Annual UPMC McKeesport Invitational set for August
Plans are in full swing for the 37th annual UPMC McKeesport Invitational.
Festivities are Aug. 2 for the tennis event at The Club in Monroeville, Aug. 3 for the fashion show at Youghiogheny Country Club, and Aug. 4 for golf and dinner at YCC.
During the Corporate Sponsor Luncheon on Wednesday, McKeesport Hospital Foundation executive director Michele Matuch said there were only five sponsors the first year — National City (now PNC), Ed Phillips, Vista Metal, Kings Family Restaurants and Elizabeth Carbide Die Inc.
“Elizabeth Carbide was the first one to make a commitment to the Foundation,” she said, noting the business continues to be an Invitational sponsor.
Other sponsors include AEC Group Inc., E.R. Crawford Estate, Family Home Health Services and Three Rivers Family Hospice, Herbein + Co., IMAGE Associates Inc., Kane Regional Center, KU Resources Inc., Lions Clubs of Allegheny and Westmoreland counties, Lovorn Engineering, McKeesport Hospital Foundation, McKamish, Bill Merletti Brace Company Inc. and Bob Massie Toyota and Scion.
Also Mon Yough Area Chamber of Commerce, Guy Norelli Graphics, National Rehab, PNC Institutional Investments, Paradigm Medical Management, Professional Healthcare Development, Riverside Care Center, Ruthrauff Inc., Rycon Construction, Select Specialty Hospital of McKeesport, Senior Care Plaza, Soluble Systems, Sturman & Larkin Ford, Sunray Electric Supply Company, The Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Tom Clark Chevrolet, TransCare Ambulance, The Daily News/Trib Total Media, UPMC, UPMC Mercy, UPMC Health Plan, UPMC McKeesport, UPMC McKeesport medical staff, Volpatt Construction Corp. and YCC Associates Corp.
Chronicling the event's history, Matuch said it began with a vision in 1977.
“Dr. Frank Bondi had a great vision for community hospitals like McKeesport. He was a visionary because he knew that for a community hospital like McKeesport to have other things to offer, you had to raise money. Dr. Frank Bondi was always coming up with some way to raise money for extra programs,” she said.
The fundraiser started as just a golf outing in 1977 — the first golf outing event in Western Pennsylvania, she said.
This year marks 24 years that the tennis and fashion show components have been part of the festivities.
Corporate sponsors were introduced in 1991, the first year proceeds were earmarked for a specific project at the hospital.
“Proceeds were earmarked for cardiac catheterization services that first year,” Matuch said, noting it was Invitational funding that initiated that program.
Through the years, programs and services have reaped the benefit of $2.7 million in support from the Invitational. Proceeds from the three-day event will benefit enhancements in magnetic resonance imaging and wound-healing services at UPMC McKeesport.
Other programs that have been the beneficiary of funding include the Lions Diabetes Center, state-of-the-art CT scanner and radiology, the geriatric transportation program, graduate medical and community health education, community outreach health care initiatives, nuclear cardiology and minimal invasive surgery, state-of-the-art digital mammography and neighborhood cancer care initiatives, highlighting technological advancements in health care delivery at the hospital.
Those in charge of the event are Irving J. Latterman, Rebecca Shaw McHolme, D. James Heatherington, Cynthia M. Dorundo, Dr. Donald Beck, Dr. Richard P. Bondi, Dr. Mehboob Chaudhry, tennis co-chairs Dr. Andemeskel Tesfamariam and Dr. Mohammad Idrees, golf chair Dr. R. Curtis Waligura, fashion show co-chairs Cheryl Como and Judy Haliko, McKeesport Hospital Foundation staff, Carl Kovski, Matuch and Meg Pero.
During the luncheon, special projects director at the hospital Jim Spindler said one way that available services are made known to the community is through special events like Head to Toe Health and Beauty Showcase, which will debut May 30. The event at Youghiogheny Country Club is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will feature a variety of presentations that focus on women's health and numerous vendors. Cost is $35 and includes hors d'oeuvres and desserts.
“We want to reach outside of the hospital walls to engage the community whenever we can,” Spindler said, saying it promotes the services provided at the facility.
“It's our mission of getting health care into the community with health screenings and education information to help people remain healthy,” he said, “and to give them information about where to go for assistance if they need it.”
Updates were given by radiology chairman Dr. Srinivas Iyer of the advancements in imaging services available at UPMC McKeesport and by vice president of operations Amy L. Bush of the new Aging Institute Resource Center that recently opened at the facility.
Carol Waterloo Frazier is an editor for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1916, or email@example.com.