ShareThis Page

Ridge receives St. Barnabas' Hance Award

| Sunday, May 5, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
John Altdorfer
Former Pennsylvania governor and director of Homeland Security Tom Ridge with St. Barnabas Health System president William Day at the St. Barnabas Founders Celebration at the Marriott North Pittsburgh in Cranberry Township.
John Altdorfer
Roman and Elizabeth Day with St. Barnabas Health System senior vice president Douglas Day and UPMC manager of community relations Kenda White during the St. Barnabas Founders Celebration at the Marriott North Pittsburgh in Cranberry Township. senior vice during the St. Barnabas Founders Celebration at the Marriott North Pittsburgh in Cranberry Township.during the St. Barnabas Founders Celebration at the Marriott North Pittsburgh in Cranberry Township.

“Given the extraordinary quality and class of my predecessors, it's a real honor to be included in that group of people I admire,” shared special guest, former Gov. Tom Ridge during a VIP mixer held ahead of the St. Barnabas Charities Founder's Day Celebration.

The recipient of the St. Barnabas Health System's Hance Award drew the likes of co-chair Kendra White, St. Barnabas prez William andLoraine Day, Andy Russell, Jim andElin Roddey (a tribute was given in his honor), Douglas andElizabeth Day with their son, Roman, Kathy Seaton,Valerie Day Wilden and 360 guests to the Pittsburgh Marriott in Cranberry on May 2.

One of Pittsburgh's sons, Ridge served two terms as governor of Pennsylvania before being named assistant to the president for homeland security after the Sept. 11 tragedies. He later became the first Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

Based on the feedback of those making the rounds, the award, which is given to individuals of national renown who exemplify traits of benevolence, patriotism and service to others, was well-deserved.

“Let's hope!” Ridge laughed when told he was keeping the bar high.

— Kate Benz

Kate Benz is the social columnist for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at or 412-380-8515.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.