Focus On Renewal’s 46th Anniversary Gala set for October 3, 2015

McKees Rocks, Pa. (September 29, 2015) – On Saturday, October 3, Focus On Renewal (FOR) will celebrate its 46th anniversary with a special event at the Father Ryan Arts Center, 420 Chartiers Avenue, McKees Rocks.

Fr. Don Fisher, Co-Founder of FOR, will be honored for the profound impact he has had on the Sto-Rox community. Honorary chairman is Fr. Regis Ryan, executive director of the Sto-Rox Family Health Center. Corporate chairman is Charles Peterson, First Niagara community development officer.

Sr. Sarah Crotty, FOR associate director, said, “Fr. Don Fisher continues to serve all people in his adopted neighborhood of Sto-Rox. After founding Focus On Renewal, he was missioned in Africa and has now come full circle returning as our resident potter at the Father Ryan Arts Center. Fr. Don is a true priest for the people and we want to honor his faithful service.”

The gala will begin at 6 p.m. with a $125.00 VIP reception. The theme is “A Taste of Sto-Rox” and will feature homestyle favorites, such as pierogies, haluski, ravioli, chicken and more.

The main celebration will begin at 7:30 p.m. To commemorate FOR’s 46th year, individual tickets are only $46.00. A slide show honoring Fr. Don will be held in the Baverso Theater, with a silent auction in the Art Gallery.

Proceeds will benefit Focus On Renewal programs. Sponsors of this fundraiser are First Niagara Bank, Ohio Valley Hospital, Highmark, FedEx Ground, UPMC Health Plan, PNC Bank,

TriState Capital, BNY Mellon and the Sisters of St. Joseph at Baden.

For additional information, please contact Chris Crytzer at or 412-331-1685 x 305.


Focus on Renewal (FOR) is a non-profit human service agency that has served the McKees Rocks community for more than 46 years. The agency’s mission is to empower the development of spirit, mind and body of individuals so they may live their lives in a dignified and fully human way. Focus On Renewal services include a community center, food pantry, free daily lunch for those in need, workforce readiness, early Head Start and family support programs, the FOR Sto-Rox Library and the Father Ryan Arts Center. (