Oakmont Carnegie Library to host tasty fundraiser
Oakmont Carnegie Library's largest annual fundraiser is under new management.
Co-chairs Mimi DiLisio and Kay Forbes have taken over Taste of Two Towns, which has gone on the past six years.
“It's hard to keep fundraisers fresh,” DiLisio said. “We just thought it was time to change things up a little bit and have a new face on it. We have more vendors this year. We've opened both floors so we have more seating, and as a result we're taking walk-ins.”
Activities include live music by Bonnie Myers Toward and Ray Myers of Verona's Western Pennsylvania Center for the Arts, a high school art show, raffles, Chinese and silent auctions. The average basket's value is $150.
Participating eateries include Brr-Kee's Ice Cream, Boulevard Sweet Shoppe, Ephesus Pizza, Gia Visto, Hoffstot's Cafe Monaco, Hulton Liquid Works, Mechanic Coffee Co., Mighty Oak Barrel, Oakmont Bakery, Oakmont Barbecue, Oakmont Deli, Oakmont Elks Lodge, Oakmont Olive Oil Co., Pittsburgh Thai, Rivertowne Inn, Veltre's, What's Cookin at Casey's and Zen.
“We have a lot of ethnic variety among those groups,” DiLisio said. “We're hoping to reach a broader audience, not just Oakmonters. We think this is a great opportunity to sample a lot of local restaurants without having a meal at each one. That's really the fun of it.”
The event raised approximately $10,000 for the library last year with 200 attendees. Organizers hope to increase both.
“We're hoping to create some excitement,” Forbes said. “We consider it a treasure to Oakmont and the surrounding areas. The Oakmont library provides all kinds of enrichment, classes and workshops for adults and children. The library has all kinds of wonderful programs.”
More information about the library and its programs is available by calling 412-828-9532.