The Sarah Heinz House celebrated some of Pittsburgh's outstanding youth on Thursday at its 4th annual Steak & Burger Dinner at the Hall of Fame Club in PNC Park. As a fun twist, the children and teens were treated to a steak dinner while the adults enjoyed burgers. "This is a great evening to recognize the achievements of all our youth members," said Jennifer Cairns, Sarah Heinz House executive director. The organization's mission is to empower all youth through after-school and summer programs.
This year's Sarah Heinz House Youth of the Year, David Rojas, 18, the organization's first Latino winner, was among those honored. Chosen by the panel for his academic achievements, leadership skills and courage, Mr. Rojas spoke about his own struggles as the son of a single mother from a military household, as well as his future dreams, academic pursuits and how the Sarah Heinz House has been a positive influence in his life.
Seen enjoying burgers among the 250 guests were event co-chairs Chuck and Kristen Hammel (he's owner of Pitt Ohio Trucking, the event's Gold Sponsor); co-chairs Jared and Lizz Sadowski and Anthony Marfisi, senior vice president of event sponsor, First National Bank.