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Mon Yough Area Chamber of Commerce this month made gifts totalling $3,500 to McKeesport-based Mon Yough Community Services.
Maury Burgwin, executive director of the chamber, said that the initiative of MYCS Director of Development Nancy Shelton "made the gifts possible."
Following Shelton's lead, Burgwin said, MYCS employees have volunteered their time throughout the year to work at chamber events, including a benefit auction.
"I can't tell you how proud we've been to partner with MYCS," he said.
MYCS provides counseling and treatment of mental health problems and drug and alcohol addictions, as well as services for people with developmental difficulties. The chamber's women's committee voted to make the gift to MYCS, which includes money raised throughout the year by 50/50 raffles, Burgwin said.
"We're just overwhelmed by the gift," said Shelton, who also serves on the chamber's board of directors. "We've been a member of the chamber for a while and we've gotten to know Maury quite well. It's been a really nice partnership."
During a holiday luncheon at Youghiogheny Country Club in Elizabeth Twp., the gifts were presented to Shelton --- in classic "giant check" format --- by Burgwin along with Stephanie Scanlon, Susy Coughenour and Andrea Zober, who help to organize the chamber's women's networking luncheons.
Meanwhile, MYCS and other local non-profits will benefit next year from an all-day food and music festival called "Mon Valley Sizzles." The event was announced by the chamber this month.
To be held Sept. 16 at the Carrie Furnaces national historic site in Rankin, "Mon Valley Sizzles" will include food from local restaurants and a music line-up that is tentatively scheduled to include the Bastard Bearded Irishmen, The Gathering Field, the Billy Price Band and House of Soul.
Proceeds will benefit MYCS, the Best of the Batch Foundation, Carnegie Library of Homestead, McKeesport Hospital Foundation, Mifflin Twp. Historical Society, Rainbow Kitchen in Homestead and the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area, which manages the Carrie Furnaces. "We really think this is unique to the philanthropic business model," Burgwin said.
Sponsors for the event are currently being solicited, Burgwin said. For more information, call the chamber at (412) 678-2450 or visit the website at www.monyoughchamber.com.
Originally published December 29, 2016.