About The 500 Donner Project
The 500 Donner Project is a grassroots initiative, started in August 2015, by 25-year-old, 4th generation Monessenite, Matt Shorraw. The goal of the project is to acquire the property at 500 Donner Avenue, which is owned by the City of Monessen. Following acquisition, collaboration will be made with non-profit organizations, to begin grant-writing for private foundation funds to restore the building. The 500 Donner Project will create its own non-profit, and create a cafe, music center, and auditorium, in the 3-story stone and steel-framed building.
The music center will be geared toward at-risk youth, in and around the Pittsburgh region, with a main focus on Monessen and the Mid-Mon Valley. The music center will be open for all, as well as the cafe. The auditorium will host events - public and private, fundraisers, concerts, and recitals.
Read about the building's history, here.