EAST LIBERTY- On Friday August 14, 2015, 500 kids and adults attended Three Rivers Youth’s first annual community appreciation day, a family-friendly outdoor event celebrating back-to-school readiness and mid-summer fun. The event was inspired by Three Rivers Youth’s 135-year legacy of helping struggling families, children, and youth in Allegheny County.
The Community Appreciation Day offered free grilled hot dogs and soft drinks, games and prizes for kids, basketball skills, yoga and martial arts demos, and a back-to-school fashion show. Adults received free 10-minute massages and browsed information on Three Rivers Youth programs and other services available in the area. Live musical performances included an inspiring message from Pop/Soul vocalist Angee Gonzalez on how she benefited from Three Rivers Youth programs as teenager. The Pittsburgh City Fire Department and Obama Academy Marching Band kicked off the activities. State Representative Ed Gainey gave a passionate appeal for swift passage of Pennsylvania’s stalled 2015-16 budget while encouraging voters to demand greater funding for public education, as well as help for struggling children, youth, and families–and the communities in which they live.
Special thanks to event sponsors: the East End Cooperative Ministry, the City of Pittsburgh, Obama Academy, University of Pittsburgh, East Liberty Giant Eagle, New Voices Pittsburgh, Just Harvest CitiParks, Sams Club in Monroeville, Penn Circle McDonalds, Megan Delpriora Yoga and the Pittsburgh Fire Bureau. Thanks also to community organizer interns Willie Keeler and Gianna Griffin.