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12th Annual Celebrating Senior Champions | UPMC Senior Services

A Special On-line Event

The 12th Annual Celebrating Senior Champions Dinner and Auction is going virtual for 2020! We will honor distinguished individuals and organizations for their outstanding accomplishments in creating a better life for seniors with a special on-line event. Hosted by Master of Ceremonies and Pittsburgh Steeler great Robin Cole, the event is a blend of favorite elements from previous celebrations and new features suited to the virtual experience, including tributes to our honorees, our loaded Silent Auction, a Split the Cash Raffle, a prize drawing for ticket holders, and commemorative swag bags for all participants.

Mark your calendars for Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 7 p.m. and join the celebration!

Grand Champions

Scott Lammie
Senior Vice President, Business Development
Board Treasurer, UPMC Insurance Services Division

Klunk and Mathis | Grand Champions

Scott Lammie will receive the UPMC Senior Services Grand Champion Award. The Grand Champion Award is the highest honor given and is presented annually to an individual who has provided unparalleled leadership in improving the lives of seniors. Scott has worked in the healthcare field for more than 30 years and knows the impact a community can have on its people. He is not a spectator of life in Greater Pittsburgh; he’s an active participant in making our region a better place for all. Well known for his strong leadership and dedication to community service, Scott has made a lasting mark on the Pittsburgh region through the numerous volunteer boards and committees that he serves.

Community Champion

Hill House Association and program transition partners
Emma Lucas-Darby
, Board Chair

Lisa Scales, Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank | Community Champion

Hill House Association and program transition partners will receive the UPMC Senior Services Community Champion Award. The Community Champion Award is given annually to recognize exceptional organizational leadership to improve the lives of seniors. Emma Lucas-Darby, board chair for Hill House Association, will accept the award on behalf of the group. Under Emma’s leadership and collaboration with community organizations, the Hill House Association and program transition partners have successfully allowed the continued growth of many services provided to seniors in the Hill District. The group’s efforts to make the community a better place for seniors speaks to a successful legacy and a secure future of caring.

Caregiver Champion

Richard Morycz, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Medicine, and Social Work

Ralph T. DeStefano | Caregiver Champion

Dr. Richard Morycz will receive the UPMC Senior Services Caregiver Champion Award. The Caregiver Champion Award recognizes an extraordinary individual who champions for the well-being of seniors through innovative efforts to influence care and awareness of seniors and their caregivers. Dr. Morycz’s outstanding contributions and ongoing work in the field of gerontology have made an impact on the lives of countless seniors in Pittsburgh and beyond. His untiring efforts have made western Pennsylvania a much better place to age.

Tickets On Sale Now!

$175 Per Person
$1,700 Per Table of 10

Reservations available by phone at 412-864-3524 or purchase online

Sponsorship Opportunities

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All proceeds from this annual fundraising event help to sustain the UPMC Senior Communities Benevolent Care Fund. The event has presented nearly $1.5 million in net proceeds to further charitable care throughout UPMC Senior Communities since 2009.

Nominate a Future Senior Champion

Download the nomination form (PDF).

View images of the 2019 event or view a listing of previous senior champion honorees.