Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Purposeful Parties Benefit Lots of Groups

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Purposeful Parties Benefit Lots of Groups

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GTECH Strategies, a new but growing nonprofit, can call on its huge network of volunteers and organizations to keep its projects rolling.

Despite that expansive network, GTECH has yet to hold a fundraiser or other event that would increase awareness about the organization.

"For a small organization like GTECH that is new and has a great growth trajectory, it's really difficult to produce an event," said Andrew Butcher, CEO of GTECH.

And that's where PGH Party for a Purpose comes in.

PPP holds four parties a year to benefit a variety of organizations in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. While it typically raises $2,000 to $4,000 per party, the event is worth more than the money, Mr. Butcher said.

"There's an intangible benefit associated with an event outside of the dollars," he said. PPP events tend to draw young professionals who are interested in the environmentally friendly work that GTECH is doing in land reuse and alternative energy. Not only will GTECH raise money at the event, it also will link up with potential volunteers and business partners.

Vanessa Veltre, one of four volunteer co-directors of PPP, said the application process to be a beneficiary of a Party for a Purpose is "pretty competitive."

"GTECH stood out as a beneficiary we wanted to work with from the very beginning," she said.

PPP, now in its fifth year of party planning, chose GTECH because it "attracts that young professional crowd and really has a great deal of energy and creativity," she said.

The party, which will be held Saturday at the Shadow Lounge in East Liberty, will mark GTECH's fourth anniversary as well as the creation of the Social Capital Council, a group of 24 emerging leaders, largely from the private sector, to help fuel innovation in Pittsburgh.

GTECH, based in Larimer, is involved in activities that include planting sunflowers in vacant lots and collecting vegetable oil to be converted into fuel.

And it's all local.

GTECH picks up vegetable oil used in cooking from more than 50 church cafeterias and small restaurants throughout Pittsburgh and its suburbs. It also has two drop-off locations for home cooks to leave their used oil -- Construction Junction in North Point Breeze and Whole Foods in East Liberty. …

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