"I'm so nervous," said Dr. Greg Gallik, who was preparing to accept the Pittsburgh Proud award Saturday on behalf of Community Human Services during the Allegheny County Medical Society Foundation Gala and Community Awards celebration. "I've been practicing my speech all week."
"I made him watch 'The King's Speech' for pointers!" chimed in Joe King, who was one of nearly 400 guests swarming into the Omni William Penn for the Pittsburgh Proud-themed soiree.
Inside the Urban Room, Dr. Terence Starz, Dr. Donald Yealy, Dr. Margaret Morton, Dr. Robert Cicco, Mary "Dee" Delaney and Karen Wolk Feinstein rounded out the list of honorees that were being lauded for their commitment to quality health care.
"It was a pleasant surprise," said Physician Volunteer awardee Dr. Graham Johnstone. "When you're volunteering, you're just volunteering. You're not doing it for awards."
While the Cadillac Jazz Trio added the ambiance to a lengthy cocktail hour, outgoing medical society prez Dr. Leo McCafferty was spied passing the gavel to Dr. Rajiv Varma during a special VIP champagne reception. Meanwhile, Dr. George Buerger, Dr. Kris Gopal, Dr. Sung Kim, Dr. JoAnn Narduzzi, Dr. Abolhassan Panahandeh, Dr. Siroos Samadani and Dr. Ronald Zimmerman were among this year's class receiving their pin as 50-year awardees.
Providing grants for charitable, scientific, literary and educational projects to promote high-quality medical care in the community, the Allegheny County Medical Society Foundation has granted more than $2.3 million since its inception in 1960. The evening benefited the society's medical scholarship funds and the Community College of Allegheny County nursing and health student scholarship fund.
Pittsburgh Proud Gala
The Pittsburgh Proud Gala at the Omni William Penn on Saturday, March 24, 2012.
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