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13th Annual Celebrating Senior Champions Dinner and Auction

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Mark your calendars for Thursday, October 14, 2021 and join the celebration at the Westin!

The 13th Annual Celebrating Senior Champions Dinner and Auction will honor distinguished individuals and organizations for their outstanding accomplishments in creating a better life for seniors. The celebration will blend favorite elements from previous years with new opportunities, including a raffle featuring 30 lavishly themed gift baskets. The highlight of the evening will be honoring the Champions who have made it their life’s work to serve the senior population in our region.

Seniors ChampionsDavid A. Nace, MD, MPH, CMD
Clinical Chief of Geriatric Medicine
Director, Long-Term Care
Division of Geriatric Medicine
University of Pittsburgh

Chief of Medical Affairs
UPMC Senior Communities

UPMC Senior Services 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. David A. Nace, MD, MPH, CMD has been selected to receive this distinguished honor for his strong leadership and dedication to the well-being of frail adults. His commitment to seniors will leave a lasting mark on our region for many years to come.

Regional Response Health Collaborative Program (PDF)
UPMC Senior Services Community Champion Award, given annually to recognize exceptional organizational leadership to improve the lives of seniors, goes to the Regional Response Health Collaborative Program (RRHCP) of western Pennsylvania. Three partners of the program will accept the award on behalf of the group: Dr. Emily Jaffe, vice president and executive medical director of Home and Community Services for Allegheny Health Network, Nancy Zionts, chief operating officer for Jewish Healthcare Foundation and A. J. Harper, president of Healthcare Council of Western Pennsylvania. Under their leadership and collaboration with community partners, the RRHC program has steered and provided guidance to keep seniors safe during unprecedented times.

Seniors ChampionsThe Rev. Gaea Thompson, M.Div.
Manager, Pastoral Care
UPMC Presbyterian/Montefiore Hospital

Diplomate Supervisor for CPE
College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy

UPMC Senior Services 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. The Rev. Gaea Thompson, M.Div. has been selected to receive the honor for her outstanding devotion to the spiritual wellness of seniors and their families. 


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

Reservations available at or by phone at 412-864-3524.

Sponsorship Opportunities

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Proceeds from Celebrating Senior Champions help to sustain UPMC Senior Communities Benevolent Care program. This program provides ease of mind to many seniors who have outlived their financial resources. UPMC Senior Communities is committed to taking care of our long-time residents and seeing them through troubling times. Since 2009, the event has presented nearly $1.7 million in net proceeds to further charitable care.

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