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14th Annual Celebrating Senior Champions Dinner and Auction

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Mark your calendars for Thursday, October 27, 2022, and join the celebration at the Westin!

The 14th Annual Celebrating Senior Champions Dinner and Auction recognizes the accomplishments of an outstanding individual and two organizations for their life’s work and compassion in serving the senior population in our region. The celebration is hosted by UPMC Senior Services and UPMC Western Behavioral Health.

Dr. Susan Greenspan Senior ChampionSusan L. Greenspan, MD
Professor of Medicine and Clinical and Translational Science,
Division of Geriatrics, University of Pittsburgh
Director, UPMC Osteoporosis Prevention and Treatment Center
Director, Bone Health at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital

The Grand Champion Award is the highest honor presented and is bestowed annually to an individual who has provided unparalleled leadership in improving the lives of seniors. Susan L. Greenspan, MD has been selected to receive this distinguished honor for her strong leadership and dedication to the well-being of frail adults. Her commitment to seniors will leave a lasting mark on our region for many years to come.

UPMC WBH at Mon Young Community ChampionUPMC Western Behavioral Health at Mon Yough
Formerly Mon Yough Community Services

Christine Hogan-Zellefrow, MS
Director of Clinical Care Services

The Community Champion Award, given annually to recognize exceptional organizational leadership to improve the lives of seniors, goes to UPMC Western Behavioral Health at Mon Yough, formerly Mon Yough Community Services. Founded on the belief that a community is only as strong as its members, the former Mon Yough Community Services (MYCS) is a pillar of strength in the region.

Since 1969, MYCS has provided critical mental health services to aging adults in the McKeesport and Mon Valley area. As of June 1, 2020, MYCS officially began doing business as “UPMC Western Behavioral Health at Mon Yough.” Mon Yough continues to provide a variety of community-based services benefiting seniors with mental health recovery and management as patients of UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital and in licensed personal care residential facilities around Pittsburgh.

Hope Grows represented by Lisa Story Community ChampionHope Grows, Cultivating Caregiver Wellness
Lisa Story
Founder and Executive Director

The Caregiver Champion Award recognizes an extraordinary organization that champions for the well-being of seniors through innovative efforts to influence care and awareness of seniors and their caregivers. Hope Grows, founded and directed by Lisa Story, has been selected to receive the honor for its outstanding devotion to the wellness of seniors and their families.

It is the mission of Hope Grows to inspire hope through nature while empowering caregivers to seek wellness of mind, body, and spirit. The staff and a network of volunteers provide personalized assistance, therapeutic services, and resources for caregivers at any point in their journey, regardless of their financial means.

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$175 Per Person
$1,700 Per Group of 10 Guests

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UPMC Senior Communities Benevolent Care Fund

Providing ease of mind to seniors who have outlived their financial resources. UPMC Senior Communities is committed to taking care of long-time residents and seeing them through troubling times. More than $19 million annually in uncompensated care and charitable relief is provided by UPMC Senior Communities to residents who have outlived their financial resources. A special commitment has been made to assist those long-time residents who are depleting their life savings and are in need of charitable care. Gifts to the Benevolent Care Fund support frail residents when they are least able to help themselves.

UPMC Western Behavioral Health

Providing mental health programs directly benefiting seniors, UPMC Western Behavioral Health offers seniors care at all levels. From outpatient, residential, crisis, and inpatient, seniors receive mental health services that specifically support their needs. The Making Minds Matter at UPMC Western Behavioral Health Fund has been established to benefit patient experiences and employee education.

Since 2009, the Celebrating Senior Champions event has presented over $1.8 million in net proceeds to further charitable care.

UPMC is committed to providing a safe and welcoming home for older adults where they may remain active and independent for as long as possible and have easy access to nationally recognized health resources if their care needs change. As a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, charitable contributions are gratefully accepted from families, friends, and community partners to help support residents in financial need.