaving cream and disposable razors, washcloths and shower poufs, according to the website’s online list.

NHCO’s offices are open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. There is also a special donation time on the first Saturday morning of each month from 9 a.m. to noon at the Allison Park pantry behind the main building on Ferguson Road.

North Hills Community Outreach provides many different services to low-income individuals and families in need and those who are income eligible as directed by the federal poverty guidelines and live in the service area of northern Allegheny County, north of the City of Pittsburgh.