Feed the Need's "Sip, Rock and Duck Drop" Event

SVDP Johnstown Family Kitchen Annual Fundraising Event

September 17, 2022

The annual fundraising event will be held on Saturday, September 24 at People’s Natural Gas Park in Johnstown, PA starting at 3 p.m. and will include LIVE musical entertainment performances by local area and Pittsburgh musicians, featuring The Billy Price Band, Jeff Webb and the Delectable Sound and Soulful Femme. “These talented high energy bands will rock PNG park and downtown Johnstown.” said Kristi Democko, SVDP advisory committee member and event entertainment coordinator.

4:00-5:30 P.M.- Jeff Webb and the Delectable Sound

6:00-7:30 P.M- Soulful Femme

8:30-10:00 P.M- Billy Price

The fun filled event will also include: A NEW Duck Target Drop Raffle, Tethered RE/MAX hot air balloon rides for donations to benefit the kitchen (weather permitting), baskets of chance, 50/50 Drawings, several of the area’s finest Food trucks featuring tasty treats, two (2) cash bars, Celebrity “Fun” Raisers Zone, local business & nonprofit vendors, Duckling Zone kids’ area .

Admission to the event is $15 and tickets can be purchased online at or in person at the Heritage Discovery Center on Broad Street in Johnstown. Free admission to children 12 and under when accompanied by an adult (s). Advanced ticket purchase is highly suggested. Tickets will be available at the event as well for your convenience. “We are extremely grateful to our sponsors, attendees, donors, celebrity FUNdraisers, volunteers, and many others. Without them this event would not be possible. Our advisory board has done a great job bringing this event to fruition, there are so many details- true team effort. The 2022 advisory board members include Megan Foster, Eileen Graham, Kathy Morrell, Kristi Democko, Jancelyn Kasper, Rashaun Puryear, Don Tedejeske and Michelle Schneck. 

"We are looking forward to a large crowd while having a fun filled day of raising money to feed our local people in need.” said Greg Karcher, Johnstown Family Kitchen Manager. “Our goal for 2022 is to raise $50,000 for a new roof for the soup kitchen facility. The soup kitchen’s roof, which was installed in 1990, currently has a ‘D’ rating in terms of viability (or 2-4 years of service life remaining) with one portion evaluated with an ‘F’ rating (1 year service life) to continue to feed those in need. We are asking for sponsorships from local businesses and individuals, to help our Sip, Rock, and Duck Drop Fundraiser reach our goal of raising $50,000. The Johnstown Family Kitchen is a concern of Food for Families, Inc. a subsidiary of the Society of St. Vincent dePaul. The Family Kitchen is located at 231 Bedford Street in Johnstown PA. The Family Kitchen established in 1994, is primarily an all-volunteer operation, supported by churches, groups, businesses and people who give food, money, and time. The Family Kitchen operates daily serving a hot lunchtime meal to any in need, no questions asked.” said Eileen Graham, Event Co-Chair.

“Sip, Rock, and Duck Drop is a great opportunity for us to raise much needed funds. It will be a fun and enjoyable day for the whole family that will feature music, food and a variety of other activities while knowing that 100% of your donations will stay local. Every dollar raised goes directly to facility needs, food purchases, equipment and facility upgrades to feed our local community members that are in a difficult life situation. The Johnstown Soup Kitchen serves on average 150 meals a day at no charge to individuals in need. The cost for providing this much-needed service is over $150,000 annually; or around $4.00 a meal. We can only achieve this goal with the assistance from generous businesses and individuals. Without these donations, serving those in need in our area would be impossible.” said Megan Foster, Event Co-Chair.

For additional information regarding sponsorship, donations or event tickets, please contact Eileen Graham at 814.241.9004 or Megan Foster at 814.241.3218 or visit

Food For Families, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, donations to which are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law. The official registration and financial information of Food for Families, Inc. may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free within Pennsylvania; 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.