Sunday March 15, 2020

Dear Friend of our Foundation:

In light of what’s happening around our country (and in the abundance of caution), we have decided to postpone Peace, Love & Emma until a date later this year. Even though it would be so joyful to come together, we feel that it’s the right thing to do.

We are working with Jergel’s to identify another date, likely sometime this summer to ensure we don’t have to postpone again. Stay tuned for an update when we have it.

In these very interesting and unprecedented times, we feel our 2020 plan to encourage each of us to “BE the Love, BE the Light” is so very fitting. What we are experiencing is obviously concerning, but also an opportunity for us to continue to demonstrate the love that we all have in our hearts.

As we approach this coming weekend, we ask that you remember those around you that may be struggling – either because their jobs are at risk, or their restaurant is being impacted or they are elderly and more concerned than others. Remember what we are experiencing may impact each of us differently, some may need a bit more love and light to get through it.

As we calm from this past week and move to a new (and hopefully short lived) social reality – try to allow your inner LOVE to shine. If you are able, consider take-out from a local small restaurant that may not have the might to endure these times. If you are going shopping, check-in with an elderly friend/neighbor to see if you can help shop for them. If you find someone struggling, consider offering your support.

BE the Love, BE the Light

We wish you all safety and good health as we ride out this storm, we are confident that this is a short-term speed bump in our lives.

Much Love to you all - and remember that You Are Our Foundation!


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We hope you can join us on Sunday, March 22nd at Jergel's Rhythm Grille in Warrendale, PA - it will be our 6th annual fundraiser at this great location and we're so excited for the day.

If you can't make it but still want to support our efforts, you have a few options:

1) Buy raffle tickets for the terrific baskets that we're offering - our volunteers will reach out to you by email and will 'deposit' tickets into one or more of the baskets that we'll have available on the day. You can help support our efforts and maybe win a great prize! There's a Basket Raffle Ticket option available at our ticket site - HERE

2) You can support us financially by making a tax-deductible donation to our foundation via PayPal - just visit our donation site Donate Here

We're working on the list of performers, stop back again to check-in!

Dan Burda -- The singing stylist from Studio Raw will once again take the stage to delight us all!
Corned Beef & Curry Band -- THE premier Pub band from Pittsburgh - known for their high energy and interactive stage shows, playing all genres of music including Celtic/Irish, Classic Rock and hand-clapping, foot-stomping, beer-drinking fun!
Birddog -- Emma's Aunt Laura & Uncle Danny come together musically to create a unique hybrid of sounds and songs all on their own
Emma's Peace Gang Band -- A familiar sound and the best damn way to close out the day!
Because Emma was an aspiring artist, we like to invite local artists and vendors to offer their creations for sale - We hope that this type of exposure will help them grow their business and allow you a chance to pick up a unique gift.

Zachary Rutter -- Maybe you've seen his LOVEly work on the side of a PAT bus, Zachary started the Spread Love Army, which is the movement to help put an end to the war on hate.
Haley Clancy -- With typewriter in hand, Haley can be seen most weekends in the Strip District, she'll be with us at Jergel's to write personalized poems for you.
Rana Ryan -- Rana's shop is about sharing her paintings with you all - most in the form of reasonably priced products - check them out!

Doors Open
all day
Artists will be 'around the club', Music on stage - schedule TBD
Meg Wills
Corned Beef & Curry Band
Welcome - Denise&Mike
Dan Burda
Emma's Peace Gang Band
Raffle winners announced!
Emma's Peace Band Gang will close out the day!

During the day we'll have special video presentations looking back at 2019 and sharing our vision for 2020.

(103 Slade Lane - Warrendale, PA 15086) is graciously hosting our event once again. We'll once again have the complimentary nacho bar and cookie table - and if you're interested in a bigger meal - the full Jergel's menu is available for your individual purchase.

If this will be your first visit to Jergel's, we hope you'll come back and show them how much you appreciate their support of our foundation.

Check out their upcoming shows by clicking here.
This is our 6th Annual Fundraiser and we hope to make it great and raise funds to be the fuel for our foundation's projects. To help us be successful, here's a few things you can do:

1) Come to the event!

Definitely the easiest way to show your support! Tickets can be purchased on-line -
Click Here and come out on Sunday March 22nd anytime between 12 and 5pm.

2) Follow us on FaceBook

You can stay connected with our foundation via Facebook and join us through the year as we work to make a difference. You can Like us and share a link with your friends to help us build our network of supporters.

3) Help us obtain financial sponsorship

The Emma Munson Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and donations are tax-deductible. We have a donation letter available Here that you can take to businesses in your area to ask them so support this effort. Please email with any questions or updates if you are able to find sponsors.

4) Donate to the foundation

If you'd like to help us in our mission to support charitable activity (and spark a youth volunteer movement) you can help us financially by sending your tax deductible donation to us at:

         Emma Munson Foundation, Inc.
         436 Seventh Avenue, 26th Floor
         Pittsburgh, PA 15219

or you can visit our donation site--> Donate Here

All donations will be recognized with a tax receipt along with our thanks!

Emma Munson was a 2013 graduate of the North Allegheny School District who died tragically during her freshman year at the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. Emma was following her passion by studying art in the highly acclaimed VCU Arts program.

To know Emma was to know a true individual. She lived her short life with compassion, acceptance and a true sense of self. She truly lived in the moment, letting life take her where it would.

She was an actress, singer and a talented writer and after painting a mural on her bedroom wall and taking Art classes at North Allegheny realized she found joy in painting, drawing and a true source of happiness in nature photography. She began combining two things she loved...the earth and art to create some beautiful and very personal pieces.

Emma had so many dreams....she wanted to be a farmer and live off the land and be self-sufficient and feed the world. She wanted to hike and explore and learn as much as she could about our beautiful world and the people in it. She wanted to join the Peace Corps and help others. She especially wanted to treat everyone she met with love and respect.

As her family, we have taken her inspirations and formed the Emma Munson Foundation to help others, protect Mother Earth and celebrate the Arts.

In 2014, we formed the Emma Munson Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with a mission to 'promote charitable activity to improve the quality of life.' We hope to spark a youth volunteer movement via Emma's Peace Gang and fund projects aimed at three of Emma's passions - Mother Earth, Mankind and the Arts.

Mother Earth

Mother Earth was such a strong force in Emma's life, she deeply loved the beauty of nature which is evident in most every expression in her life. She was concerned with man's impact on the environment and believed that we can make a positive impact by simple actions like recycling and more basic steps like local and organic farming. She believed in the power of the 'outdoors' and could often be caught 'looking up' to the clouds to see the real beauty in the world...


For her brief number of years, Emma was so mature in her understanding and respect for others in this world. She had an uncanny ability to light up a room when she entered, and was compassionate and confident and never 'followed the crowd'. During her youth, she drew a close group of friends and can be remembered as one of the most 'accepting' people that most will ever meet.

The Arts!

Emma had the voice of an angel and creativity for visual arts which led her to VCU, the #1 Public Art program in the US. During her first year in the Art Foundation program, she was contemplating how to use her love of The Arts to help others, considering a course change to Art Therapy. It was clear from an early age that Visual and Performing arts would part of Emma's life and something that she would like to share with the world.

Can't make it? You can donate here via PayPal