Family House Presents: Heart (Function vs. Emotion) by Bodiography Contemporary Ballet

Looking for something to do on Saturday, June 4th?  Don’t miss Heart (function vs. emotion)!  Presented by Family House and performed by Bodiography Contemporary Ballet, all proceeds go to benefit Family House’s Family Assistance Fund.

Bodiography Contemporary Ballet is the region’s premier non-profit contemporary ballet company.  Artistic Director Maria Caruso conceived Heart (function vs. emotion) through eight months of research by sharing the journey of a friend’s heart transplant and obsesrving two other transplants.  Heart (function vs. emotion) seeks to honor the courage of those experiencing heart disease by including real-life heart patients and surgeons, while emphasizing the important of disease prevention and awareness.  For more information about Bodiography Contemporary Ballet, please visit

Proceeds from this event will benefit Family House’s Family Assistance Fund.  Since 1983, Family House has provided a special “home away from home” for more than 120,000 patients and families who seek treatment of serious or life-threatening illnesses in Pittsburgh.  The Family Assistance Fund was created to help families who cannot afford the already-reduced cost of styaing at Family House.  To learn more about Family House, please visit

Family House presents Heart (function vs. emotion) by Bodiography Contemporary Ballet
Saturday, June 4th, 2011
7:30 PM
Byham Theater
Tickets are available through the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust box office at (412) 456-6666 or online at

Family House Gifting Gala

The Annual Family House Gifting Gala raised $118,000 for their Family Assistance Fund.

Three hundred guests attended an elegant dinner dance Saturday, April 9th for this heartwarming cause.  The event was held in the ballroom of the Omni William Penn hotel in downtown Pittsburgh.  Entitled an “Evening of Perennial Celebration,” the guests were surrounded by spring flowers from “Blooming Dahlia.”  Dance music was provided by Protege’.

The Gifting Gala Committee

Left to Right: Christie Knott, Angie Longo, Laura N. K. Miller, Tracy Weigand, Diana Bills, Jeanne Vallano, Kathy DiBiase, Erin Burger, Jayanne Newcaster Matthis

The Family House Gifting Gala kicks off the 2011 Family Assistance Fund Raising Effort to provide a “Home Away From Home” for the families of patients suffering from serious illness and seeking medical care and our city’s hospitals.  The Family Assistance Fund benefits individuals regardless of their ability to pay.

Event Co-Chairs Maris Ann Bondi and Jeanne Vallano

Maris and Jeanne wish to thank  UPMC Life Changing Medicine, the Platinum Sponsor, for their ongoing support.  Elias/Savion Advertising, Lamar Outdoor Advertising, RR Donnelly Hoechstetter, UPMC Health Plan, United States Steel Corporation, Fedex Ground and Hefren-Tillotson were additional sponsors.  “Though the generous support of our sponsors, volunteers and the Pittsburgh community, Family House is able to provide a place of respite, understanding and support for more than 10,000 guests each year.”  Created in 1983, Family House has provided affordable, supportive and safe lodging for families and patients facing long-term or acute medical treatment by its “home away from home.”

Holly and Matt Bulvony

Holly, Director of Communications and Outreach for Family House, expressed her thanks to the guests who so generously contributed to the success of the evening.

“Everyone at Family House is so very grateful for the support shown at the Gifting Gala.  The 10,000 families we help each year are also appreciative of the generosity of our community.  It is an honor to be part of Family House and work each day to fulfill our critical mission.”

 “We are pleased to be able to support Family House in providing economical accomodations to patients and their families during times of great stress.”

Steeler great Andy Russell, his wife Cindy and Fritz Heinemann, President/CEO of Economics PA, joined Susan Krol for an enjoyable evening of dining and dancing that greatly benefited the efforts of this important non-profit organization.

“We are proud to represent Family House and the Family Assistance Fund.  Please visit to make a donation to this worthy cause.”

Family House Polo

All of us here at Krol Media are feeling the burn.  No, we’re not talking about the exercise-type of burn or the sun burn from our wonderful vacations in Hawaii–we’ve been too busy working with Family House to work on our tans.  There’s almost a month left until the 27th Annual Family House Polo Match and we still have a lot to do.

Which explains why, even though this blog was just created, there hasn’t been much blogging going on!

For those of you who don’t know, Family House is a hospital hospitality house.  It is one of the largest hospital hospitality houses in the country, providing affordable, convenient and comfortable housing in which patients and family members can stay while awaiting treatment.  During its 27 years of existence, Family House has hosted more than 10,000 guests from every state in the nation and from all points around the globe.  Family House is truly a “home away from home.”

The Family House Polo Match is the premier fundraising event for Family House.  This event is one of the most successful polo fundraisers in the world, raising more than $3 million in the past 26 years and drawing more than 2,000 spectators.

Polo Your Way- The 27th Annual Family House Polo Match at Hartwood Acres will be held on Saturday September 11, 2010. Gates open at 11 AM, the match begins at 1:30 PM.  Kids and parents alike will enjoy the many activities and festivities along with the polo match, including: tailgating, vintage car show, boutique shopping, kids crafts & activities, tailgating, great food, great company and so much more!  This event is open to the public with the advance purchase of tickets.  All proceeds benefit Family House charities. Call (412) 647-POLO or visit for tickets.

Krol Media will be there the day of the event to help out this great organization.  We’d love to see you all there!  Don’t forget your big hats–you’ll need them when you help stop the divots while they play “Pretty Woman!”