Every Child Inc.'s annual luncheon
When and where: July 22 at LeMont Restaurant on Mount Washington.
Why: Every Child Inc. celebrated with roughly 50 guests who support the nonprofit's mission to assist families in becoming self-sufficient and to build stable relationships and communities. "Working with children and families has always been my passion," said executive director Jesse McLean. "There is nothing better than to see families empowered and blossoming before your eyes."
Inspiring women: Gisele Fetterman, who founded Braddock's Free Store in 2012, and Viola Agostino Valletta of Brain Balance Achievement Center of Pittsburgh, both spoke. "With the Free Store, I hope to make families' lives a little easier. ... I want to make sure they are aware of resources," said Mrs. Fetterman. Ms. Valletta added, "Our mission is similar to Every Child Inc.'s in that we want to help special-needs children and their families become self-sufficient in holistic, drug-free ways."
Angels among us: "Angels' Place [one of the event's honorees] is an organization whose mission is to support low-income, single, full-time students who are also parents," said Stephanie Parker, director of one of its three locations.
Jazz happy hour to benefit Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble
When and where: July 20 at the Le Mont Restaurant on Mount Washington
The party and purpose: Dr. Bruce Wilder hosted a Jazz Happy Hour benefitting Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, which is celebrating its 39th season. Roughly 50 guests enjoyed light refreshments and music provided by Susanne Ortner-Roberts and the Stardust Swingtets. "We are so fortunate to have the support of loyal friends like Bruce Wilder, and we're so pleased to celebrate with our friends at this beautiful, landmark restaurant," PNME Executive Director Pamela Murchison said.
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