Women's Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh celebrates 40th anniversary


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When and where: More than 400 of Pittsburgh's social heavy hitters came out Friday to celebrate on the Great Lawn at the Frick Art Museum in Point Breeze.

The cause: The organization (which raised roughly $250,000) supports adult and child victims of intimate partner violence. Along with a 24-hour hot line, services are available to assist families with housing, mental health counseling and case management, said Nicole Molinaro Karaczun, director of services.

Something to think about: "My mom passed away when I was young. She was killed by my step-father. I bottled up my feelings, but I've realized that you can't. In order to heal, you have to speak up," said Steelers cornerback and guest speaker William Gay.

A moment with...Elsie Hillman: "This is something that I have supported for a long time. We have to do the right thing for the people who need it the most." (Scans the room and smiles). "I'm so thrilled to see the number of people here! You know I was planning on just popping in, but the longer I am here, the more I want to stay -- how fun!"

#SEEN enjoying the party: Art and Greta Rooney, Sally Wiggin, City Councilman Dan Gilman, WQED's Michael Bartley, Kimberly Colasante, Brent Haberstroh and Bria Bennie (#SEENcutestcouple), Hayley Haldeman, Zach Brecheisen, Rick Dudley, Siamak and Conniel Malek.


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