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Women’s Board raises $90,000 for Wilkinsburg-based Hosanna House

Tawnya Panizzi
Gloria Nelson, Hosanna House Director of Development and Social Impact, with Leon Haynes III, Hosanna House founding CEO, celebrate a donation from the Women’s Board of Pittsburgh that will support the group’s summer camps.
Julianne Fallert, Kim Gordon and Susan Boyle of the Women’s Board of Pittsburgh, along with Gloria Nelson, Leon Haynes III and Tammi McMillan of Hosanna House, during a donation to support Hosanna’s summer camps.

The Women’s Board of Pittsburgh broke its own record with its 2019 fundraising luncheon.

The Fox Chapel-based group brought in $90,000 to benefit Hosanna House, Inc., a multi-purpose health and human service organization assisting more than 35,000 people a year in Wilkinsburg and nearby communities.

“It was a fantastic outpouring of generous attendees,” Julianne Fallert, Women’s Board president, said.

The mission of Hosanna House is to provide opportunities that empower families to discover and develop their potential, according to its website.

Money from the luncheon, hosted in January at the Fox Chapel Golf Club, will assist Hosanna House with summer camp curriculum.

“They have two locations, one on Wallace Avenue in Wilkinsburg and the other on Sherwood Drive, near Forest Hills,” Fallert said. “The Sherwood Drive location is new for them and will be the location for summer campers with a swimming pool, outdoor dek hockey, hiking and classroom space for their aviation lab.”

This year’s luncheon was themed “Bridging Communities Through Hope.” It was the 27th annual fundraiser for the Women’s Board, through which money is raised to support children’s groups throughout the Pittsburgh region. Past recipients have included the Sharpsburg Community Library, which launched STEAM programs with the money, and Operation Backpack, which feeds children in the Fox Chapel Area School District.

To date, the board has donated more than $745,000 for programs benefiting children, Fallert said.

“I was so overwhelmed by the enthusiasm everyone had and actually, we walked into the event with more than half of the proceeds raised,” she said.

“The women that work as volunteers for this organization have blown me away.”

Tawnya Panizzi is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tawnya at 412-782-2121 x1512, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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