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Dorrie S
Perrysville Ave
(Observatory Hill)
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the project

COVID-19 has become an unknown and unimaginable intrusion on us all.  We never forecasted this virus and how quickly it would disassemble all that we've worked diligently to achieve thus far.  Yet, as we begin to navigate through this pandemic, learning to embrace and respect the new normal, and being responsive to the COVID protocols. We now have a unique opportunity to rebuild and continue to succeed in our mission.  Our continued work will enable us to keep the spirits of our businesses and residents up in these challenging times.  We'll work on ways to engage residents with us, so they can also play a contributing part in keeping their community strong.

But we can not do this alone.  With your donation, you are helping us to rebuild more vital business corridors, enabling growth in those communities and residents. Most importantly, bringing the resident back out safely after a long pandemic hibernation period.  It's time for us to live again.

Our events bring our residents, their families, friends, and many others out for an enjoyable time.  

Here's a brief list and links of some of our annual events, which are totally FREE to the public:

  • Heritage Day Festival - This event is held during the summer in beautiful Riverview Park located in Observatory Hill.  It's a day of family fun and an opportunity to learn about our rich Northside heritage.  The event features such vendors as The National Aviary, Pittsburgh Zoo, Carnegie Science Center, The Roving Art Cart and so much more, including a free picnic-style lunch for everyone,  To preview the event, click on the link: 
  • Celebration of Lights - Annual Christmas event, filled with craft activities for children, gift bags for every child from Santa himself, caroling, free hot dogs. hot chocolate and we end the evening with Santa lighting the Christmas Tree. To preview the event, click on the link:
  • Community Flea Markets - Our best deals are in our backyards, and the residents enjoy shopping at the flea markets to find great deals or just to come to hang out with neighbors.
  • The 5 PM Group Holistic Community Garden - Our newest project and event space. Here you can cultivate food, cultivate your body and mind through mindfulness and meditation.  The garden offers educational classes to promote healthier lifestyles, growing vegetation, trail walking, and yoga.  The garden provides something for everyone including children.
  • Upcoming: Fall Festival - New to our event list, this festival offers a fun day in Riverview Park where food is front and center.  Here you can sign up for a pie-eating contest with apple and pumpkin pies. Showcase your cooking talents by signing up for the best harvest dish contest. The day also includes Vertical Apple Bobbing with apples tied on a string hanging from the ceiling, potatoes sack races, hayrides, and much more fun.

the steps

  • Events this year
  • Capacity development
  • Rebuilding our volunteer base
  • Development Strategies with our communities and government partners

why we're doing it

The 5 Points Business District aka 5 Points Merchants Group (5 PM Group)was formed in 2017.  The organization consists of the business owners and two residential representatives of Observatory Hill.  With empty and boarded-up storefronts in our business corridor, the group focus was to change its negative perception of Observatory Hill becoming a community on the decline by bringing back vitality to the business corridor. In 2018, we officially became a 501c3 non-profit.  The organization decided to broaden its mission and focus and reach out to their bordering communities facing the same issues with their business corridors. We started planning sessions on how we could become the organizational business hub and include those communities as a part of The Five Points Merchants Group when COVID-19 brought those plans to a halt and our non-profit to its knees.We've lost most of our members and volunteers, and we are also in jeopardy of losing contracts since it was challenging to meet timelines due to the pandemic.  We now are faced with an uncertain future.  We are in dire need of funding to continue with our mission and build capacity in order for us to continue serving our businesses and our residents.  The 5 Points Merchants Group stages many annual community events that give our business owners an avenue to showcase their companies and it draws attention to new businesses. 


Disbursed budget 11/15/201:

TOTAL RAISED = $4,000.00
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) N/A
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $72.72


Original budget:

  • Events
  • Rebuilding Volunteer Base
  • Development Strategies with community and government partners
  • Providing events to engage our community residents and our business community under a new normal


ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) N/A
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)
(Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)
Donation processing fees apply to donations only. 100% of match funding goes to projects. Please note, fees are estimated here and final numbers may change based on the final amount raised and amount of match funding applied to this campaign.  


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