Crushed Grapes Wine Tasting Event Raises Money for Pittsburgh’s Sisters Place

Sisters Place helped a teenager and his family find accommodation after a fire so he could focus on his studies.

Sisters Place welcomed a homeless mother and her children to provide them with food, shelter and love.

Sisters Place became a place of refuge for a mother and her children fleeing domestic violence.

“I grew up with a single dad and sometimes we needed a helping hand,” said Melissa Ferraro, CEO of Sisters Place. “When you’re in crisis, all you think about is the present. We help people weather the storms.

“The face of homelessness is not what you think.”

Welcoming those in need of a home is Sisters Place’s mission. The organization helps families and individuals overcome poverty and homelessness.

He recently moved to a new home in Mt. Oliver on Brownsville Road.

To support its mission, the organization uses funds raised at events such as Sisters Place’s 20th Annual Crushed Grapes Wine Tasting.

The event will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 3 at Nova Place on the North Side of Pittsburgh.

Courtesy of Sisters Place

The 20th Annual Sisters Place Crushed Grapes Wine Tasting Event will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, March 3 at Nova Place on Pittsburgh’s North Side. Several wineries will be serving samples and a local wine expert will be on hand to help guests navigate the range of wines on display.

Several wineries will be serving samples and a local wine expert will be on hand to help guests navigate the range of wines on display. There will be light bites and appetizers.

Partners include cheese from Pennsylvania Macaroni Co., Eat’n Park Smiley cookies, community blend Commonplace Coffee, beers from Vecenie Distributors, beverages from Arsenal Cider House and wines from PA Market.

Ronni Weiss Music and Cadillac Club Jazz will provide live entertainment.

General admission tickets are $75 and VIP are $125. They can be purchased here.

There will be a silent auction.

People can bid on auction items here starting Friday, February 25.

Event co-chairs Kylie McCracken, of West Mifflin, and Lindsay Haslett, of South Side, said they were happy the event was back in person after taking place virtually last year due to the pandemic. As members of the Friends Board, a group of young professionals passionate about the mission of Sisters Place, they work with the Organization’s Director of Development to produce the Crushed Grapes event.

The Honorary Co-Chair is Fred Cappelli of Pleasant Hills, a longtime supporter of Sisters Place.

“We’ll see people in person again, which will be wonderful,” McCracken said. “We appreciate all of the support from everyone, from the committee to the vendors to the volunteers and attendees who will come to Crushed Grapes Wine Tasting so that Sisters Place can continue to help families in need. What Sisters Place does is so meaningful.

McCracken said people are “zoomed in” and just want to see people in person.

“We are blessed to be back in person,” Haslett said. “We really missed the human interaction.”

They require proof of vaccination against covid-19.

“People love this event,” Ferraro said. “As people are starting to venture out and pick up some of their favorite social activities, we thought it was the perfect time to bring Crushed Grapes back.”

Sisters Place currently helps 27 families through its supportive housing program.

The organization also has Neighbors in Need, a walk-in social services resource Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. where people can connect about resources.

Sisters Place was founded by nuns from 14 local religious communities in 1993.

“All Sisters Place clients have access to supportive counseling and receive help navigating local social service resources,” Ferraro said. “As the pandemic continues, these services are needed more than ever.”

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JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is editor of Tribune-Review. You can contact JoAnne at 724-853-5062, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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