Volunteers at 2018 Thanksgiving Food Drive bagging event

This holiday season EPX is partnering with United Communities to raise funds and collect donations for a toy drive for local South Philadelphia children. This #givingTuesday please support EPX’s charitable drive to raise money and accept donations of new toys for kids 0-18. Although toys of all age ranges will be gratefully appreciated, older children are often overlooked in holiday toy drives, and teens are much more aware of what they have or do not compared to their peers than an infant or toddler. Consider donating a teen-specific gift to our drive, or a monetary donation to allow us to buy age-appropriate and appreciated gifts for kids in our neighborhood.

We are collecting new gifts and toys at the East Passyunk Crossing Civic center, located at 1025 Mifflin. Some suggested items include:

  • Sports equipment: basketballs, soccer balls, baseballs and gloves, footballs, tennis rackets, tennis balls
  • Art supplies: Colored pencils, paint, brushes, sketch pads
  • Games: board games, card games, collectable cards
  • Journals: a blank journal or one with daily prompts
  • Movie passes and gift cards
  • Backpacks
  • Jewelry and purses
  • Beauty items: make-up, lotion, nail polish, perfume
  • Hats and scarves

There are more ways to contribute! Join us on Saturday December 14th from 10:30am-1pm for a wrapping party at the East Passyunk Community Center, 1025 Mifflin St. We will be wrapping and labeling contents of the donated and purchased gifts for easy distribution of United Communities to our neighbors in need.

Thank you for your generous contribution to our neighbors in need this holiday season.

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This Sunday, March 31st, 2019, from 4-6pm at Ss. Neumann and Goretti High School (1736 S 10th St), the 2019 Red Gravy Cook-off is finally here! Adult tickets are only $20 and children 12 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.

2018 Red Gravy Cookoff

Those who are 21+ get a sample from Chaddsford Winery with additional glasses and bottles available for purchase. Vote for crowd favorite and our local judges Larry Farnese, Elizabeth Fiedler, Mark Squilla, and Mama Maria will pick their favorite. Buy your tickets now.

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Calling all volunteers! Are you a resident of EPX and looking for a way to get involved, besides buying a ticket? We need your help to make this popular event a success!  It will take a lot of hands pitching in to set up the space from the serving line to the tables, and then volunteers to serve gravy, sell tickets, bus and clean, and finally break it all down. Sign up here to let us know how you can help day of. 

We’re also accepting donations of baked goods. We’re happy to have a donation of a tray your favorite local pastry shop cookies or a pan of homemade brownies. Fill out this form to let us know what kind of sweet treat you plan to bring to the event

Some of the 2018 Dessert Offerings donated by neighbors

Taking place Sunday, March 31st, 2019, from 4-6pm at Ss. Neumann and Goretti High School (1736 S 10th St, Philadelphia, PA 19148), adult tickets are only $20. Children 12 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.

Tickets

Taking place Sunday, March 31st, 2019, from 4-6pm at Ss. Neumann and Goretti High School (1736 S 10th St, Philadelphia, PA 19148), a $20 ticket gets you entry to this popular local event celebrating the Italian heritage of the neighborhood.

Featuring 10 homemade gravies from local home cooks, the price of admission features samples of each competing sauce as well as a full serving of your choice over macaroni cooked by Mama Maria herself, as well as vegan meatballs from Triangle Tavern.

Visitors will also get complimentary bread, salad, beverages, coffee and desert, all while enjoying musical entertainment. Libations will be available for purchase, as well as 50/50 raffle tickets. Sample all the gravies and then vote for the Crowd Favorite, and local figures including Mama Maria, Larry Farnese, Elizabeth Fiedler, and Mark Squilla will award the Judges Choice.

Children 12 and under are free. Buy your tickets today before they sell out!

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The 2018 Red Gravy Cook-Off samples

It’s finally back! The very popular EPX Red Gravy Cook-Off is now accepting entrants for the 2019 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, March 31st, 2019, from 4-6pm at Ss. Neumann and Goretti High School, 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 red sauce that is either vegetarian, meat, or seafood. Only ten entrants will be accepted; please register here.

Last year #2018RedGravyCookoff winner Laura Valenti took home BOTH Judge’s Choice and Crowd Favorite and the accompanying cash prizes.

Help us provide 25 local families with a Thanksgiving Dinner

Councilman Mark Squilla’s office has generously donated 25 turkeys to help launch our campaign to provide 25 local families with a Thanksgiving dinner. We’re committed to raising $800 over the next few days to so that the families have a complete meal. Please consider donating towards our cause – any amount will help!

Each family will receive a full meal including, turkey, gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, shell pasta and cheese, string beans, peas, corn, candied yams, corn, cranberry sauce, apple sauce, desserts and more.

Please note that we are raising funds to purchase the items rather than asking for canned-good donations.

Every contribution counts. Please consider donating today.

EPX will be assembling the bagged meals Tuesday, November 20 from 6:00pm-7:30pm at the East Passyunk Community Center. We will be distributing the bagged meals to confirmed families from 7:30pm-9pm at the East Passyunk Community Center.

If you’re interested in volunteering in any capacity, or if you have a friend or neighbor struggling this season who could benefit from a Thanksgiving meal, please reach out to contact@epcrossing.org.

Thank you so much!