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Mittens & Mingles, a South Side success


The South Side Chamber of Commerce Mitten Tree

The South Side Chamber of Commerce kicked off the holiday season on South Side with its Mittens & Mingles event on December 1 at Clear Story Studio. About 150 guests mi ngled and enjoyed the festive gathering, the chamber's fifth annual holiday fundraiser.

UPMC supported the holiday mingle as the presenting sponsor. Additional chamber members and South Side businesses made financial and specialty raffle donations to produce the event and support the South Side Welcome Center and The Brashear Association.

Clear Story Studio was decorated with holiday lights and garland and featured a "mittens tree" adorned with numerous decorative mitten cards. The cards included the names of those who donated $5 per mitten to raise funds for The Brashear Association's holiday family programs and activities. With these earmarked funds, the chamber purchased an abundance of toys and Giant Eagle gift cards for The Brashear Association's distribution to South Pittsburgh families in need.

South Side restaurants Acacia, Carmella's, Doublewide Grill, Stagioni, Steel Cactus, and Urban Tap each donated signature drinks which were featured and matched with hors d'oeuvres pairings created by Chef Amanda Sougouna of Le Petit Chocolat. Local celebrity bartenders served the signature drinks and pairings. Frank B. Fuhrer Wholesale Company donated a generous amount of beer.

South Side businesses provided gift baskets filled with South Side and specialty gifts. Three Rivers Vintage donated elegant vintage holiday apparel for the event drawings and dressed some of the guests in fabulous vintage holiday attire.

Scott Johnson of Three Rivers Vintage sported a handsome Zoot Suit and emceed the holiday raffle which offered an array of gifts and surprises for guests. The Carson Street Stroll gift basket featured a night's stay at the beautiful Morning Glory Inn and a $100 gift card for Carmella's, along with a number of other surprises.

Chamber board member David Jason provided D and P Valet Services and donated $5 for every car valet parked.

Chamber board members Nina Krietemeyer (Ceoterra) and Yvonne Phillips (Feng Shui Business Coach) co-chaired Mittens & Mingles. Chamber board members Chuck Reese (Dollar Bank) Rebecca Juneau (Copies at Carson), Scott Johnson (Three Rivers Vintage), Randy Recker (Delanie's Coffee), Liz Heidenreich (South Side Smart Streets Committee) and Candice Gonzalez (Chamber executive director) served on the event committee.

"It was a great party that raised funds for the benefit of the South Side community," Ms. Gonzalez said.


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