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Limited donations accepted for Fox Chapel Presbyterian Harvest Fair

Tawnya Panizzi
| Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, 1:51 p.m.
Organizers of the Harvest Fair at Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church will begin taking donations on a limited basis this week. Most of the previous donations were destroyed in the July 2 floods.
Organizers of the Harvest Fair at Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church will begin taking donations on a limited basis this week. Most of the previous donations were destroyed in the July 2 floods.

The 65th annual Harvest Fair at Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church will go on — despite the July 2 flood that destroyed 90 percent of donations stored in the church basement off Field Club Road.

It will be 5 to 9 p.m. Sept. 28 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 29.

“Volunteers held a meeting and voted to hold the fair this fall,” longtime volunteer Carol Huff said. “Since the majority of our donations go to charities in the community, we look forward to raising money again to give to others in need. Enthusiasm is high.”

Billed as the largest rummage sale in the area, the widely popular event typically sees more than a dozen rooms full of household decor, clothes, jewelry, furniture, sports equipment and books, with thousands of shoppers perusing the used goods.

Proceeds last year topped $110,000, most of which was distributed back to Lower Valley charities such as All of Us Care and the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in Sharpsburg, and Meals on Wheels in Aspinwall. Portions of the proceeds also went to international women’s and children’s groups, including a Presbyterian preschool in Kirkuk, Afghanistan.

Director Gwen Zaleski said organizers have adjusted the scope of this year’s event but have vowed to continue with the massive fundraiser.

“We had a 90 percent loss of previous donations as well as a loss of sale space,” Zaleski said.

Furniture, small appliances and decor will be taken, as will toys, holiday items, art and lamps.

But because of limited space while the church is being repaired, they will not have room for clothing, other than for babies and youth, Huff said.

Other items not accepted this year include TVs, computers, VHS and cassette tapes, text books and encyclopedias, pillows, mattresses, luggage and sporting goods.

Donations will be accepted during limited hours from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. weekdays and 1 to 4 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the Fellowship Hall entrance off Springhouse Lane.

Zaleski said volunteers are welcome.

For more, visit fcpc.us.

Tawnya Panizzi is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tawnya at 412-782-2121, ext. 2, tpanizzi@tribweb.com or via Twitter @tawnyatrib.

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