Nonprofits

Allegheny County Parks Celebrate 90th Anniversary

More than 200 guests celebrated the 90th anniversary of the Allegheny County Parks January 10 at an evening reception at the Heinz History Center. “90 Years of Allegheny County Parks: Celebrating their Legacy, Imagining their Future” brought acclaimed landscape architect Thomas Woltz to Pittsburgh to envision the next era for our nine county parks. Woltz, …

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A Quick Pittsburgh Holiday Tour

For quick holiday cheer without leaving your desk, view the gallery below of some seasonal attractions in the Pittsburgh region. Merry Christmas! Want to see for yourselves? Click on the attraction below for more information. A Very Merry Pittsburgh exhibition, Senator John Heinz History Center Carnegie Trees and Presepio, Carnegie Museum of Art Miniature Railroad …

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Pittsburgh Mercy’s Reindeer Ball Dazzles Children with Storybook Characters

Pittsburgh Mercy’s 14th Annual Reindeer Ball, a spectacular children’s gala and evening of holiday fun for families with young children, was held Sunday, December 3, 2017, from 4 to 7 p.m., at The Westin Convention Center Pittsburgh Hotel, 1000 Penn Avenue, Downtown. The evening benefited vital Pittsburgh Mercy programs and services. Dressed in their holiday …

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Passion and Independence: Two More Critical Requirements for Leaders

Editor’s note, updated April 14, 2021: Last Friday, April 9, 2021, brought the unexpected passing of Tom Flannery, managing partner of the Pittsburgh office of Boyden, the international search firm. Tom was, to my mind, the leading headhunter in Pittsburgh, having placed untold numbers of local CEOs, nonprofit leaders and board members over the past …

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The 54th Medallion Ball Honors 134 Young Women

The 54th Medallion Ball was held at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown on Friday, November 24, 2017. This year, St. Lucy’s Auxiliary to the Blind (SLA) honored 134 Medallion Candidates for their commitment to volunteer service. The event stands as a tribute to young women’s dedication to putting others before themselves. Over the past three …

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Leading the Way

We asked five high-profile executives: What do you believe to be the most important ingredients of successful leadership? J. Christopher Donahue, president and CEO, Federated Investors, Inc. Lessons on leadership can come from the unlikeliest sources—even works of art. An example can be found in what may be the most important work in the prized …

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Time Honored Party Celebrates Public Service

The first year event by the Jefferson Awards Foundation (JAF) Pittsburgh was held at Presenting Sponsor LUXE Creative in Point Breeze, on Saturday, November 11, 2017. The party featured the inaugural Kate Dewey Lifetime Achievement in Public Service Award presented to Ms. Dewey by JAF Regional Executive Director Jodi S. Klebick. Kate is retiring president …

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Pointe in Time Gala Raises $630,000 for the Arts

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre hosted a sold-out crowd of 555 for its Pointe in Time Gala: West Side Story Suite, Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Westin. Chaired by Dr. Christopher Howard, president of Robert Morris University, and his wife Mrs. Barbara Noble Howard, the annual gala raised $630,000 for artistic priorities, including PBT’s Community Youth Scholarship …

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Wings & Wildlife Soirée Raises $55,000 in Support of National Aviary

The National Aviary’s Annual Wings & Wildlife Art Show kicked off on Friday, November 3 with a first class Soiree & Benefit Auction. Guests mingled with wildlife artists and met exotic birds up-close as they enjoyed gourmet hors d’oeuvres, open bar and strolling strings, all before gathering for an exciting live auction, emceed by beloved …

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The Frick Pittsburgh Opens “Undressed” with Gala

The Frick Pittsburgh marked the opening of “Undressed: A History of Fashion in Underwear” with a gala held on the evening of October 19. The sold-out “Undressed” gala provided four hundred guests the opportunity to experience the blockbuster exhibition before it opened to the public on Saturday, October 21. Gala co-chairs were Ina Gumberg, Peggy …

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Washington & Jefferson College Inaugurates Knapp as 13th President

Washington & Jefferson College inaugurated John C. Knapp, Ph.D., on Oct. 19, 2017 as the institution’s thirteenth president. The ceremony was held at Olin Fine Arts Center on the W&J College campus. Dr. Knapp began his appointment at W&J on Aug. 1, 2017, following the retirement of former W&J President Dr. Tori Haring-Smith in June. …

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Big Brothers Big Sisters’ ILLUMINATION Ignites the Senses

Big Brothers Big Sisters’ ILLUMINATION ignited the senses: guests reveled in the multi-sensory environment of light, sound and taste held at LUXE Creative Studio TWO on the evening of October 7. ILLUMINATION raised $324,109 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh. The evening sparkled with designer cocktails, delectable bites and an expansive silent auction. …

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Meet Me at the Station Event Supports Community Revitalization

On the evening of September 30, the Wilkinsburg Train Station lit up with performances of many kinds to promote the revitalization of Wilkinsburg through the Wilkinsburg Community Development Corporation. “Meet Me at the Station” featured live performances by DEPAC Contortion and Attack Theater. Acclaimed artist, Norman Brown, live painted a rendering of the train station. …

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Allegheny Health Network Holds First-Ever Gala

The Allegheny Health Network “In the Spotlight” Gala was held on Wednesday, September 27 at Stage AE. The Network’s first-ever gala included a cocktail reception, dinner, and entertainment by The Elite Show Band. Emcee Bob Pompeani from KDKA-TV also led the nearly 500 guests through a brief program which highlighted AHN’s range of capabilities, as …

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Diamond Horseshoe Ball Kicks Off Pittsburgh Opera’s season

Pittsburgh Opera officially started off its 2017-18 season with the Diamond Horseshoe Ball at the Omni William Penn on Friday, September 22. The gala was chaired by Dr. Vonda Wright, a renowned orthopedic surgeon with UPMC, and her husband Peter Taglianetti, a Stanley Cup winner with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Over 200 attendees enjoyed a cocktail …

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Harvest Celebration Commemorates From Slavery to Freedom Garden

The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy’s Harvest Celebration on Friday, September 15th commemorated the first season of plantings in the From Slavery to Freedom Garden at the Frick Environmental Center. The new, beautifully curated planting space is an extension of the From Slavery to Freedom Exhibit at the Heinz History Center. The garden highlights plants that sustained …

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Rock ’N Soul Gala Remembers The Stanley Theatre

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s 2017 Rock ‘n Soul Gala raised $458,000 and 450 seats were sold. Lead sponsor of this year’s Gala was KeyBank and Presenting Sponsor, UPMC and UPMC Health Plan. Gala guests enjoyed dinner on the Benedum stage with live entertainment by Vintage Trouble, followed by a dessert buffet reception and dancing to …

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The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh Welcomes New President & CEO

On the evening of Thursday, September 14, the Board of Directors of The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh hosted a community reception at The Pittsburgh Golf Club to introduce new President & CEO Wendy Pardee to community leaders and stakeholders. View the event photo gallery below. Wendy comes to Pittsburgh from Ohio, where she was president …

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UPMC Hillman Cancer Center Gala 2017 Raises $4.1 Million for Cancer Research

The UPMC Hillman Cancer Center Gala 2017, “A Future Without Cancer,” recognized nearly 900 of the region’s leaders and longtime supporters in attendance who are responsible for raising more than $4.1 million to support the efforts of scientists and clinicians at the region’s only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center. This major event begins an …

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Fly Away Bash Benefits Food Bank Backpack Program

The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank headquarters was transformed into a must-visit destination on Friday, September 8 as guests enjoyed dinner, drinks, dancing and an unforgettable giveaway—all while benefiting an important cause. The annual bash benefited Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank’s Backpack Program, which addresses food insecurity in Pittsburgh by providing food and snacks to …

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Family House Supports Mission with 34th Annual Polo Match

To support the Family House mission of providing affordable, home-like accommodations to patients and families who travel to Pittsburgh for medical care, the organization hosted their 34th Annual Polo Match on Saturday, September 9. In addition to the professional polo match, the day’s highlights included tailgating, a silent auction, children’s activities, a vintage car show, …

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3 Not-So-Simple Questions, Part IV

Editor’s note: This is the fourth and final part of a feature that began in the pages of the Fall issue of Pittsburgh Quarterly. We invited the heads of the region’s top independent schools to address three important questions, in 200 words or less for each. The final question is below, along with the answers. …

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