Fanfare: Children's Trust toasts 2nd anniversary
Traffic on Liberty Avenue was coming to a near halt on the evening of August 16 thanks to a steady stream of whiplash inducing young professionals making their way into the August Wilson Center.
“This is the most beautiful crowd I've ever seen,” said Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC Foundation president Greg Barrett. “And yes, you can quote me on that.”
Just one of 200 guests raising a glass to toast the second anniversary of the Children's Trust, he was spied making the rounds with the who's who including Cliff Rowe, Dr. George Gittes, Nick Bell, Kevin Eddy, Danielle Katz, Casey Pratkanis, and co-chairs Jay and Bonnie Mangold.
“We wanted to start out with a group to support the mission of Children's Hospital,” she said. “We never thought we'd be here with 200 people.”
Part happy hour, part networking opportunity, it was LUXE Creative's Martin Potoczny who cast his ridiculously infectious spell across the room to keep pulse rates just right.
Attracting both prospective and current donors, the event paid homage to the generosity of its members which goes far beyond simply whipping out the checkbook. Participation also includes volunteering and the ability to vote on the emerging researcher and research program at Children's that their membership funds support through the Children's Trust grant.
“If you could cherry pick all the very best to change pediatric healthcare, this is the group,” said Trust manager Maura White.