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Friends of Pine seeking new members

| Monday, June 11, 2018, 8:49 p.m.

If you've ever enjoyed the amenities the Pine Community Center and parks have to offer and have been looking for a way to get involved in the community, the opportunity awaits with Friends of Pine.

The Friends of Pine committee is looking for new members to bring new energy to the group, which works to raise money and distribute it back to the park and the center.

“The mission is great, it's to help the community center and help the park, so what we're providing is great, we just need new people to step in and keep that moving,” said John Gill, chairman of the board of directors.

The committee has been around for more than 10 years and hold two major fundraising events each year — the Taste of Pine and the Friends of Pine Community Parks Annual Golf Classic. In the last six years, it has put more than $100,000 back into the park and community center with projects including improvements to the baseball fields, installation of the gazebo and new exercise equipment. Friends of Pine also contributes to special events at the community center such as Holiday Dazzle, Breakfast with Santa and the annual Halloween party.

The committee meets quarterly for about an hour, Gill said, to discuss how to distribute the money it raises. It needs help with fundraising and people who can get out in the community and talk to local businesses and others for financial support and/or donations. It needs help at events such as Taste of Pine with setup and ticketing.

Gill said experience is not necessary.

“I don't think you need anything other than passion, energy and excitement,” he said. “I think what we're providing are fun events for the community. We just need people to help make that possible.”

If interested, contact Joni Patsko, director of Pine parks and recreation, at or 724-625-1636, ext. 116.

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