Awards of Distinction

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2014 Special Events

Awards of Distinction Pittsburgh

Presenting Sponsor: Eden Hall Foundation

Friday, May 16, 2014
Omni William Penn
530 William Penn Place, 17th Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Welcome Reception ~ 11:30 a.m.
Lunch & Program ~ Noon

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Each year Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania selects women, girls and a corporation for their outstanding service and leadership to the Pittsburgh Community. We are proud to honor the following as part of the 2014 Awards of Distinction:

2014 Women of Distinction
Arts & Education: Mariyln Michalka Egan, PhD, Pittsburgh Opera
Athletics: Swin Cash, Pittsburgh Native, WNBA Player- Chicago Sky
Business: Susan Baker Shipley, Huntington Bank
Community & Non-Profit: Patricia Siger, United Way of Allegheny County
Entrepreneur & Small Business: Lani Lazzari, Simple Sugars
Government & Law: Patricia Dodge, Meyer, Unkovic & Scott LLP
Health Care: Candi Castleberry-Singleton, UPMC Center for Inclusion
Technology & Communication: Patricia Rote, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University

Corporation of Distinction: COMCAST
Girl Scout Humanitarian Award: Veronica Brueggman, Senior, South Park High School
Girl of Distinction: Laura Sosovicka, Sophomore, North Allegheny High School

Honorary Committee:
Ellen A. Roth, PhD, Getting to the Point, Inc., Honorary Chair
Ritchie Battle
Tracy Certo, NEXTpittsburgh
Linda Dickerson, 501©(3)2
Ann Dugan, University of Pittsburgh
Karen Wolk Feinstein, PhD, Jewish Healthcare Foundation
Hilda Pang Fu, Luminari
Sylvia V. Hill-Fields, Eden Hall Foundation
Elsie Hillman, Elsie H. Hillman Foundation
Diane P. Holder, UPMC Health Plan
Margaret P. Joy, McCarthy McDonald Schulberg & Joy
Anne Lewis, Board Chair, Oxford Development Company
Catherine Loevner, Catherine and Mark H. Loevner Family Foundation
Aradhna M. Oliphant, Leadership Pittsburgh Inc.
Peggy Morrison Outon, Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management
Valerie McDonald Roberts, Chief Urban Affairs, Mayor's Office
Jeannette E. South-Paul, MD, UPMC

Event Committee Members: Dr. Barbara Barnes, UPMC, Maris Bondi, UPMC Health Plan, Carla Barricella, Jewish Healthcare Foundation, Christina Brussalis, The Hill Group, Phyllis Comer, PA Department of Education Commissioner, Sylvia Diez, PNC Bank, Jessica Galardini, JRG Advisors, Nicole King, EQT, and Jennifer Susco, UBS.

Thank you to our Event Sponsors (List in order of commitment): Eden Hall Foundation, GEICO, UPMC Health Plan & UPMC, Comcast, Jewish Healthcare Foundation, Meyer, Unkovic, & Scott LLC., Pittsburgh Business Times, BNY Mellon, Elsie H. Hillman Foundation, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, JRG Advisors, PPG Industries Inc., RTI International Metals Inc., United States Steel Corporation, University of Pittsburgh and Wells Fargo.

Girl Scout Cookie Sponsor: Getting to the Point, Inc.
Media Sponsors: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh Magazine
Printing Sponsor: Knepper Press


Johnstown Awards of Distinction Dinner

Monday, April 28, 2014
Sunnehanna Country Club
1000 Sunnehanna Drive Johnstown, PA 15905-2100
5:30 p.m. Private Reception
6:30 p.m. Dinner & Program
• Keynote Speaker: Ms. Phebe Novakovic, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of General Dynamics
• Community Service Award Recipient: Stella Somiari, Senior Director, Windber Research Institute
Honorary Chair: Joyce Murtha
Event Chair: David Davis, Enterprise Ventures Corporation

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Platinum Sponsor: General Dynamics and Concurrent Technologies Corporation

Celebrating its 37th year, the Johnstown Dinner has honored countless men and women from the Johnstown area for their efforts in the community and hosted outstanding public keynote speakers who have inspired and captivated attendees at this annual event.

Thank you to our Event Sponsors (List in order of commitment): Concurrent Technologies Corporation, General Dynamics, GEICO, UPMC Health Plan, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, United States Steel Corporation and Wells Fargo.


Erie Awards of Distinction Luncheon

Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Bayfront Convention Center
1 Sassafras Pier, Erie, PA 16507
11:00 a.m. Welcome Reception & Raffle
11:30 a.m. Lunch & Program
Honorary Chair: Colleen Stumpf, Quinn Law Firm

Nominate your troop for the 2014 Troop of Distinction HERE

The Erie Awards of Distinction is an excellent luncheon for women and girls to gather in the spirit of Girl Scouting. In its sixth year, 2014 Awards will be presented to an outstanding organization, Girl Scout Troop and woman for their efforts.

Thank you to our Event Sponsors (List in order of commitment): GEICO, UPMC Health Plan, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, United States Steel Corporation and Wells Fargo.

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