Night of Dancing at O’Brien’s Public House Kicks Off Fundraising for Nonprofit Focused on Cooperative and Social Enterprise Development
| 43 THIRD ST | TROY, NEW YORK
Cover Charge: $10 donation to the Margination Project. All ages welcome.
Margination, a network of businesses and training programs headquartered in North Troy, is celebrating the launch of its first capital campaign with a night of revelry, music and dancing at O’Brien’s Public House. The launch is the official after-party of September’s Troy Night Out (TNO), downtown’s popular monthly cultural and arts event. The event begins at , and will include an impressive roster of DJs and performers to be announced.
Margination supports a network of business owners dedicated to creating jobs and building community in struggling neighborhoods. Since locating in North Troy last winter, the Margination team has built two businesses -- a renovation business called Papi & Daughters and a creative agency called Hypergeist-- that will provide training and job opportunities in partnership with the Margination nonprofit.
Now, Margination is raising money for the next phase of the project: a multi-function commercial building that will supply under-served residents of North Troy with the tools to create their own productive business opportunities. This Social Enterprise Hub will provide shared facilities for businesses in the trades, digital media, and the culinary arts.The project will be a national demonstration of how entrepreneurs can share resources and cooperate in order to lower costs, build capacity and maximize social impact.
“What Margination has accomplished this year, with no outside money, is proof of what can be accomplished when people with diverse skills work together” said Georgia Julius, a member of Margination and a founder of Papi & Daughters. “This launch for our national campaign is another example of what we’re advocating for here in Troy. When local businesses and organizations help each other out, everyone benefits. If we’re going to revitalize this town, we’re going to have to work together.”
The evenings festivities are being supported by the Downtown Troy Business Improvement District (BID), organizers of TNO. Once a TNO mainstay, the After-Party has been absent in 2014. “It's great to see the TNO after party resurrected, it's been missed,” said BID Director Erin Pihlaja. “It's also encouraging to see a group move into Troy and want to be a part of downtown. O'Brien's is the perfect place for neighborhood and community groups to unite.”
Owned by Troy native Terry O’Brien, O’Brien’s Public House relocated from Lansingburgh to the historic Trojan Hotel building last year, rescuing it from over a decade of vacancy. “I grew up in Lansingburgh and I’ll always be a ‘Burgher at heart,” O’Brien said. “I love what Margination is doing and I’m so happy to be able to support the community I grew up in.” A late night menu will be available for party attendees including the standard drink offerings. O’Brien’s is donating its venue and a portion of the night’s food and drink proceeds to Margination's fundraising campaign.
A $10 Cover Charge will get you into the event. All proceeds benefit Margination.
Promotional and production support is being provided by HYPERGEIST and 2440 DESIGN STUDIO.