YWCA to honor seven at Racial Justice Awards

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The YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh will honor six people and one organization Wednesday at their annual Racial Justice Awards. The prizes are intended to recognize local efforts to promote equal treatment and equal access to services for people of color.

Peggy B. Harris, president of Three Rivers Youth, will receive an award in the community engagement category. Her organization houses children removed from their families by Allegheny County's Children Youth and Family Services and operates several programs for "at-risk" youth and families.

Donna M. Baxter, CEO of Soul Pitt Media -- a website that highlights events, people and businesses in Pittsburgh's black community -- will receive an award in the company or business category.

Dr. Curtiss E. Porter, chancellor of Penn State Greater Allegheny, will receive an award in the education category, as will Gregg Dietz, a high school guidance counselor who sponsors an organization called the Youth Advocacy League.

The Sisters of Mercy, a Catholic organization that focuses on alleviating poverty and sickness, will receive an award in the faith category, as will the Rev. John C. Welch, president of the Pittsburgh Interfaith Impact Network.

Finally, Dina Marie Labanc, a high school student who has helped organize diversity events around the Pittsburgh region, will receive an award in the youth achievement category.

The Racial Justice Awards ceremony will be held Wednesday at Downtown's Westin Convention Center hotel. A reception will be held at 5:30 p.m., with dinner and the awards program following at 6:30. Tickets cost $55 per person for YWCA members and $65 per person for nonmembers. To register to attend, call 412-255-1261 or visit www.ywcapgh.org.



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