September proved to be a banner month for South Fayette Township in terms of bringing in money to benefit the community.

The municipality was awarded a $25,000 grant from T-Mobile toward improvements at Fairview Park – including pavilions, walking paths, a dog park and splash pad – as part of the redevelopment of the former Mayview State Hospital site.

A Sept. 30 Beer for Books benefit for South Fayette Township Library raised $9,000 to support programs and services, marking the best year ever for the annual event, which returned to Helicon Brewing in Oakdale for 2021.

T-Mobile announced South Fayette is one of the 25 communities in the initial round of recipients for the cellphone carrier’s Hometown Grants program.

“These funds will be used towards the construction of new baseball fields in Fairview Park which will provide recreational opportunities for years to come,” Gwen Rodi, president of the South Fayette Township Board of Commissioners, said. “Thank you to T-Mobile for choosing to invest in the South Fayette community.”

Beer for Books was held during Allegheny County’s Love Your Library Month, with a portion of all donations matched by the Jack Buncher Foundation.

“This year, the library raised over $19,000 to be matched, confirming how important the library is to the community,” said Leslie Riker, fundraising and community development coordinator for the institution.

Hosting the event was Helicon owner Chris Brunetti, a South Fayette resident and supporter of the library. Featured were local food trucks and a performance by the Dave Iglar Band on Oakdale Borough’s stage, which was donated for the evening.

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Staff writer Harry Funk, a professional journalist for three-plus decades, has been on the staff of The Almanac since 2015. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and master of business administration, both from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

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