Group honors five for helping disabled

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Community Living and Support Services, or CLASS, a nonprofit that assists disabled children and adults become more independent, is holding its annual awards dinner later this month.

The ceremony will honor five local people: CLASS chief executive officer Al Condeluci; United Way of Allegheny County president Robert Nelkin; Morton Coleman, director emeritus of the University of Pittsburgh's Institute of Politics; Judith Barricella, director of disability connection at the county's Department of Human Services; and Judith Painter, executive director of the Epilepsy Foundation of Western/Central Pennsylvania.

CLASS said the winners were chosen "as a result of their continued commitment and compassion for others and the Pittsburgh community. Their combined efforts have changed the lives of thousands of people and their families who have been faced with challenges."

The 21st annual Community Heroes Awards Dinner will take place Oct. 15 at 5:30 p.m. at the Westin Convention Center hotel.

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