Harrigan's Cafe & Wine Deck to host 'Dine For Johnstown' fundraiser

Jan. 18—JOHNSTOWN, Pa. — Grab a bite to eat and support a good cause.

Harrigan's Cafe & Wine Deck, 250 Market St., downtown Johnstown, will host its "Dine For Johnstown" fundraiser from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, and 50% of food sales from that day will be donated to Taunia Oechslin Girls Night Out.

"With the new ownership of the hotel, we wanted to figure out a way to let the community know that we're still here and care about the community and we want to do our part to support the community," said Jonathan DeSantis, Harrigan's Cafe & Wine Deck's food and beverage supervisor. "We decided to create an initiative where we can have people join us, see what we're all about and try our food, while at the same time give back directly to the city of Johnstown."

Taunia Oechslin Girls Night Out raises funds to benefit the Joyce Murtha Breast Care Center in Windber.

Funds ensure that the facility has cutting-edge equipment for the detection and treatment of breast cancer and that it can provide free mammograms, genetic testing and other services to uninsured and underinsured women through the Pink Ribbon Care Fund.

"We had worked previously with Taunia Oechslin Girls Night Out when we used to host the event as the management company for the Frank J. Pasquerilla Conference Center, but even under different ownership, we still wanted to give to their organization," DeSantis said.

"My mother is a breast cancer survivor and I'm a cancer survivor, so on a personal level, being able to donate to cancer research is important to me."

The breakfast, lunch and dinner menus will be available.

"People will be able to see our new menu and learn about our new chef and at the same time feel good about what they're supporting," DeSantis said.

Bob Bretz will provide entertainment from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Time Zone from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Reservations are recommended.

The plan is to offer "Dine For Johnstown" events a couple times throughout the year to benefit area nonprofits.

"Nonprofit organizations spearhead the goal of improving overall quality of life for our area, from advancing the arts to caring for the interests of those in need," DeSantis said. "By lending financial support to those working tirelessly to improve our community, we feel we help revitalize Johnstown, not only in appearance, but by investing in the people that make it so special."

Interested nonprofits wanting to partner for an upcoming event can call 814-361-2620.

"Such great efforts are being made to revitalize the city of Johnstown, and as an established landmark in the downtown area, we want to support our community in the same way that the community has generously supported us over the past several decades," DeSantis said.