The recipients of the annual Women’s Board of Pittsburgh fundraiser have been revealed.
Grants will be distributed to not just one or two, but three local charities whose mission is to improve the lives of children.
• 412 Boxing, a group associated with the Police Athletic League that provides gym equipment, boxing/lifestyle lessons and mentoring to underprivileged youth.
• Project Theia, which provides eye exams and follow-up care, including eyeglasses.
• Propel Schools Homestead, one of the public charter school networks transforming the lives of children in underserved communities through student-centered learning.
“For the first time in our history, we selected recipients after the event so that we could match the funds raised with the funding requested by the nominated organizations,” said club member Lisa Bowden.
The Women’s Council luncheon held May 6 at the Pittsburgh Field Club marked her 30th anniversary and raised $73,000.
Founded in 1991, the Women’s Board began with a small group of friends who wanted to improve the lives of children in the Pittsburgh area.
The first year, a fundraising luncheon raised $1,200. Since then, the total raised by a group of 70 volunteers has exceeded $1.2 million.
Past donations have gone to help children with food, books, technology and entertainment.
The 2022 event included a cocktail party and fashion show, as well as a virtual cooking demonstration and auction.
Bowden said board members are working hard to plan surprises for the 2023 fundraiser.
“One thing is certain. Thanks to the commitment and generosity of our guests and sponsors, we can continue to fulfill our mission to support the well-being and development of children in Pittsburgh,” she said.