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Focus on Renewal marked the oc-
casion of its 40th anniversary amidst
fine food, excellent company and the MaRketing PaRtneRshiPs
panoramic vista of beautiful downtown Focus on Renewal is delighted to welcome but building upon their foundation for a strong
Pittsburgh. The sellout event at LeMont the expertise of two enthusiastic partners to future.”
on Mt. Washington netted a little over help us strategically spread the good word Each year, Robert Morris University American
$27,000 for the agency’s first-ever en- about our organization: MaRtin Public Re- Marketing Association students offer volunteer
dowment fund, and premiered a video lations and RobeRt MoRRis univeRsity marketing services to help area non-profits. The
tribute about FOR, produced especially aMeRican MaRketing association. local chapter selected Focus On Renewal for its
for the celebration. Master of Ceremonies The story tellers of Martin Public Relations have current year-long marketing project. Recently,
laRRy RicheRt, from KDKA radio, kept established a pro bono partnership with Focus the students partnered with the university’s
the evening flowing with his trademark On Renewal. The Sewickley-based firm is gra- student engagement office for a supply drive.
mix of humor and heart. Young songwrit- ciously sharing its marketing, public relations Students, faculty and staff collected non-per-
er teRRance Moses performed his and branding expertise by developing an over- ishable food, clothing, toiletries and household
original rap song about FOR to enthusi- all strategic marketing plan for the agency. supplies for FOR’s emergency food pantry. RMU
astic applause and Honorary Chairperson chRis MaRtin, president of Martin Public Senior tRicia ZagoRski, who coordinated
Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan Relations, said, “Focus on Renewal has such a the supply drive, said, “We loved helping out
onoRato shared his congratulations strong brand in the non-profit arena of Pitts- such a worthwhile cause.” Their next project is
and deep respect for all that is Focus On burgh, and we are delighted to have the op- assisting with recruitment of walkers for Focus
Renewal. In lieu of flower centerpieces, portunity to put our marketing expertise to On Renewal’s 100 FOR 100 team in the High-
tables were adorned with adjectives work for them. Not only will we be developing mark Walk for a Healthy Community.
describing the agency and a display of marketing outreach for the organization today, See page 3 for details on how you can join the team.
photos, news clippings and memora-
bilia provided fodder for conversation
and reminiscence. The high point of the Tax CrediTs for BuTTerfly Garden
evening was the introduction of FatheR Businesses who qualify for the eDucational iM-
Regis Ryan, Executive Director, who PRoveMent tax cReDit can now designate the FOR
was greeted with a lengthy standing ova- butteRFly gaRDen eaRly leaRning centeR to
Photo by Jamie Rooney
tion. His remarks centered on his humble receive their EITC contribution. What a wonderful way to
surprise at all that has happened over 40 show your support for quality childcare! Butterfly Garden is
years and his gratitude for all of God’s the only four star, nationally accredited childcare learning
blessings, especially his dedicated staff program in our area. For more information, please contact
and supporters that continue to make it Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan On-
orato, Father Ryan and Sister Sarah celebrate
JaMie Rooney, Director of Institutional Advancement at
happen every day. 40 years at FOR on Sept. 16, 2009 at LeMont. 412-771-6460, ext. 303.
coMMunity DeveloPMent a teaM eFFoRt
By Father Regis J. Ryan
You may not have noticed yet, but there is sig- ing fellow national chains, Aldi and Rite Aid. We can
nificant momentum in the Sto-Rox community. all agree that the new lighting, paving, storefronts
For the first 35 years of its existence, Focus on and repairs have greatly improved the property.
Renewal felt like an orphan trying to renew the
Another plus for the community is the revived crime
neighborhood. Of late, however, the train has been
Photo by Christopher Rolinson
watch program. Since August 2008, the sto-Rox
moving down the track of renewal rather quickly.
block watch has united residents, business
The original Roxian theateR on Chartiers Ave- owners and law enforcement officials. With more
nue is being rejuvenated under the direction of the people attending each meeting, this crime preven-
McKees Rocks Community Development Corpora- tion effort is certainly making a difference in McK-
tion and its outstanding Executive Director, taRis ees Rocks and Stowe.
vRcek. The renovation work is being performed
The community is also blessed to have the McKees
by Penn inteRioRs, located in the former Ham-
Rocks Historical Society and its President, vicki
ilton School Building, where so many of our older
batcha. Through preservation efforts and month-
FoR MoRe inFoRMation: residents attended grade school. Dennis stasa,
ly meetings, this small group has accomplished
the owner of Penn Interiors, bought the old school
McKees Rocks Community Development
much in the past two years, including sponsoring
building and did a tremendous job in making it look
Corporation: 412-331-9902 McKees Rocks and Stowe Township, Pennsylvania
new again. Besides Penn Interiors, holy FaMily
(Images of America Series). This amazing book of
institute and the allegheny inteRMeDi-
Sto-Rox Block Watch: photos and commentary beautifully captures the
ate unit maintain offices in the building.
firstname.lastname@example.org old and newer history of this old neighborhood.
Penn Interiors also purchased the former Burgunder In August, the Historical Society hosted the 36th an-
McKees Rocks Historical Society: building at Broadway and Chartiers. Today, a shel- nual conference of the Pennsylvania Labor History
412-916-5821 tered workshop is housed there. In addition, Penn Society at the Father Ryan Arts Center and helped
Interiors took ownership of several storefronts on commemorate the centennial anniversary of the
Chartiers and Island Avenues, just across from Suds Pressed Steel Car Company strike.
& Subs, where more revitalization is taking place.
Small towns are making a comeback. Many believe
Focus On Renewal has been working with cRaig the time has come for McKees Rocks. I couldn’t
RiPPole of Trinity Development Corporation. This agree more. And so, even though Focus On Renewal
regional development company is responsible for struggles to “pay the bills” and establish an endow-
all the improvements in the plaza, now referred to ment (a luxury we never had), we thank God for
as the shoPPes at chaRtieRs cRossing. A the momentum of strength and support in renew-
Subway restaurant opened there in January, join- ing this section of Allegheny County.
FOOD DOnAtiOnS QuALiFy FOR FEinStEin FunDS
All food and financial donations to Focus on Renewal’s Emergency Food Pantry in March and April will help the
organization earn grant money from the Feinstein FounDation. This is the second year Focus On Renewal about the
is participating in the Feinstein Challenge, which will distribute $1 million among hunger agencies nationwide. Feinstein FounDation
Cash, checks and food (valued at $1.00 per item) qualify for the matching grant from the Feinstein Foundation.
Founded in 1991 by alan
To make a financial donation, mark “Feinstein” on the memo line of a check and mail to Focus On Renewal, 701 shawn Feinstein, the Fein-
Chartiers Avenue, McKees Rocks, PA 15136. Individuals and organizations wishing to donate non-perishable food stein Foundation is dedicated to
can drop off items to FOR’s community center at 701 Chartiers Avenue during regular hours: Mondays through the alleviation of hunger.
Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon.
For more information, please contact sisteR saRah cRotty at 412-771-6460 x 230 or email@example.com.
save all aboaRD!
the Date! Focus on Renewal is pleased to welcome
seven new board members, bringing our total
roster to 15 members. Meet our new members:
Paul k. bRown,
Principal, Professional Limousine Service
Focus on Renewal (FOR) is participating in the highMaRk walk FoR a
healthy coMMunity presented by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield on Sat- DaviD J. hoPkins,
urday, May 22, 2010 at Schenley Park, Flagstaff Hill in Pittsburgh. The Highmark Vice-President, Community
Walk for a Healthy Community is a fundraiser that benefits local health and hu- Development Banking, PNC Bank
man service agencies in Western Pennsylvania, such as FOR. Highmark Blue Cross
Blue Shield underwrites the cost of the walk so that 100 percent of the money
raised by walkers goes directly to the 59 participating organizations. anne iMMekus,
Director of Development, Wake Forest
Focus On Renewal is recruiting 100 friends to join our 100 FoR 100 teaM. Each
person who joins our team is asked to raise a minimum of $100 in donations. The
money raised will benefit the eMeRgency FooD PantRy at the FOR Com-
Mark satuRDay, May 22, 2010 on your calendar and start gathering friends, fami- Community Volunteer and former FOR
ly members, neighbors and co-workers to join our 100 FOR 100 team. You can register employee
online and get more information at www.walkforahealthycommunity.org.
JosePh s. koscinski,
ANOTHER NEW BUILDING Attorney-at-Law, Babst, Calland,
FatheR Ryan is always saying “no
more buildings,” in light of all the real
estate Focus on Renewal has taken
Principal, Trinity Commercial
on over the years. But there is one more
thing he is very interested in building,
and that is the agency’s newly created
endowment fund. “We’re off to a mod-
P.k. weston, Ph.d
est start, but we’re calling on our major
Professor of English, Point Park
donors, to consider making a lead gift
to help build the future for Focus On Re- The agency is also asking your help in
newal,” remarked Father Ryan. naming the endowment fund. Please
send your suggestions to mgallagher@
Bequests and contributions of any size are forstorox.org. The entire board underwent board orientation about all
welcome. Contact MaRee gallagheR, FOR programs and is converting to a committee struc-
Director of Development at 412-771-6460 ture. FOR wishes to acknowledge the fine work of the
ext. 300, for more information. ReMeMbeR hill gRouP who helped lead this effort.
Focus On Renewal in your will
Saturday, May 22 Thursday, June 17 Thursday, June 24
Mark Your Calendar:
call 412-771-6460 or visit: www.FoRstoRox.oRg.
For more information or to find out how you can help,
highMaRk walk FoR a who’s youR DaDDy? PittsbuRgh syMPhony
healthy coMMunity In honor of Father’s Day, a star-stud- oRchestRa coMMunity
ded concert of local talent perform- PaRtneRs conceRt
Join our 100 FOR 100 Team to benefit ing with their fathers to benefit the
the eMeRgency FooD PantRy at Father Ryan Arts Center. Featuring: Heinz Hall with special guest
the FOR Community Center. Joe & Johnny gRushecky, gloRia gaynoR.
neD & anthony Rankin,
Schenley Park at Flagstaff Hill bob & shani baneRJee Tickets range from $25.50 to $125.50
(5k Walk will start and finish at Flag- and all but 50 cents of the price ben-
and many more!
staff Hill in Schenley Park directly across efits Focus on Renewal.
from Phipps Conservatory.) Hard Rock Café Pittsburgh
230 W. Station Square Drive Call 412-392-4900 and mention Focus
For more info or to register visit: Pittsburgh, PA 15219 On Renewal’s code – 18200 – when
www.walkforahealthycommunity.org $10 donation; doors open 7:30 p.m. you order.
dignified and fully human way.
that they may live their lives in a
spirit, mind and body of individuals,
To empower the development of the
Photography by Chris Rolinson
Layout/Design by Pilar Brown
Father Regis J. Ryan
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