11th Annual “Shake Your Booties” Event Raises $240,000

mPattiGhubrilwithFrancoDanaHarriscreditRickArmstrongThe Children’s Home of Pittsburgh & Lemieux Family Center held its 11th annual signature fundraising event, Shake Your Booties on Saturday, March 31, 2012 at Heinz Field, with a crowd of nearly 500, raising $240,000 for its programs.

The Children’s Home honored Pittsburgh Hero Franco Harris for his continued commitment to the region’s children and families in the areas of education, health, wellness and overcoming disabilities. The event was also the first occasion commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the “Immaculate Reception.”

Mario and Nathalie Lemieux, Jim Rooney and Mrs. Patricia Rooney graciously served as Honorary Chairs.

Event co-chairs Julie Kline and Maureen Oehrle organized an evening of entertainment with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a seated dinner, program, and silent and live auctions. One lucky winner walked away with a $5,000 one carat brilliant cut diamond, donated by Henne Jewelers and $500 towards a custom setting of their choice, in the Fabulous Diamond Raffle. Throughout the evening guests were able to “shake their booties” to the live musical entertainment of Cityscape.

“It was truly a celebration of hope as hundreds of our friends gathered to honor our mission of strengthening families while paying tribute to Franco Harris, a legendary hero who has dedicated his life in his charitable work to the region’s children,” said Pamela Schanwald, CEO of The Children’s Home & Lemieux Family Center. “We are deeply grateful to our generous donors who support our cause with great pride.”

All proceeds raised from Shake Your Booties directly supports the programs of The Children’s Home & Lemieux Family Center: Adoption, Child’s Way®, and the Pediatric Specialty Hospital.

About The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh & Lemieux Family Center

The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh, established in 1893, is an independent, non-profit licensed organization that promotes the health and well-being of infants and children through services which establish and strengthen the family. These programs include: Adoption — serving infants, birthparents and persons seeking to adopt, Child’s Way® — a pediatric extended care center serving medically fragile infants and children, and a 24-bed Pediatric Specialty Hospital —  infant and pediatric units that provide short-term transitional care from hospital to home for children who are technology dependent and who may suffer from life-threatening illnesses. For more information, please call 412-441-4884 or visit www.childrenshomepgh.org.

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