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A Record-Breaker: The Richard S. Caliguiri City of Pittsburgh GREAT RACE

26 Sep

Today’s “Great Race” of Pittsburgh – held in honor of the late mayor Richard S. Caliguiri and benefitting amyloidosis research, has broken a record…before the race even began!

The 32nd annual City of Pittsburgh Great Race is “sold out” – reaching a record number of 14,000 participants for today’s run.

The race features a 10K run, a 5K run, and a 5K walk, and is sponsored by Highmark, Dollar Bank, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Allegheny General Hospital, DelMonte, KDKA, the Pittsburgh CW, Pittsburgh Magazine, the Port Authority, Bob FM, Q 92.9, and the Allegheny Regional Asset District – a.k.a. RAD.

The Great Race is making efforts to “go greener” this year. According to the official website, “The Great Race is partnering with the Pennsylvania Resources Council (PRC) and the City’s Recycling Division to expand the event’s green initiative.

This year The Great Race is seeking local certification through Zero Waste Pittsburgh (a project of PRC) and national certification through the Council for Responsible Sport in recognition of its environmental efforts. Look for recycling and composting containers along the course route and at Point State Park.”

Participants can check out their scores and standings online after the race. Results will be announced at http://www.rungreatrace.com/results.htm the afternoon of September 26th, 2010. Prizes include trophies and plaques. The Richard S. Caliguiri Award is given to the first male and female Pittsburgh resident to finish the 10K race….and, they have to be true ‘Burghers,as the winner has to be a resident for at least 6 months prior to the race.

ANYONE can join in – there are special awards given to those in the wheelchair race, and for “juniors” – the kids who are participating.

I’ll be there supporting my fiance…….go Mike! Maybe next year, my knee will let me participate 🙂

Good luck to all of the participants – and kudos to all of you!

For more info, check out http://www.rungreatrace.com

Puttin’ On the GLITZ – Glitzburgh: Glamour Meets Giving ~ A Black & Gold Affair – TONIGHT!

23 May

Tonight is the first annual Glitzburgh Glamour Meets Giving Fundraiser Event benefitting the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

The event will be held at the new FATE Lounge in the Strip District and will surely prove to be a “who’s who” of Pittsburgh. Local athletes, celebrities, and performers will take the stage at 8:30 for a fashion show, hosted by DJ Mike Ryan of 96.1 KISS fm, and featuring designs from the hottest local designers and boutiques including Sew Addicted, Shop.412 and Decade Pittsburgh.

Singer Danielle Barbe is expected to perform, Miss Pennsylvania Gina Cerilli and Miss Teen Pennsylvania Elena LaQuatra will be walking in the fashion show alongside some of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Gladys Magazine and Whirl Magazine will be in attendance, as well as appearances from Ashley Elmore from The Bachelor, Kellee Maize, Anthony Jardine, other local performers and celebrities, and more.

The desirable silent auction will include not only a LADY GAGA prize pack but also prizes from the Pittsburgh Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, the Las Velas restaurant, Serendipity, Friends of the Riverfront, and many others.

Guests are encouraged to enjoy the remainder of the evening at FATE following the runway show and silent auction winner announcements.

Proceeds from the evening benefit Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh which is consistently ranked among the best pedatric hospitals in the nation, and, even the world.

I’ll be live-tweeting from the event @Glitzburgh and will post a follow-up review of the evening in the coming days, so, stay tuned!

For a video about the event check out: http://kdka.com/video/?id=72290@kdka.dayport.com

You can come to the event, too! Tickets can be purchased at the door tonight for $25.00 tonight! Come to FATE – 1650 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Doors Open at 7!

Dress to IMPRESS! Put on Ritz, Glitz, and Glam……and keep it Black and Gold!

Glitzburgh – where Glamour Meets Giving – a Black and Gold Affair! Presented by Celtic Charities, Orion Management Group, Sports Legends Group, and FATE Lounge!

Big Ben Article in Sports Illustrated: Is his Image Beyond Repair?

7 May

I pose this question to EVERYONE – PR professionals, women, Steeler fans, sports analysts, old ladies, religious zealots, people who care, people who don’t care – is Big Ben’s image beyond repair? Moreoever, does it deserve repair? Does he deserve a 2nd chance?

If you haven’t read the 5-page article on Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in Sports Illustrated yet, read it. (And, to you, from me, a present – here’s the link: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1169185/index.htm)

We already knew the facts: young, super star quarterback. Was in a motorcycle accident. Was accused of sexual assault once. Then again. Rumors swirled of more “covered up” allegations. All of the sudden, local radio stations were swarmed with phone calls from young women talking about what a jerk he was to them, and so on.

That type of backlash was to be expected.

Then former teammates started dishing that he was never liked among his peers in the locker room. And now this. This article digs a little deeper. Bar owners and people who claim to have known Ben for awhile shed more light on the story. He was cheap, rude, arrogant, disrespectful, crude to women, and so on. The author of the article told KDKA yesterday that, if he’d wanted to, he could have made Ben look A LOT WORSE if he’d wanted to.

Well, Ben already looks pretty bad, so that isn’t saying a whole lot, now is it?

My question is this: can Big Ben’s image be repaired, or has the damage been done? Is a winning season and some counseling sessions enough? What about community service? What if he dates a nice girl? Goes to church? I mean what WOULD help this guy? I can’t even fathom what it would take to change MY personal opinion of him now.

Who IS doing his PR, anyway? First off, who LET him “apologize” with the mullet? For someone trying to convince the world he wasn’t a rapist, he certainly didn’t hire the right stylist. He could have at LEAST taken the time to shave. Or bathe. I mean, the mullet was bad enough. But the fact that it looked like he hadn’t seen a shower in weeks? Gross.

A part of me – the kindhearted, forgiving, see-the-good-in-everyone, part of me, wants to be able to be sympathetic to Ben. I want to say, hey, Ben, give me a call – I’ll give you the chance to tell YOUR side of the story. Totally unabashedly, without judgement, and honestly. And then, I want to actually BELIEVE what he says.

Notice I said I WANT to be able to do that all. But I can’t. I can’t bring myself to change how I feel, and what I feel, is that, seemingly, he’s kind of a jerk. Do I know him personally? No. Am I saying he deserves all of this? I don’t know. As I said, I don’t know him, I don’t know what’s true and what isn’t. I will say this, though – guilty or not, he’s made some mistakes. He needs to do something to turn his life around, and, if he wants to stick around in Pittsburgh, and if he EVER wants to gain back the respect of Steeler Nation (does he even DESERVE the respect of Steeler Nation?!?) he needs to do SOMETHING to repair his image.

But what?

That’s what I want to know. What can he do? I don’t even know. What are all of YOUR thoughts??

The 1st Annual Get Involved Service Summit in Pittsburgh – Great Success!

23 Apr

I had the pleasure of attending the 2010 “Get Involved!” Service Summit, hosted by Baker Leadership, at the Union Project yesterday in Pittsburgh.

It was an amazing event, and a great networking experience!

I heard inspiring stories from compelling speakers such as PA State Senator John Pippy, City Councilman Bill Peduto, author Chuck Herring, life coach Lisa Spahr, Chaz Kellem from the Pittsburgh Pirates, speaker Jeff Tobe of Color Outside the Lines, the esteemed Jim Roddey, Jim Lokay from KDKA, an expert panel of nonprofits and board members, and more!

It was a wonderful experience! I got to meet Senator Pippy, AND, in honor of the 40th anniversary of Earth

Day yesterday, picked up a cute bag for charity that one of the vendors was selling – made out of recycled t-shirts!

I can’t wait to attend next year, and after this year’s event, I look forward to reading Tom Baker’s book! Also, I would like to extend a “congrats” to all of the award winners this year, and a “nice to meet you” to all whom I was lucky enough to come into contact with.

Thanks for a great day!

-Ashley B