On Friday, May 6, more than 200 guests went back in time as Three Rivers Youth presented “The Nellie Awards at The Cotton Club.” The upper lobby of USX Tower was transformed into the famous club that was the center of style and fun in Harlem’s hey day. Guests took the escalator right to the entrance of the A-Train and made stops at the red carpet for a souvenir picture by photographer Ahmad Sandidge.

HEADING TO THE THERESA HOTEL—Debra Acklin, George Miles, Janet Miles, Peggy Harris, Claudette Lewis and Robert Hill. (Photos by Debbie Norrell)

After their photo op it was time to peruse the photographs by Teenie Harris, view the silent auction items, enjoy the music, sip on signature drinks such as the “Billie Holiday” and the “Cab Calloway,” and enjoy the food prepared with a Harlem twist- collard greens, fried chicken, sweet potatoes and macaroni and cheese peppered the menu.

The presentation of the Nellie Awards took place in a recreation of the Theresa Hotel. Master of Ceremony, Andrew Stockey (anchor WTAE-TV) welcomed the well-dressed group to the program portion of the evening.

This year’s Nellie Awards recipients were: Robert Hill (Education & Civic Engagement Award), Vice Chancellor for public affairs at the University of Pittsburgh and the institution’s chief communications officer. Hill is also Pitt’s primary spokesperson.

Massaro Corp. received the Corporate Responsibility Award. One of Massaro’s strategic objectives is exemplary ethics. To this end, Massaro created a corporate citizenship program called Massaro Serves. They have identified eight areas the corporation and its employees focuses on to serve the communities in which it works.

The Public Broadcasting Award was presented to George L. Miles Jr. Miles currently serves as Executive Chairman of Chester Engineers. Prior to Chester Engineers, Miles was the president and CEO of WQED Multimedia for 16 years.

The Thornburg Community Club received the Community Service Award. The club was formed in 1930 to bring housewives and mothers together to get better acquainted, to provide a cultural interest and to give more effective welfare and relief to the many who were in need at that time. Eighty years later the Thornburg Community Club continues to thrive with a mission that has not changed.

Before departing the “Cotton Club” guests enjoyed a dessert reception and a little dancing.

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