Thank You for Wigle-ing With Us!

Posted May 11, 2018, by Sarah Martik


Thank you to everyone who came into the city for our Whiskey in the Water fundraiser at Wigle Whiskey! The Center for Coalfield Justice continues to raise funds so that we can invest in leadership development within our communities, continue to address the various environmental justice issues we face, and grow as an organization. 

Wigle Whiskey generously donated about 10% of all proceeds from the evening – including drink, bottle, and merchandise sales – to CCJ through their Bantam Nights program. They do this kind of fundraiser for various groups in the area regularly, and they also host various fun events throughout the summer, so we highly suggest taking a look at their Facebook page to see what’s coming up! Throughout the night, our Board and volunteers sold CCJ merchandise and talked with Wigle patrons about our work. Sweetheart of the Barricades played music for us throughout the night.  Vagabond Taco Truck set up at the event for us so patrons could eat while drinking and being merry. 

With the success of this first Pittsburgh fundraiser, we hope to make this a yearly event, and we hope to see everyone again next time!


  • Sarah Martik

    Sarah joined the CCJ team as a Community Organizer in 2017 after previous work in performing arts and foreign language education, and became our Executive Director in 2023. A resident of Coal Center, PA, she is excited to work on issues related to legacy coal mining and the connection between the Appalachian petrochemical buildout and increases in fracking in southwestern PA communities like hers. She has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and Policy but often says that her undergraduate degree in Theatre from the California University of Pennsylvania has been more useful in her work than anything else (ask her why sometimes!). When she is not working, Sarah loves spending time with her fiancé, niece, and nephews, and going on walks with her "fur kid" Lucy. Contact Sarah at smartik@centerforcoalfieldjustice.org.

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