This month, we celebrate the life of Gwen Elliott, a trailblazing woman who would have turned 70 years old this June.
Gwen, who died in 2007, was destined to be a champion for women and girls, entering the male-dominated military in 1964, becoming one of Pittsburgh’s first African-American female police officers in 1973 and rising to become the first African-American female commander of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police in 1986. After retiring, Gwen was determined to start an agency that would help girls have a better quality of life — not just for themselves but for their children and future generations to come. She achieved this dream in 2002 with the creation of Gwen’s Girls.
Gwen Elliott’s legacy continues to change lives as Gwen’s Girls serves more than 300 girls each year. Gwen’s ripple effect of kindness lives on in these girls and young women who are now reaching personal milestones many others told them they would never reach. Because Gwen believed in them, they could begin to believe in themselves.
We invite members of the community to join us in celebrating Gwen during a free event on June 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Gwen’s Girls headquarters (711 West Commons on the North Side). Gwen’s Birthday Celebration will allow those who knew this incredible woman — and those who have benefited from her compassion and generosity — to gather and share memories as we celebrate her tremendous legacy.
For more information or to RSVP for the event, please contact Nakia Beasley at 412-904-4239, Ext. 44.