Community helps raise 20K for The Eddy House

Reported by: Madison Corney
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Updated: 4/28/2013 11:37 pm
Reno, NV (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- Local chefs came together to cook up their version of the pot pie and along with community support helped raise $20,000 for The Eddy House.

The Eddy House is a non profit organization that assists foster children who have aged out of the system. While living at The Eddy House each resident must be going to school and also working. Residents are able to work at Z Pie in downtown Reno which is also part of the non profit organization founded by Lynette Eddy.

The Pies with a Purpose fundraiser brought out chefs from Campo, Bowl and Rawr, Beaujolais Bistro, Niko's Greek Kitchen and Homage Bakery.

300 attendees enjoyed live music, food and drinks, all while raising money for The Eddy House and the young men who are so grateful for the help. Max Gonzalez a resident at The Eddy House says, "It's a wonderful experience, all the love I finally got like it's everything I've ever actually wanted.

Max lives in The Eddy Home, works at Z Pie and also attends TMCC where he studies psychology. He says Lynette Eddy, the founder of the project is his inspiration, "Lynette's like just my big spark of sunshine, like she just, she puts color to this world for me."

Governor Brian Sandoval attended the event and says The Eddy house is a great concept, "I think it does a great service in the community and I'm very pleased to be here to support it."

Michael Tragash, the Work Experience Program Manager at Z Pie explained that the home and restaurant provide more than just a place to sleep and work, "They haven't really had that supportive environment before and here they have it in two places so they sort of have an extended family beyond what one could expect."

Founder of the program, Lynette Eddy expressed her astonishment at the support she has received in the last year from the Reno community, "I've had a lot of surprises through this journey and I'm just amazed at the generosity."
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