Nonprofits

Reed Smith Celebrates 140 Years

Attorneys and staff at global law firm Reed Smith’s Pittsburgh office marked the firm’s 140th anniversary with a cocktail reception September 7th. About 375 leaders and executives from area corporate, nonprofit, government, education and civic organizations attended, including The Heinz Endowments, Hillman Family Foundations, PNC, Allegheny Health Network, Carnegie Mellon University, Duquesne University, U.S. Steel, ATI, Highmark and Richard …

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3 Not-So-Simple Questions, Part III

Editor’s note: This is part three 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 second of the questions is below, along with the answers. For …

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3 Not-So-Simple Questions, Part II

Editor’s note: This is part two 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 first of the questions is below, along with the answers. For …

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Riverlife Celebrates a Party at the Pier

Curious onlookers from inside Rivers Casino couldn’t resist watching the festivities unfolding outside in the amphitheater on the evening of August 25. Of interest? A sold-out crowd of 1,000 that was toasting Riverlife’s Party at the Pier. “What a gorgeous night,” said president Vivien Li. “This is absolutely beautiful. I think every time people come …

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A Question of Leadership

Pittsburgh Quarterly asked three local leaders: “What’s the toughest leadership dilemma you’ve ever faced; how did you handle it; and what did you learn from it?” Grant Oliphant, President of the Heinz Endowments Shortly after I started as president & CEO of The Pittsburgh Foundation in early 2008 the economy was hit by the Great …

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Unfair to Athletes?

Speaking of high school football, as I am, I knew of a chemistry teacher who was so tough, so mean—or at least mean-looking—that he produced decades of superb students. Not that I’m advocating mean as a teaching method, but he was so good that college chemistry professors could pick his students out on the first …

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3 Not-So-Simple Questions

Pittsburgh Quarterly invited the heads of the region’s top independent schools to address three important questions, in 200 words or less for each. How are the political tensions of our country being reflected in your school community and how are you addressing these issues? Jeff Suzik, Director, Falk School One of the most regrettable outcomes …

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Cystic Fibrosis Gala Sets National Fundraising Record

“In a world full of narcissism, you meet all the great people doing charity work,” said Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest 22nd Anniversary Gala co-founder James “Doc” Mendelson. “When you allow the benevolent nature of your soul to shine through, it’s not always about the money. It’s about giving of yourself.” Early on, it became evident that …

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Steelers Alumni Golf Classic

Blind & Vision Rehabilitation Services (BVRS) of Pittsburgh held its 21st annual Steelers Alumni Golf Classic at Diamond Run Golf Club on Monday, July 24. Each foursome is captained by former Pittsburgh Steelers, Pirates, Penguins or other Pittsburgh celebrities. The day drew more than 150 golfers to the course and raised more than $150,000 for …

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Animal Friends Celebrates Wellness Center Grand Opening

On Sat., July 15, Animal Friends celebrated the grand opening of the new Howard Ash Animal Wellness Center, an $8.5 million, 18,400-square foot facility on Animal Friends’ 75-acre campus in Ohio Township. The grand opening festivities began with a ribbon cutting featuring Allegheny County Treasurer John Weinstein, Animal Friends Board Chair Gina Carlos and Animal …

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Night in the Tropics

The National Aviary’s 15th Annual Night in the Tropics attracted about 1,300 party-goers on Saturday, July 8th. Guests enjoyed delicious food from over 30 restaurants, tropical cocktails, wine and craft beer as they mingled with exotic birds and took in the global entertainment. The over-the-top evening raised approximately $240,000.

Mattress Factory Celebrates 40th Anniversary

A party 40 years in the making drew a sell-out crowd of 1,400 to the Mattress Factory on June 16, during which founder Barbara Luderowski offered a good-natured response to whether she ever expected reaching such a milestone when the museum first opened in 1977. “No,” she laughed. “I might not be here if I …

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No Money Down

It’s 11 a.m. in Judge Jeffery Manning’s courtroom. The attorneys are ready. The Allegheny County Common Pleas Court president judge is on the bench. The video screen comes alive to reveal the business of the morning, a series of people in orange, jail-issue jumpsuits: One young man with a retail theft charge and a drug …

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A Friend Indeed

In 2012, PNC Marketing specialist Shannon Tremblay brought her beagle mix, Crockett, to Animal Friends to have it neutered and take part in their puppy kindergarten program. “I just fell in love with the place,” says Tremblay. “There was something really special about what they were doing, and I knew I wanted to be a …

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Facing the Future

For this special feature, we invited the presidents of the region’s leading institutions of higher education to respond to the following: It’s a time of unprecedented challenge for higher education—with decliningenrollment, increased competition, concern about cost and debt, and increasinglyrapid technological change. How are you approaching your key challengesso that your institution will survive and …

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Spring Hat Luncheon Welcomes 600 to Schenley Park

The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy raised $530,000 during its annual Spring Hat Luncheon on May 6, welcoming more than 600 guests to Schenley Park. A rainy week made it impossible to keep the ground dry under the tented area on the overlook, which resulted in the appearance of more than one pair of rain boots. “This …

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Gods & Goddesses Theme Ignites Pittsburgh Public Theater Gala

The Pittsburgh Public Theater wowed patrons of its Gods and Goddesses-themed gala on May 5 with a shimmering evening that began with producing artistic director Ted Pappas awaiting the arrival of his 400 guests while surrounded by strapping gladiators. “I like to make a nice, subtle entrance,” he said. Celebrating its 42nd year, the 2017/2018 …

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Phipps Celebrates Super. Natural. Exhibit with Opening Night Party

Behind the scenes technicalities of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens’ latest exhibit, Super. Natural. involved 500 pieces of hand-blown glass that had been meticulously packed into 122 boxes for a cross-country trip from Seattle to Pittsburgh on a 52-foot-long tractor trailer. Once here, it took a core of volunteers and staff three weeks to install …

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Haute Wired Gala Toasts Fashion Exhibit

“Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion,” the first exhibit of its kind to grace one of the main galleries of the Carnegie Museum of Art, drew 210 guests for the Haute Wired Gala on April 28. The event toasted the final days of an exhibit co-organized by the High Museum of Art in Atlanta and the …

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St. Barnabas Charities Honors Former New York City Mayor

A message infused with leadership, compassion, patriotism and courage punctuated the 45-minutes that former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani shared with more than 400 guests of St. Barnabas Charities during the 2017 Founder’s Day Celebration. “I’m excited to see him in person,” said Lindsey Senft. “He’s this larger than life person I’ve always seen …

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A Night of Reflection

More than 200 guests gathered last month at the Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel for the 15th Annual Saint Alexis Catholic School Gala, benefiting the privately funded Catholic elementary school in Wexford. This year’s theme, “A Night of Reflection,” resonated with guests as they reminisced about the school’s 55-year history and looked to the future.

Elsie Hillman, Political and Civic Leader

My husband, Henry Lea Hillman, is seven years older than me. He is the son, of course, of Pittsburgh steel mogul John H. Hillman, Jr., an industrialist who built Pittsburgh Coke & Chemical. Anyway, Henry was a friend of my older sister, and I knew his younger sister, so we all became friends. When I …

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