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Sneaker Bash 2015 to Benefit Girls on the Run at Magee

WHAT: Girls on the Run (GOTR) at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, a charitable organization designed to empower young girls, is hosting its 11th annual Sneaker Bash to raise funds for program scholarships. Men and women are invited to attend this casual, adults-only event, which includes appetizers, beer and wine, a silent auction and a wine pull. Guests are invited to wear their favorite sneakers and decorate them to enter the Sneaker Contest. Winners with the best spooky sneakers, retro sneakers and GOTR spirit sneakers will receive a $100 gift card prize.
WHY: Studies have shown that girls begin losing confidence at the age of nine due to societal pressures and media influences. GOTR uses running to teach third through eighth grade girls the importance of goal-setting, teamwork and community service. GOTR serves 1,300 local families annually, many of whom receive financial aid and some of whom receive full scholarships. The Sneaker Bash ensures that financial assistance is available for all participants who need it to access the GOTR program.
  • Ellen Giarrusso, program coordinator, Girls on the Run of Magee-Womens Hospital
  • Girls on the Run supporters
WHEN: 7:30 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015
Registration for the Sneaker Bash is available online. Tickets are $60 per person until October 2, then $65 from October 3 until the event, when they may purchased at the door.
WHERE: Pittsburgh Glass Center, 5472 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, Pa., 15206
Note to Media: Please contact Courtney Caprara at or 412-607-3564 to cover this event. Parking will be available at the Pittsburgh Glass Center.

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