Serving up a slice of American history while raising funds to support the future were PNC and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The two organizations sponsored the red carpet premiere of the film "Lee Daniels' The Butler" at the SouthSide Works Cinema Tuesday night.
While following the personal history of a White House butler who served eight presidents, the film also tracks the epic changes that occurred during the civil rights movement. Wil Haygood, author of The Washington Post article that inspired the movie and the movie's associate producer, mingled with guests during the party in the theater's lobby. He also signed books and answered questions following the movie. The sold-out event raised nearly $100,000 to benefit Pittsburgh Promise, which offers $40,000 college scholarships to Pittsburgh residents who graduate from the city's public schools.
Taking a moment to thank the guests were Promise director Saleem Ghubril, Post-Gazette executive editor David Shribman and Mr. Haygood. Glad to be a part of such a moving evening were PG publisher John Robinson Block, PNC's Eva Blum and Donna Peterman, Lynn Swann, Alan and Pat Siger, Chip Ganassi, Margaret Washington and Judy Horgan.
First Published August 20, 2013 4:00 AM