Twenty-three of Pittsburgh’s most notable women were honored for their accomplishments and contributions to the city of Pittsburgh at the 6th Annual Celebrate & Share, Women of Achievement Awards Dinner. Nearly 300 people gathered at the Omni William Penn Hotel on, March 2, to honor women from the region and to raise funds for the Pittsburgh based charity, Cribs for Kids®Infant Safe Sleep Initiative.
District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. and his wife Mary Zappala returned to host the event along with presenting sponsors, Fifth Third Bank and UPMC St. Margaret, and Mistress of Ceremonies Julie Bologna. The Women of Achievement Award ceremony is traditionally held every March in observance of Women’s History Month. The event kicked off with the presentation of a proclamation from Pittsburgh City Council.
Proceeds benefited Cribs for Kids®, founded in 1998 in Pittsburgh by Allegheny County District Attorney Zappala; Cribs for Kids® Executive Director, Judith Bannon; the late Mayor Bob O’Connor and the late Commander Gwen Elliott. Since then, the program has networked throughout Pennsylvania and has grown to more than 250 partners in 48 states. Every $50 raised at the event will provide a crib for a baby in need and will provide safe sleep education for that baby’s family in an effort to reduce the risk of injury and death of infants due to unsafe sleeping environments.
Celebrate & Share, co-founded by Bonnie DiCarlo and JoAnn Forrester, is a local organization that features the achievements of women in Pittsburgh and raises funds for organizations which focus on the needs of women and children in the community. The Women of Achievement Awards Dinner brings attention to Pittsburgh in recognition of Women’s History Month and highlights the women of Pittsburgh who contribute greatly to the successes and advancement of the city.
2011 Honorees included: Carmen Anderson, Heinz Endowments; Dr. Barbara Baker, Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium; Lorraine Bittner, Esq. , Women’s Center & Shelter; Sharon Chute, Allegheny Intermediate Unit; Dorothy Coll, Two Men and a Truck; Peggy Finnegan, WPXI; Paula Garret, Forum Lighting; Jada Grandy, Fifth Third Bank; Darlene Harris, Pittsburgh City Council; Jayne Huston, Seton Hill University; Susan Foreman Jordon, Esq., Fox Rothschild LLP; Dusty Elias Kirk, Esq., Reed Smith, LLP; Lynette Lederman, Office of Councilman Doug Shields; Velma Monteiro-Tribble, Alcoa Foundation (Retired);
Robin Mungo, TFC– PA State Police; Teresa Petrick, UPMC St. Margaret; Valerie McDonald Roberts, Department of Real Estate; Audrey Russo, Pittsburgh Technology Council; Sandy Snyder, Edgar Snyder & Associates; Dr. Helen C. Sobehart, ASSET Inc.; Mary Ellen Sullivan, PNC Bank; Sandy Thomas, LPGA Pro; and Author Peg Wilson, Community Activist.
(For more information contact Cribs for Kids® at 412-322-5680, ext. 5 or www.cribsforkids.org.)