3rd Annual Healthy Neighborhoods Celebration Brings Together Partners, Allies, and Other Guests at the Carnegie Museum of Art1 Comment
On Thursday, October 24th, Neighborhood Allies hosted its 3rd Annual Healthy Neighborhoods Celebration to honor the people and organizations working hard every day to create healthy, thriving neighborhoods across Pittsburgh.
Photos by Monica Godfrey Photography. View the full photo gallery here.
Nearly 200 partners, allies, and other guests attended the 3rd Annual Healthy Neighborhoods Celebration, where 6 awardees were honored for their outstanding work creating and maintaining healthy neighborhoods across Pittsburgh, the Fall Real Estate Co-Powerment Series Graduates received their certificates, and attendees were given the chance to connect and learn about the collaborative projects occurring in their communities. The event was held at the Carnegie Museum of Art in the Music Hall foyer and included entertainment from Kind of Blue Jazz Band, hors d’voures, networking, and more! Guests were free to grab some swag at our Neighborhood Allies info table or view the full-length awardee videos in the Music Hall prior to programming and after closing.
During the program, we also celebrated the 6th cohort of graduates from the Real Estate Co-Powerment Series. Attendees heard from a new graduate, Paron Bey, about his motivation to enroll in the course and how his new knowledge is already impacting his life. Just recently, he has completed all of his required courses and is preparing to take his real estate license test to become a certified real estate agent!The program also featured remarks from Tamara Cartwright, Neighborhood Allies Program Manager for Social Impact Design, about our Love My Neighbor! resident grant program and its decision making body – the Grassroots Grantmaking Commitee.
Guided by the Healthy Neighborhoods Framework and focusing on asset-based community development that is visible and immediate, the Love My Neighbor! program encourages community leadership and ownership, celebrates neighborhood image, expands networks among residents, and strengthens the capacity of new and existing resident-led initiatives. Because residents of our focus neighborhoods are able to attend for free, the celebration serves as another opportunity for GGC members and Love My Neighbor! grantees to network with nonprofit organizations and learn how to get involved with other grassroots efforts throughout the city.
The awards ceremony featured six awardees – one for each of our Healthy Neighborhood elements, plus an award for our Ally of the Year. Each awardee truly embodied the spirit of our Healthy Neighborhood elements – Market Confidence, Quality of Life, Neighborhood Image, Community Ownership, and Equitable Development. In addition, our Ally of the Year works tirelessly for her community each and every day and represents the true definition of a neighborhood ally. All of them show consistent and immense amounts of passion and dedication to this work. Meet our 2019 Awardees and see how they are building healthy neighborhoods in this video:
We want to thank everyone for making our 3rd Annual Healthy Neighborhoods Celebration a success! To our awardees – your dedication to creating healthy neighborhoods is the reason that we can envision a Pittsburgh livable for all. To our partners – your continuous support means that we can work toward our mission every day. And to our sponsors – we couldn’t carry out this work without you! A special thanks to our Presenting Sponsor, PNC Bank!
Know of a person or organization who is working to build healthy neighborhoods in Pittsburgh? Nominate them for the 2020 Healthy Neighborhoods Celebration!
Thank you to all of our event sponsors: