Teresa Heinz Kerry, chairman of the Heinz Family Foundation, presented the 18th Heinz Awards created in the spirit of her late husband during a dinner at the Senator John Heinz History Center on Thursday.
"Each honoree is a seeker, the kind of person who refuses to rest comfortably in the old confines of what can't be done," Mrs. Kerry said. "It's what I've always loved about this country. Anything is possible if you work hard enough, dream big enough and set the bar high enough."
The awards honored five individuals; Mason Bates, the 2012-13 Composer of the Year for the Pittsburgh Symphony (arts and humanities), Richard Jackson (environment), Freeman Hrabowski III (human condition), KC Golden (public policy) and Jay Keasling (technology, the economy and employment), After short videos and acceptance remarks, more than 280 prominent Pittsburghers enjoyed a buffet catered by Bob Sendall.