Mon Valley Alliance Foundation donates $5,000 in area restaurant gift cards to local first responders.

Left to Right: West Brownsville Fire Dept Chief Todd King, Daphne and MVA Office Manager Kelly Jo Ellin

Charleroi, PA, March 23rd, 2021 – The Mon Valley Alliance Foundation recently received a $5,000 donation from the N. David and Janet M. Campbell Family Foundation to support local restaurants and community first responders.

The funds were used to purchase 250 gift cards from multiple, locally owned, Mon Valley restaurants and were disbursed to local police and fire departments as an expression of gratitude for their service and dedication to our local communities.

Brownsville Police Chief Jablonsky – MVA Office Manager Kelly Jo Ellin

“We are pleased to be able to show our support for the tireless work of our local first responders while also supporting many of the locally owned and operated restaurants in the Mon Valley.” said Ben Brown, CEO of the Mon Valley Alliance Foundation. “Given the difficulties of the past year for local restaurants and the additional demands on our first responders, we developed the gift card program to maximize the benefits of the donation.”

Fallowfield Twp Fire Dept Hayden Roberts  Captain Josh Payne and MVA Office Manager Kelly Jo Ellin

The fourteen communities that comprise the Mid-Mon Valley Regional Enterprise Zone, https://www.monvalleyalliance.org/services/regional-enterprise-zone/, (Allenport, Belle Vernon, Brownsville, Carroll, Charleroi, Donora, Dunlevy, Fallowfield, Monessen, Monongahela, North Belle Vernon, Speers, West Brownsville, West Newton) were selected to distribute the restaurant gift cards to police and firefighters.

Charleroi Fire Department Matt Prentice, Chief Robert Whiten Jr. and MVA Office Manager Kelly Jo Ellin

“As we all work to emerge from the difficulties of the pandemic, it is more important than ever that we engage locally, supporting our communities, small businesses and neighbors. As the economic and community development provider for the Mid Mon Valley, we want to lead the way in showing our support and dedication to our Region and encourage others to do the same”, said Brown.