Contact: Allegheny County District Attorney, Stephen A. Zappala, Jr. (412)350-4198
Contact: Judith A Bannon, Founder - Cribs for Kids® (412)322-5680, ext 3, firstname.lastname@example.org
9th Annual Celebrate and Share Event Recognizes Pittsburgh “Women of Achievement”
Allegheny Health Network Sponsors Awards Dinner Benefiting Cribs for Kids® Safe Sleep Initiative
Pittsburgh, PA – February 12, 2014 District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala, Jr. and his wife Mary Zappala will host the 9th Annual Celebrate & Share - Women of Achievement Awards Dinner sponsored by Allegheny Health Network on Wednesday, March 6, 2014 at the Omni William Penn Hotel.
The event honors 26 Pittsburgh-area women selected by a committee of their peers for their outstanding accomplishments which have significantly contributed to the success and advancement of the city. Proceeds benefit Cribs for Kids National Infant Safe Sleep Initiative; an organization that Zappala helped found in Pittsburgh in 1998.
“Each year the women that we honor inspire me to be a better leader and a better representative of our community. Mary and I look forward to hearing about the positive contributions made by this year’s group and sincerely hope that their desire to achieve is passed along to the next generation of young women.”
The event is presented by the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office and will kick off the observance of Women's History Month, which is traditionally celebrated in March. Celebrate & Share founders Bonnie DiCarlo and JoAnn Forrester co-chair the planning committee each year and are pleased to present the 2014 honorees:
Abby Bolton, Regina Broudy, Darieth Chisolm, Chris Cieslak, Rosann Cusumano-Elinsky, Joann Cusumano-Sciulli, Deborah Flaherty, Alma Speed Fox, Jane Grebenc, LaVerne Darnell, Dr. Karen A. Hacker, Mary Jo Harwood, Deborah W. Linhart, Charlotte E. Lott, Carol B. Mitchell, Josephine B. Moore, Carol A. Neyland, Marianne Oliver, Titina Ott, Diane M. Pearson, Donna C. Peterman, Michele Rice, Eleanor Schano, Joan Stein, Christy Uffelman and Debra R. Valentine-Gray.
Allegheny Health Network, a leading provider of comprehensive health and wellness services for women and infants is this year’s title sponsor of the awards dinner.
Allegheny Health Network provides women’s and infants’ care services at 39 locations with 90 obstetrics and gynecologic physicians offering advanced, personalized care focused on women’s and infants’ needs, from labor and delivery to Level II and III Neonatal Intensive Care, to childbirth education. More than 5,000 babies were delivered last year at Allegheny Health Network’s West Penn, Forbes and Saint Vincent Hospitals.
“The Safe Sleep Initiative is a cause close to the hearts of all of us who work in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit,” said Nilima Karamchandani, MD, Medical Director of the West Penn Hospital NICU, and one of the first “Women of Achievement” honorees. “We salute the work of District Attorney Zappala, Celebrate & Share and Cribs for Kids in helping ensure all babies can sleep safely.”
Proceeds benefit Cribs for Kids®, an organization that provides safe sleep education to new mothers and Graco Pack ‘n Play® portable cribs to families in an effort to reduce the risk of accidental, infant sleep-related deaths due to unsafe sleep environments. For more information on Cribs for Kids or to attend the March 6th event go tohttp://cribsforkids.org/womenofachievementawards/ or call 412-322-5680 ext. 5.
A VIP Reception for the honorees, sponsors, and the media will be held at Scoglio’s Greentree on Feb. 19, 6-8 p.m.