Ridge receives St. Barnabas' Hance Award

| Sunday, May 5, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

“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 kbenz@tribweb.com or 412-380-8515.

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