Big Green Block Party Celebrates Phipps’ Newest Green Building

May 16, 2019
Photo by Mark Simpson Cathy Fitzgerald, Steven Massaro, Joseph Massaro, Karl Steinmetz, Majestic Lane, Richard Piacentini, Jeff Davis, Ryan Martin and Erica Cochran perform the ribbon cutting, officially debuting the Exhibit Staging Center. Phipps’ Big Green Block Party. May 16, 2019. Cathy Fitzgerald, Steven Massaro, Joseph Massaro, Karl Steinmetz, Majestic Lane, Richard Piacentini, Jeff Davis, Ryan Martin and Erica Cochran perform the ribbon cutting, officially debuting the Exhibit Staging Center. Phipps’ Big Green Block Party. May 16, 2019.
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Over 500 people attended Phipps’ Big Green Block Party on the evening of Thursday, May 16 to celebrate the best sustainable Pittsburgh has to offer, including the opening of Phipps’ newest green building, the Exhibit Staging Center.


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Guests explored Phipps’ outdoor campus and three green buildings, among the most sustainable in the world, while enjoying live entertainment, food and drink. Local eateries provided delicious vegan and vegetarian bites and local distilleries provided sustainably crafted libations.

The night featured the Massaro family, whose corporation constructed the new Exhibit Staging Center, and the late trustee Carolyn Massaro was honored during the ribbon cutting. Honorary Event Chairs were Ryan B. Martin (great-​great-​grandson of Henry Phipps) and his wife Maureen Russell-​Martin. Honorary Host Committee Chair was Liz Spence. Other notable attendees included Cathy Fitzgerald, Majestic Lane, Erica Cochran, Walter Burlack, Ann Molloy and Henry Posner, Debbie and Dan Frankel, Drew and Krista Balzer, Jess Hathaway and Brett Burkhart, and Jenna Boron.

There were 28 financial underwriters for the event, including Massaro Corp., Patrinos Painting, Simpson and McCrady, UPMC Health Plan, Schneider Downs, D-​M Products, First National Bank, Jendoco, and Green Mountain Energy.


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