Thanks for Making Our Party in the Park Fundraiser a Success!

Posted Aug 30, 2022, by Alex Downing

recap of details of the Fall Fundraiser

On Saturday, August 20th, CCJ hosted our annual Party in the Park Fundraiser in the Stone Pavilion at Washington Park. The event raises funds to support CCJ’s mission of educating, empowering, and organizing coalfield residents around environmental and economic issues. This was our first time holding the event in-person since 2019, but our community came together to celebrate like never before.

Over 80 residents attended the fundraiser, including both familiar faces and first-time visitors. They enjoyed food prepared by CCJ staff and their families and beverages from Canonsburg’s own Rusty Gold Brewing and Washington Winery. Folk and Americana music by regional band Smokestack Lighting echoed through the pavilion all night long, as guests mingled with CCJ board members and staff. CCJ Executive Director Veronica Coptis and Campaign Director Sarah Martik gave updates on the organization’s growth and successes over the past 3 years.

The event also featured a raffle and silent auction offering 40 items and baskets donated by over 35 local artists, businesses, and individuals. Some prizes that were won throughout the evening included fresh produce from local farms, handmade pottery and wood art, free yoga classes and guitar lessons, and a pair of vacation stays in West Virginia and South Carolina.

In all, the event raised $5,375! We greatly appreciate every single person who attended the event, donated tickets, or made a virtual contribution. Without the support of our community members, CCJ couldn’t continue to fight for our region and its people, so from the bottom of our hearts, we thank you all for this special night. If you weren’t able to attend the event but would like to become a member to help sustain our work, click here.

See all the photos from the event at our Flickr page.




  • Alex Downing

    Alex Downing is the Communications Associate for CCJ. He was previously our Outreach Fellow. He manages all of our social media and writes our monthly newsletter, the Coalfield Review. Alex was born and raised in Pittsburgh's north suburbs and learned about the importance of nature and conservation at a young age through his father and grandfather’s involvement with preserving parks and hiking trails in the area. He has a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and Strategic Communications from American University and a master’s degree in Environmental Studies from Point Park University. Outside of work, he enjoys kayaking, watching movies, and rooting for the Steelers, Penguins, and Pirates. Contact Alex at alex@centerforcoalfieldjustice.org.

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