8th annual Inclusive Voices event held at the Fairmont Pittsburgh
April 11, 2016 12:00 AM
Victoria Garner, left, Claudette Lewis and Lucille Dabney.
Wayne Jones, left, Leon Ford, and Jim Arnott.
Safdar Khwaja, left, and Lisa Valenti.
Jo Ellen Parker and Christopher Howard.
Jerry Ann Allen, left, and Valerie McDonald Roberts.
Jerry MacCleary and Dina Clark.
Quincy Swatson, left, and Harold Lewis.
Floyd Cephas, left, Corey O'Connor and Fred Griffin.
By Natalie Bencivenga / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
When and where: Friday afternoon at the Fairmont Pittsburgh hotel, Downtown.
#PACEPgh: The Program to Aid Citizen Enterprise held its annual luncheon, which was bigger than ever this year, with more than 285 people ready to celebrate the power of connecting through conversation. Each table was assigned a conversation leader (such as Riverlife’s CEO and president Vivien Li, Pittsburgh chapter president of the Council on American-Islamic Relations Safdar Khwaja, Heinz History Center’s CEO and president Andy Masich, and Rabbi Keren Gorban of Temple Sinai). The conversations were lively, as people lunched and listened to stories, talked about serious issues and laughed with new friends. PACE began after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968 as a means to discuss and support organizations working toward racial and social justice. “The heat was rising then, and its rising today,” said Bob Nelkin, president and chief professional officer of the United Way of Allegheny County.
#DiversityMatters: As the SEEN editor, I attend so many events and galas in the city, but I have yet to see one as diverse as Inclusive Voices. All walks of life were represented at the luncheon on Friday and because of that, the event was lively, engaging and educational. An event like this supports community and creates a sense of togetherness putting us on the path forward toward a more inclusive and understanding Pittsburgh.
#SEEN: Board chair Claudette Lewis, executive director Lucille Dabney, Dina Clark, Victoria Garner, Valerie McDonald Roberts, Kevin McMahon, Lisa Valenti, Christopher Howard, Jo Ellen Parker, Jerry Ann Allen, Kim Lyons, Adam Hambrick, Marie Rivera-Johnson, Dani Crawford, Michael Mingrone, Dina Clark, Jerry MacCleary and Emmai Alaquiva.
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