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Negri among Celebration of Champions honorees in Pittsburgh

| Sunday, June 21, 2015, 9:00 p.m.
Accepting on behalf of her mother Cindy, Candice Bostick joins award winners Joe Negri and Sylvia McCoy during the Celebration of Champions at the  Sheraton Station Square on the Southside. June 18, 2015.
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Accepting on behalf of her mother Cindy, Candice Bostick joins award winners Joe Negri and Sylvia McCoy during the Celebration of Champions at the Sheraton Station Square on the Southside. June 18, 2015.
James O'Conner joins fellow award winners Nancy Stitt and Jim Jen during the Celebration of Champions at the  Sheraton Station Square on the Southside. June 18, 2015.
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James O'Conner joins fellow award winners Nancy Stitt and Jim Jen during the Celebration of Champions at the Sheraton Station Square on the Southside. June 18, 2015.
Pyramid Hotel Group vice president of operations Keith Hess  joins Sheration Station Square general manager Roger Life during the Celebration of Champions at the  Sheraton Station Square on the Southside. June 18, 2015.
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Pyramid Hotel Group vice president of operations Keith Hess joins Sheration Station Square general manager Roger Life during the Celebration of Champions at the Sheraton Station Square on the Southside. June 18, 2015.

Seven thousand community votes received over a mere five days cinched it for six area movers and shakers during the inaugural Celebration of Champions awards hosted by the Sheraton Station Square on June 18.

“These individuals are highly thought of in the fields that they represent,” said GM Roger Life.

Nancy Stitt (Health Care), Jim Jen (Technology), Cindy Bostick (Education), Sylvia McCoy (Tourism & Hospitality), James O'Conner (First Responders/Military/Veterans), and Joe Negri (Entertainment) were chosen from 24 finalists — all recognized for their diligent pursuit of making Pittsburgh a better place.

The hotel donated $1,000 per winner to the charity of their choice. With social media and the internet driving the vetting process, hotel brass was “overwhelmed” by the positive response the program received.

“This is part of the community involvement that each of our hotels actively pursues,” said vice president of operations Keith Hess.

Kate Benz is the society columnist for Trib Total Media and can be reached at kbenz@tribweb.com, 412-380-8515 or via Twitter @KateBenzTRIB.

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