The East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association (“EPX”) is outraged and saddened by the killings of Black and other people of color taking place across the country.  The murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, among many others, further evidence the systemic, institutionalized, and targeted racism that is deeply rooted in our country.  We have been here before; these losses are recent reminders of the long history of racism, injustice, and discrimination in the United States.

EPX stands united with the Black community.  Our mission is to provide an easily accessible forum for all residents of the East Passyunk neighborhood to openly discuss, develop, and implement plans of action to provide innovative growth in the neighborhood while maintaining its history and character.  We cannot meet our mission in our community without affirming that Black Lives Matter.  

As we look forward to resuming in-person meetings, we are committed to strengthening efforts to diversify the attendance at EPX meetings and our community events, and within our leadership team. We will focus on holding meetings that encourage open dialogue, expanding the resources we share to further engage with our community, and diversifying our community partnerships with institutions, businesses, and organizations throughout East Passyunk Crossing. If you are interested in working with our volunteer organization on further developing and attaining these goals, please email

EPX funds supported front line workers and local businesses

In these strange times, many of us feel adrift and aren’t quite sure what to do to help others. In the first few weeks of the coronavirus, EPX donated breakfast and lunch to frontline healthcare workers at Methodist hospital and it was tremendously satisfying to know we were making a difference in a long and stressful day. We’d like to do it again and we need your help!

Please consider donating towards our cause – any amount will help! We will be using a local business to send our healthcare workers meals, so we are both providing support to our restaurants and to our broader community. EPX is a non-profit, and we are dedicated to serving our community. EPX will match up to $250 of the funds raised.

Due to current health concerns regarding the novel coronavirus covid-19 the #2020RedGravyCookoff is postponed until large gatherings are permitted again. We hope to be able to announce a fall date. Keep practicing your red gravy recipes, home cooks, and we will let you know when we are able to host this event.

Adult tickets are only $20 and children 10 and under are free. Admission will get you samples of each 10 competing sauces, as well as a full serving of the gravy of your choice over macaroni cooked by Mama Maria herself, as well as vegan meatballs from Triangle Tavern. You will also get complimentary bread from New York Bakery, salad, beverages, cold-brew coffee from Rival Brothers, and a homemade dessert buffet. Those who are 21+ get a sample from Chaddsford Winery with additional glasses and bottles available for purchase.


It’s finally back! The very popular EPX Red Gravy Cook-Off is now accepting entrants for the 2020 competition. You could be one of ten contestants to compete for the chance of taking home one of two prizes – Crowd Favorite or Judge’s Choice.

Taking place Sunday, April 19, 2020, from 4-6pm at Ss. Neumann and Goretti High School 1736 S 10th St, this event is a chance for residents to celebrate the heritage and traditions of the neighborhood. Be part of the action by entering to submit your homemade gravy to be judged and enjoyed by all.  

To enter, you will need to prepare approximately 3 gallons of homemade sauce that is either vegetarian, meat, or seafood, as well as indicate any allergens, and deliver your submission on the day of. If you are interested in competing with a homemade gravy  please register here. 

CJ Volk winner of both 🏆Judges Choice AND Crowd Favorite at the #2019RedGravyCookoff 🍝 

We also need neighbors who are willing to donate to our dessert table. If you are interested in providing a donation of a small-bite dessert, either homemade or store-bought please commit via this form.

Look for ticket and volunteer information soon.

Seasonal Giving

Thanks to your generous donations we were able to raise over $1,000 and purchase gifts for teens to be distributed by United Communities Southeast Philadelphia. Thank you as well to the fifteen volunteers who showed up to wrap the gifts! You all made a real impact in our community. EPX is a non-profit 501c3 charitable organization, and you can donate at any time to our general fund


If you are interested in helping EPX, we are looking for volunteers to work our upcoming Saturday January 4th Treecycling event at Capitolo. Note the new location as Columbus is under construction. Sign up for a half hour shift here, or contact us directly. All are welcome – this is a very fun neighborhood event (See the Instagram post from previous year.)

If you are bringing a tree to be shredded, there is a suggested donation of $5. More information about the event can be found on the Facebook event.


Zoning meetings are moving to a new date – from now on meetings will be held on the second Monday of the month, still at 7pm in the great room at the East Passyunk Community Center. The next meeting will be Monday January 13th. There will be a presentation to provide an overall update on the BOK building and to discuss future projects, including: Auditorium Renovation, Events Space – Cafeteria 6th Floor, Girls Gym, and 6/7 Floors. We highly encourage you to attend to both learn more about the current plans, and to ask any questions / voice any concerns you may have.

General Membership Meeting

See you at our General Membership meeting Monday January 6th. The agenda will include Gaby Raczka, Engagement Manager at Philly Counts. 

Have a safe and happy New Year!