When moms in the Hill District need a safe place for their kids to go after school, they go to the Y.
When adults from the Hill District need access to computers to further their careers or education, they go to the Y.
And when Hill District seniors need physical activities to keep them fit, they go to the Y.
For nearly a century, the Y has been the “go-to” place for Hill District residents. Now the Y can serve an additional 1,000 residents through the new Thelma Lovette YMCA, which opened in April 2012, and it’s celebrating with the 5th Annual Hill of Hope Gala, “A Milestone in our Mission.”
The Hill of Hope Gala, sponsored by Highmark, will take place on Saturday, October 13th at the Marriott City Center at 112 Washington Place in downtown Pittsburgh. The event will begin at 6:00 p.m. with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, followed by dinner and dancing. The media are invited to attend.
“For almost 100 years, the YMCA has been a center for culture, physical fitness and community in the Hill District,” said Aaron Gibson, executive director of the Centre Avenue and Thelma Lovette YMCA branches. “With the opening of the Thelma Lovette YMCA in April, this year has marked an important milestone in our ability to expand our service to the Hill District community. This year’s Hill of Hope Gala will celebrate that milestone and give our friends and neighbors the opportunity to show their support for our mission and ensure that we can continue serving the residents of the Hill for many years to come.”
Phil and Sandra Hundley will be honorary co-chairs of the gala. Phil Hundley is a member of the YMCA Metropolitan Board of Directors and is one of the principals of DRS Architects, which designed the Thelma Lovette Y. The gala will also recognize the outstanding contributions of Rev. Glenn G. Grayson for the work with The Center that C.A.R.E.S. (Children/Adult Recreational and Educational Services), which connects youth and adults with educational programs to help them achieve their life goals.
Tickets for the Hill of Hope Gala are $100 per person, and all proceeds will benefit the Y’s Building Bridges Campaign, which provides financial assistance to those who otherwise would not be able to afford to participate in Y programs.