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Actor Manganiello joins Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh board of trustees

Ben Schmitt
| Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016, 12:00 p.m.
Actor and Mt. Lebanon native Joe Manganiello visits with patients at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC while in town for Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation’s 125th Anniversary Gala. Manganiello takes pictures with hospital patient Benita Lippold, 16, of Robinson and her mother Diane while touring the Lawrenceville facility.
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Actor and Mt. Lebanon native Joe Manganiello visits with patients at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC while in town for Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation’s 125th Anniversary Gala. Manganiello takes pictures with hospital patient Benita Lippold, 16, of Robinson and her mother Diane while touring the Lawrenceville facility.

Actor Joe Manganiello has been named to the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation board of trustees.

“I am proud to be from Pittsburgh and from a community that cares about its kids,” Manganiello, who grew up in Mt. Lebanon, said in a statement Tuesday. “It has always been my plan that if my career got to a certain level, I would use that platform to help the children's hospital of my hometown.

“This world-class institution is a place for hope and healing, and a place that makes things fun for kids who are dealing with so much. One day, you can see Batman washing the windows, and the next day attend an art therapy session. I want to spread the word so everyone will know what an amazing place this is.

“That is why I became involved in the first place and why I'm honored to have been asked to increase my role as a board member.”

Manganiello, who played the character Alcide in the HBO series “True Blood,” is married to actress Sofía Vergara. He has been supportive of Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC over the past several years.

“It's unbelievable to see how much Joe has become invested in our charity and brought his talent and passion to help spread our philanthropic message to a national audience,” said Greg Barrett, president of the Children's Foundation. “The impact and creativity he will bring overall will be instrumental in enhancing our mission, and we look forward to working on many programs and campaigns with him in the future.”

Manganiello is honorary chair of the new Masterpiece of Hope Campaign that will raise funds to support the creative and expressive arts therapy program at the hospital.

The program offers therapeutic activities tailored to meet the needs of patients and their families.

“I know how passionate people in Pittsburgh are about the arts,” Manganiello said. “We want these people to become heroes for young patients and for the arts by supporting this campaign.”

Ben Schmitt is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-320-7991 or bschmitt@tribweb.com.

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