2017 Purse Gala Raises Over $43,000 for Camp Erin Pgh

The Fourth Annual Purse Gala benefiting Camp Erin ® Pittsburgh, a ministry of Good Samaritan Hospice, welcomed nearly 200 elegant attendees to the Lexus Club at PNC Park on Wednesday, November 8. For the second straight year, fundraising revenue set a new record! We’re proud to report that more than $43,000 will be netted from this year’s Purse Gala.

“At New York Life, we are proud to continue partnering with Concordia and the Moyer Foundation to help make Camp Erin Pittsburgh possible year-after-year,” said Frank Amato, event chairman, New York Life agent and annual volunteer at Camp Erin Pittsburgh. “These kids need to know that they matter, especially during such a difficult time in their lives.”

The night was hosted by Heather Abraham of KDKA-TV2 and included a fabulous purse drawing featuring 20 designer handbags, the special addition of a limited edition, rare Louis Vuitton collectible purse, a star-studded sports-themed silent auction, a buffet dinner and special VIP cocktail hour including a special VIP purse drawing! The Purse Gala was capped by a heartfelt video describing the Camp Erin experience followed by a piano performance and testimonial from former camper Rachel Chase, who lost her father before attending camp. After Rachel’s performance and speech, a special 5-minute fundraising appeal brought in more than $8,000 to support campers directly.

Below is a slideshow of photos from the event (click the thumbnail to enlarge each picture). Feel free to leave a comment! Special thanks to our volunteer photographer for the event, Rene Zundel.

Camp Erin Pittsburgh, a ministry of Concordia’s Good Samaritan Hospice, hosts more than 100 children ages 6 – 17 who are grieving the death of someone close to them for one weekend each June. For more information about Camp Erin Pittsburgh, call Good Samaritan Hospice at 800-720-2557 or visit www.CampErinPittsburgh.org. Good Samaritan Hospice is a mission of Concordia Lutheran Ministries, Heritage Valley and Butler Health Systems.

Thank you to ALL our sponsors, including:

Platinum Sponsors

  • P2 Contracting
  • Anguilli & Associates
  • Rych Mysliwiec, CLU, New York Life

Gold Sponsors

  • UPMC HealthPlan
  • Peoples Gas

Silver Sponsors

  • Amato Financial Services
  • Beaver Financial Group
  • East Suburban Sports Medicine Center
  • NextTier Bank

Bronze Sponsors

  • Station Square Management
  • Care Solutions of Pittsburgh
  • Myers, Patsy & Associates, LLC

Media Partners

  • KDKA2 & The Pittsburgh CW

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