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Flash!: A Tribune to Veterans; Golden Quill Awards

John Altdorfer - AGAINST ALL ODDS You could hear a pin drop at the Rodef Shalom Congregation on the evening of May 20. Inside, a packed theater was riveted by the amazing against-all-odds story of “Homeless to Harvard” author Liz Murray (center), who rose above a childhood living in poverty and watching her parents battle a drug addiction that eventually claimed her mother, being homeless as a teen, and eventually scoring a scholarship to Harvard University. “Adversity is not a homeless issue, it’s a socioeconomic issue. Who hasn’t at some point in their life wanted to give up on themselves?” she shared. The keynote of the NCJW Annual Meeting shared her amazing story of resilience without pulling any punches and – ironically – without a hint of bitterness or anger. “There comes a time in your life when you have to stop counting what you don’t have and start counting what you do,” she said. Chaired by Lynette Lederman, Elyse Eichner (left), Laurie Gottlieb, and Susan Foreman Jordan, the evening also included a moving video tribute to their late friend and past president Judi Kasdan. Also pictured is board member Jennifer Honig.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>AGAINST ALL ODDS You could hear a pin drop at the Rodef Shalom Congregation on the evening of May 20. Inside, a packed theater was riveted by the amazing against-all-odds story of “Homeless to Harvard” author Liz Murray (center), who rose above a childhood living in poverty and watching her parents battle a drug addiction that eventually claimed her mother, being homeless as a teen, and eventually scoring a scholarship to Harvard University. “Adversity is not a homeless issue, it’s a socioeconomic issue. Who hasn’t at some point in their life wanted to give up on themselves?” she shared. The keynote of the NCJW Annual Meeting shared her amazing story of resilience without pulling any punches and – ironically – without a hint of bitterness or anger. “There comes a time in your life when you have to stop counting what you don’t have and start counting what you do,” she said. Chaired by Lynette Lederman, Elyse Eichner (left), Laurie Gottlieb, and Susan Foreman Jordan, the evening also included a moving video tribute to their late friend and past president Judi Kasdan. Also pictured is board member Jennifer Honig.
kate benz | tribune-review - A NIGHT OF HOPE It was difficult for Square Cafe owner Sherree Goldstein (center) to take two steps May 22 without being greeted by a barrage of well-wishers who were celebrating the power of recovery. “I think that not only do addicts think they’re hopeless, people tell them they’re hopeless. Believing in yourself is the first step,” said the Seeds of Hope awardee, who has been in 24 years of recovery herself. The 'A Night of Hope' celebration supported the Power Promises mission of helping women reclaim their lives from drug and/or alcohol addictions and, also, doing everything they can to reduce the likelihood of addiction in future generations. Chaired by Robert Levin and Dr. Kerry Bron, the event was held at the Rodef Shalom Congregation. Also pictured is Goldstein’s son, Daniel, and mother, Harriett Zion.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>kate benz  |  tribune-review</em></div>A NIGHT OF HOPE It was difficult for Square Cafe owner Sherree Goldstein (center) to take two steps May 22 without being greeted by a barrage of well-wishers who were celebrating the power of recovery. “I think that not only do addicts think they’re hopeless, people tell them they’re hopeless. Believing in yourself is the first step,” said the Seeds of Hope awardee, who has been in 24 years of recovery herself. The 'A Night of Hope' celebration supported the Power Promises mission of helping women reclaim their lives from drug and/or alcohol addictions and, also, doing everything they can to reduce the likelihood of addiction in future generations. Chaired by Robert Levin and Dr. Kerry Bron, the event was held at the Rodef Shalom Congregation. Also pictured is Goldstein’s son, Daniel, and mother, Harriett Zion.
Sewickley Photography, LLC - HAPPY RETIREMENT Glen and Diane Meakem (left) were among 150 guests celebrating the retirement of Grove City College president Richard Jewell (pictured with his wife, Dayl) on May 17. Held at the Meakem’s Sewickley manse, the event honored Jewell’s 11 years at the helm of the Christian liberal arts college located about an hour north of Pittsburgh.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Sewickley Photography, LLC</em></div>HAPPY RETIREMENT Glen and Diane Meakem (left) were among 150 guests celebrating the retirement of Grove City College president Richard Jewell (pictured with his wife, Dayl) on May 17. Held at the Meakem’s Sewickley manse, the event honored Jewell’s 11 years at the helm of the Christian liberal arts college located about an hour north of Pittsburgh.
John Altdorfer - GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY: Yale Gutnick was honored with the President’s Award on May 22 at the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania’s 50th annual Golden Quill Awards ceremony at the Sheraton Station Square. As general counsel for Trib Total Media, Gutnick has led the charge in court battles for the right to access government records— a process that can be arduous. Gutnick is senior shareholder with Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY: Yale Gutnick was honored with the President’s Award on May 22 at the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania’s 50th annual Golden Quill Awards ceremony at the Sheraton Station Square. As general counsel for Trib Total Media, Gutnick has led the charge in court battles for the right to access government records— a process that can be arduous. Gutnick is senior shareholder with Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky.
Kate Benz | tribune-review - A HERO’S WELCOME “I’m never surprised. It’s such a wonderful and worthy cause. So many are grateful to our veterans” said Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania executive director Al Mercer as a crush of 600 filtered into the Carnegie Music Hall for “A Tribute to Veterans.” Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness at the U.S. Department of Defense Jessica Wright was lauded with the Veteran of the Year Award, humbly accepting the accolades. “I was very surprised. I’m still surprised. I’m almost speechless,” she said. U.S. Marine Sgt. Doug Vitale received the Chairman’s Award for his inspiring determination to rebuild his life after losing his legs and suffering a series of strokes that left him unable to speak – injuries received from stepping on a roadside bomb’s pressure plate while deployed to Afghanistan in 2011. Also receiving accolades was Community Partner Awardee JulieHera DeStefano and Corporate Leader Awardee PNC Bank. The event was held on May 22. Pictured: Executive director Al Mercer, Volunteer of the Year Awardee Jessica Wright, and General Jerry Beck
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Kate Benz  |  tribune-review</em></div>A HERO’S WELCOME “I’m never surprised. It’s such a wonderful and worthy cause. So many are grateful to our veterans” said Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania executive director Al Mercer as a crush of 600 filtered into the Carnegie Music Hall for “A Tribute to Veterans.” Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness at the U.S. Department of Defense Jessica Wright was lauded with the Veteran of the Year Award, humbly accepting the accolades. “I was very surprised. I’m still surprised. I’m almost speechless,” she said. U.S. Marine Sgt. Doug Vitale received the Chairman’s Award for his inspiring determination to rebuild his life after losing his legs and suffering a series of strokes that left him unable to speak – injuries received from stepping on a roadside bomb’s pressure plate while deployed to Afghanistan in 2011. Also receiving accolades was Community Partner Awardee JulieHera DeStefano and Corporate Leader Awardee PNC Bank. The event was held on May 22. Pictured: Executive director Al Mercer, Volunteer of the Year Awardee Jessica Wright, and General Jerry Beck
Kate Benz | tribune-review - A HERO'S WELCOME: Dawn Rucker, JulieHera DeStefano, and Andrew Swensen
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Kate Benz  |  tribune-review</em></div>A HERO'S WELCOME: Dawn Rucker, JulieHera DeStefano, and Andrew Swensen
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