Nonprofits

What’s the Big Idea?

Pittsburgh Quarterly invited the heads of the region’s top independent schools to address, in 200 words or less, this question: What is your school’s biggest challenge and how are you addressing it? Scott D. Fech, Head of School, Winchester Thurston School From our very beginnings, our founder, Miss Mitchell, issued the imperative to the Winchester …

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With the Local Newspaper in Decline, What is the Fate of Local Reporting?

Local newspapers have struggled for more than a decade to secure a foothold in the digital era and stay in business. Dwindling revenues and flagging demand for print editions have led some southwestern Pennsylvania papers to close and others to downsize their newsrooms, affecting coverage of local news. To make matters worse, there doesn’t appear …

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Pittsburgh Native, CNBC’s Epperson Raises Money, Awareness

CNBC Senior Personal Finance Correspondent Sharon Epperson reminded attendees of the Brain Aneurysm Foundation’s 12th Annual Research Grant Symposium to always remain “present, mindful, and grateful” in their daily lives. Epperson, a brain aneurysm survivor, captivated a full house with her inspirational story of recovery, perseverance, and advocacy. She drew an audience of researchers and …

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Austin’s Conundrum of Success

Austin, Texas is one of a handful of cities in the world currently blessed in reputation—big enough to have almost all the cultural amenities of cities twice our size, yet small enough to be tops on any of those innumerable “livability” lists. A recent cover story in “The Economist” looks at the Silicon Valley and …

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UPMC Hillman Cancer Center Gala Raises Millions for Cancer Research

The UPMC Hillman Cancer Center Gala 2018, “Hope Flourishes,” celebrated the advancements being made in cancer care and recognized those who support these efforts. Nearly 900 of the region’s leaders and longtime UPMC Hillman supporters who attended are responsible for raising millions of dollars to support the scientists and clinicians at the region’s only National …

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Allegheny Health Network’s “A Night Under the Stars” Held On-Field at PNC Park

The Allegheny Health Network “A Night Under the Stars” Gala was held on Friday, September 28 at PNC Park, marking the ballpark’s third ever on-field private event. The Network’s second annual gala included a cocktail reception, dinner, a light/pyrotechnic show and entertainment by The Elite Show Band. Emcee Bob Pompeani from KDKA-TV also led the …

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Animal Friends’ Black Tie & Tails Celebrates 75 Years

Animal Friends celebrated the biggest 75th birthday bash ever on Friday, Sept. 21 and Saturday, Sept. 22 at Black Tie & Tails. For two days, Animal Friends’ campus on Camp Horne Road was transformed into a party scene filled with confetti, streamers, birthday cakes and (of course!) the true party animals: adoptable dogs, cats and …

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Diamond Horseshoe Ball Kicks Off Pittsburgh Opera’s 80th Anniversary Season

“Diamond Heist,” the 64th annual Diamond Horseshoe Ball, officially kicked off Pittsburgh Opera’s 80th Anniversary season Saturday night at the Omni William Penn Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh. Co-chaired by Alexandra Good, Esq., Daniel Gorchynsky, and Celia A. Soehner, Esq., the event and its more than 300 guests helped raise over $270,000 to support Pittsburgh Opera’s …

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A Sunset Gala at Soergel’s Hollow

The sun was just about to bow out; an open sky brushed with fiery oranges and hot pinks. A few cars pulling out of the fields but most of them staying put as the din from inside the Barn at Soergel Hollow, tucked into the rolling countryside of Evans City, reached full tilt and stayed …

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PSO’s “Voyage at Sea” Takes Guests on a Musical Journey

On Saturday, September 15, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra hosted its annual gala at Heinz Hall. This year’s theme, Voyage at Sea: A Passage to the Mediterranean, took attendees on a musical journey around the world. The evening began with a cocktail hour in the Heinz Hall Garden, followed by the Gala concert, featuring Maestro Manfred …

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35th Annual Family House Polo Match Raises $250,000

The 35th Annual Family House Polo Match was held at Hartwood Acres on Saturday, September 15. The match drew 2,000 guests. $250,000 was raised to support the Family House mission of providing affordable, home-like accommodations to patients and families who travel to Pittsburgh for medical care. Event highlights included a professional polo match, tailgating, a …

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Twilight Picnic For The Parks Raises $334,000

Twilight Picnic For The Parks, the signature event of the Allegheny County Parks Foundation, celebrated a final blast of summer under a nearly full moon at Hartwood Acres Park Saturday evening. Blue skies greeted more than 400 guests on the lawn of the Hartwood Acres Mansion, who enjoyed a delicious dinner by the big Burrito …

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Riverlife’s Party at the Pier Raises Over $250,000

The forecast for Friday, August 17 called for nonstop rain, thunder and even hail. That didn’t deter a sold-out crowd of 900 guests from dressing up in their finest Mediterranean-inspired looks and traveling to the North Shore’s Rivers Casino for Riverlife’s annual fundraiser Party at the Pier. The popular event, now in its ninth year, …

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22nd Annual Steelers Alumni Golf Classic Raises More than $150,000 for BVRS

Blind & Vision Rehabilitation Services (BVRS) of Pittsburgh held its 22nd annual Steelers Alumni Golf Classic at Diamond Run Golf Club on Monday, July 23. One of the many highlights of the event is that each foursome was captained by a former Pittsburgh Steeler, Pirate, Penguin or other Pittsburgh celebrity. The day drew more than …

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Focus on Leadership

Five regional leaders address key elements and lessons of what it means to lead. What do you believe to be the most important ingredients of successful leadership? Susie Shipley, President, Pennsylvania and Ohio Valley Region, Huntington Bank Successful leaders know that culture comes before strategy, character before style and vision before direction. Successful leaders know …

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The Importance of Water

Watershed expert April Claus called to the 20 Quaker Valley High students splashing through a creek bed in their muck boots: “Who wants to release the brown trout?” They were part of Claus’s environmental science internship—the Quaker Valley Creekers. And on that autumn day they waded into Little Sewickley Creek, releasing some fish and collecting …

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Night in the Tropics Raises Nearly $300,000 for the National Aviary

The National Aviary’s 16th Annual Night in the Tropics sold out with 1,300 party-goers on Saturday, July 21st. Guests enjoyed delicious food from over 30 restaurants, tropical cocktails, wine and craft beer as they mingled with colorful birds and enjoyed entertainment including a fire performance, live music and more. The evening raised nearly $300,000 in …

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Passport to Elegance Soiree Features Vintage Automobiles and Airplanes

The Voyager Jet Center at the Allegheny County Airport was the host venue of the second Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Passport to Elegance Jet Center Party on July 12, 2018. The guests at this red carpet luxury bash, held in the unique venue of the 18,000 square foot airplane hangar, were greeted to a weather-perfect …

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Black Tie & Tailpipes Gala Kicks Off Grand Prix

The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Black Tie & Tailpipes Gala on Friday, July 6 at Fox Chapel Golf Club kicked off a week of Grand Prix events, culminating on Sunday, July 15 with the races in Schenely Park. This year was another sell out for the gala as more than 300 people attended. The Fox …

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Pittsburgh’s Hardest Working Angel

Enter the warehouse and, if you aren’t bewildered by the seeming randomness of it all, you get a sense of the urgency. Mobile hospital beds. Crutches. Respirators. IV poles guarding bedpans. Hundreds of boxes of pharmaceuticals. Medical equipment bound for Nigeria, Uganda, Guyana. And for some reason, dozens of suitcases, many of them more than …

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Black and White

For the first eight years of my teaching career, the only white face in my classroom was mine. I was aware of that fact, of course, but only peripherally. My students were just that, my students. Don’t misunderstand. I’m not saying I was colorblind. I just didn’t relate to my students at Westinghouse High School …

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Pittsburgh Botanic Garden’s “From Garden to Mexican Table” Gala Honors Rick Bayless

“From Garden to Mexican Table—A Gala Tribute to Rick Bayless” raised $260,000 for Pittsburgh Botanic Garden. Held at the Pennsylvanian on Thursday, June 14, the event drew 350 attendees. The seated dinner—following a presentation to Rick Bayless—was crafted by a group of the city’s finest chefs led by Bill Fuller and Justin Severino. Highmark was …

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