The Reason: To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Macedonia Family and Community Enrichment Center Inc., Hill District.
Recognized: Former Steeler Charlie Batch was honored with the Friend of Children Award for his community work with children at the Best of the Batch Foundation. Also recognized were two students in the center’s Community Truancy Intervention Project for most improved grades and most improved attendance.
The Revelry: The fourth annual Friend of Children Benefit Banquet at the Hilton Garden Inn in Oakland Thursday evening began with a welcome by center board member Elliot Howsie and a prayer led by board president, the Rev. Brian Edmonds of Macedonia Church of Pittsburgh. Dinner and a silent auction followed the awards presentation and a few inspirational words from Mr. Batch about the success of his foundation, which was started in his Homestead home to give children a safe place to go and something to do to improve their lives.
Revelers: The center’s executive director Trisha Gadson, Highmark’s Jerry Ann Allen, Hill House CEO Cheryl Hall-Russell, intervention project director Fawn Walker Montgomery, Carolyn Travis, Pat James and Shanicka Kennedy.