Reed Smith LLP Presents
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
|Place:||Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh
10 Children’s Way, Allegheny Square, Pittsburgh PA 15212
|Time:||6-9 p.m. for regular admission|
Come to will call for admission.
Includes 5:30 early admission, exclusive wines, passed hors d'oeuvres and preferred parking, located in the gated lot of the Children’s Museum.
We are no longer taking reservations for this event. Thank you for your interest.
We look forward to seeing all our attendees at the event.
2 Local Girls Sweet & Savory Treats
\Jackie & Chuck Fusina
FedEx GroundAnn Turnbull Family
\Carson Industries, Inc.
PRINT MEDIA SPONSOR:
Amy Kapusta - Committee Chairperson
FRIENDS OF THE COMMITTEE
Sponsor this event! Call HEARTH today!
Amy Kapusta simply brims with joie de vivre. Her energy and enthusiasm are contagious. That’s why this year’s premeire HEARTH fund raiser is going to be so much fun. Amy is the chair of this fall’s The Art of Wine and Food event. But that’s not the only volunteer position she has at HEARTH. Some 16 years ago Amy moved back to North Hills from Florida where she had fled to escape our Western Pennsylvania winters. This time she was not alone, but pregnant with her son Tyler and believing that this area was a better place to raise a child than the beaches of the Gulf Coast - better schools, more stable communities, family nearby, etc., she decided she could live with the cold weather.
Living in the neighborhood with her son Tyler, Amy had always been curious about the big brick building on the hill, the former Zoar Home now HEARTH. She has always been interested in architecture and old buildings and was pleased when she heard that the landmark building was to be put into use again. She says the irony was not lost on her that in a place where single women had come to “hide out” to have their children and have them adopted, was now a place where women could come and find a way to make a real home for their children. As a single parent herself, she appreciates the struggle to make a living and provide for a child, but knows, as well, that it can be done.
She made an appointment at HEARTH to see how she could contribute and, she confesses, she was curious to see the inside of the remodeled building. Because Amy thinks it is important for kids to volunteer and give back, she was looking for something she could do together with her son Tyler then age 14. So they signed up to manage the HEARTH store where HEARTH program participants can access all those items not covered by the federal food stamp program. Things like soap and toothpaste and toilet paper and diapers – the stuff most of us just pick up at the super market and never think about. Women at HEARTH earn credits at the store by completing steps in their individual plans for independence. Amy feels strongly that people should know that the women at HEARTH are not simply given everything they need. They have to work hard during their stay at HEARTH to become independent bread winners for the family.
Last year Amy joined the Art of Wine and Food Committee and, naturally, her commitment led to her becoming the chairperson for this year’s event. She had organized some black-tie events in Florida and had helped a friend with a few small fundraising events in Pittsburgh, but this was an undertaking of a whole different order. “There are so many moving parts to this event,” she said. The food purveyors, the wine tables, the silent auction, the wine tasting class, the information about HEARTH, and on and on - so many details that all have to work together. This year there will be live music in the VIP room and some interesting twists on helping to share information about HEARTH. And with Amy in charge you know it will be lively!
When asked if she had a magic lamp and could have one wish, Amy said that she would wish that all people would be more grateful for what they have and realize that there will always be people with more, but there will also always be people with less and that is where the opportunity lies for all of us to give back, even if we sometimes feel we don’t have much.
- Allegheny Traditional Academy
Street parking is free after 6 PM
Directions to Lot: From either Federal Street or Arch Street, turn LEFT onto North Avenue. Turn RIGHT onto Sherman Ave. (at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church). Make a LEFT onto Greeves Way. Turn LEFT at the stop sign. Make an immediate LEFT into the lot. A security guard is on duty until 10 PM.
Event Photo archives:
View 2014 photos on Blacktie-pittsburgh.com
View 2014 Wine and Food Event photos on the WPSI website.
View 2014 photos on Snapfish.