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11th Annual Celebrating Senior Champions Dinner and Auction

Thanks to all who joined us for the 11th Annual Celebrating Senior Champions Dinner and Auction in honor of three distinguished individuals and a superior organization for their outstanding accomplishments and focus in creating a better life for seniors. Through research, education, community outreach and business leadership the 2019 Champions have improved the quality of life for older adults. 

Planning is underway for next year's event! Mark your calendars for Thursday, October 22, 2020.

Basket Raffle

We are in the process of notifying winners. Winners may contact Amy Hartman at 412-635-8080 

View the list of winning ticket numbers.(PDF)


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.

2019 Honorees

Grand Champions

William E. Klunk, MD, PhD 
Chester A. Mathis, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Radiology

Klunk and Mathis | Grand Champions

Dr. Klunk is a Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology and Co-Director of the Alzheimer Disease Research Center at the University of Pittsburgh and past Chair of the Medical and Scientific Advisory Council of the National Alzheimer’s Association. Dr. Mathis is a Distinguished Professor of Radiology at the University of Pittsburgh, Director of the University of Pittsburgh Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Facility, and UPMC Endowed Chair of PET Research. For their joint efforts, the two colleagues share the 2004 MetLife Foundation Award, the 2008 Potamkin Prize and the 2009 Ronald and Nancy Reagan Research Institute Awards for research in Alzheimer’s disease.

Community Champion

Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank
Lisa Scales, President and CEO

Lisa Scales, Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank | Community Champion

Through advocacy efforts, Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank has become a primary driver in comprehensive anti-hunger endeavors regionally, statewide, and at the national level. Understanding that seniors who are food insecure are more likely to have health concerns and that the region is anticipating growth in its senior population, the organization is dedicated to ensuring that no senior need choose between buying food or medicine. With a focus on serving the region’s most vulnerable populations with the healthiest foods possible, the Food Bank is committed to increasing access to fresh fruits and vegetables.

Caregiver Champion

Ralph T. DeStefano

Ralph T. DeStefano | Caregiver Champion

Mr. DeStefano retired in 1999 following a very successful career in labor law practice and health care. Ralph was instrumental in supporting the evolution of Cumberland Woods Village independent living campus, with primary focus on the adjoining conference center and performance theatre, that now serves as an important social outlet for thousands of seniors coming from many areas of Pittsburgh. He has taken a personal interest in the lives of the many seniors whom he has helped guide and has contributed greatly to the reputation, growth, and community awareness of the entire UPMC Passavant campus.


View images of the 2018 event or view a listing of previous senior champion honorees.