City High students volunteer at Red Cross Ball—Omni William Penn

By Natalie Bencivenga / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Photo: Rebecca Droke/Post-Gazette

All the party details: Roughly 275 partygoers donned their best “red” tie for an elegant evening to celebrate the American Red Cross of Southwestern Pennsylvania at the Omni William Penn Hotel, Downtown, Saturday night. Chancellor Emeritus Mark Nordenberg of the University of Pittsburgh received the distinguished leadership award. “I feel so privileged and honored to be a part of such a big night,” he said. “It’s important that we all support this organization because a great community is one that prides itself on being great not just on good days, but on bad days as well.” After the cocktail hour, guests enjoyed dinner and dancing, and also participated in a live auction to help raise money for a Red Cross emergency response vehicle. Learn more:

NinthgradeRedCrossFrom left: Jacqueline Talbert, Julia Imler, Madison Pudup and Dasean Gray, all ninth grader student volunteers from City High Charter School.

 #GenerationGiving: I noticed a lot of young people at last night’s event, not just attending, but volunteering. I stopped to chat with a group of ninth graders from Downtown’s City Charter High School about why they felt it was so important to give back. “It makes you value the little things and all good things you have,” said Jacqueline Talbert, 15. “It feels nice to be nice,” added Julia Imler, 15. The students, who started a Red Cross club at their school, recognize what part their volunteerism can play in the community. “I like to volunteer because it gives me new experiences,” said Dasean Gray. And Madison Pudup, who took in the ballroom and all the glittering gowns, said, “Not only is it beneficial for all of us to give back, but I would not get to see all of the things I have been able to without these opportunities.” Sounds like the next generation understands why #ItsGoodToGive.

#SEEN: Patricia Waldinger, CEO of the American Red Cross of Southwestern Pa.; Mark Kempic, chairman of the Red Cross board; Ken Gormley; Kelvin and Amber Morris; Connie Cavrich; Sean Fogarty and Julie DeSeyn; Dr. Loren and Ellen Roth; emcee Kenyon Bonner with Sylvana; Keith Whitson and Don and Alana Deane.

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