Fifth Annual Celebrating Senior Champions Dinner and Auction

The fifth annual Celebrating Senior Champions benefit dinner took place on Oct. 2 at the Omni William Penn Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh.

This annual event recognizes extraordinary individuals and groups who contribute significant time and energy to serving seniors throughout western Pennsylvania. The 2013 event will focus on improving the lives of seniors..

Proceeds from sponsorships, ticket sales, and the auction support the UPMC Senior Communities Benevolent Care Program, which provides financial assistance and other support services to eligible seniors living in one of UPMC’s 20 retirement communities.

​Our 2013 Lead Sponsors

Lamar Advertising
UPMC for Life
UPMC St. Margaret
Presbyterian SeniorCare

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​2013 Champions

Learn more about what makes a Senior Champion

Grand Champion
Paul M. Winkler

Paul M. Winkler is President and CEO of Presbyterian SeniorCare (PSC), a continuum of senior housing and care communities and services (including non-profit supportive housing, assisted living and long-term care) at 40 locations across 9 counties of southwestern Pennsylvania serving approximately 6,000 older and disabled persons annually.

>> Learn more about Paul M. Winkler.

Paul M. Winkler

Community Champion
Gail Roddie-Hamlin, MPH, CHES on behalf of the Alzheimer's Association

Gail Roddie-Hamlin is passionate about increasing awareness and knowledge of Alzheimer’s and related dementias throughout our Chapter and informing the public about the good work of the Alzheimer’s Association. The Association is dedicated to its vision of a world without Alzheimer’s. 

>> Learn more about Gail Roddie-Hamlin.

>> Learn more about the Alzheimer's Association.

Gail Roddie-Hamlin, MPH, CHES

Caregiver Champion
Dr. Ed Ricci, PhD, M.Litt

Edmund M. Ricci, Ph.D., Professor Sociology in Public Health, is Director of the Institute for Evaluation Science in Community Health, Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh.  He also serves as Associate Director of the University of Pittsburgh/UPMC Institute on Aging.

>> Learn more about Dr. Ed Ricci.

Edmund Ricci, PhD, M.Litt

Event Information

The Celebrating Senior Champions dinner and auction supports the UPMC Senior Communities Benevolent Care Program in its efforts to provide financial assistance and other support services to eligible seniors living in one of UPMC’s 20 retirement communities.

View images of the 2013 event or view a listing of previous senior champion honorees.

For  more details about sponsorship for the event, contact Peggy VanHorn at 412-622-9239 or

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