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.”

Krol Media Associates, LLC is honored to join with St. Barnabas

Krol Media is joining St. Barnabas in the promotion of its annual Founder’s Day

The Founder’s Day celebration on April 28th at the Omni William Penn Hotel will begin with Rocky Bleier visiting St. Barnabas’ Nursing Home and cap off at the Omni William Penn with the Black ‘N Gold Charity “Ball” where he will be presented with the Hance Award.

For more information or to purchase tickets for this event, please visit or call (724) 443-0700 ext. 5258.

St. Barnabas has chosen Rocky Bleier to receive their 2011 Hance Award.  Bleier, a Purple Heart and Bronze Star medal winner, earned four Super Bowl rings as the Steelers starting Running Back.  He has been a long-time participant and supporter of St. Barnabas’ “PRESENTS FOR PATIENTS” Christmas program.  For the past six years Bleier has “adopted” a resident and personally delivered a gift.  One of Pittsburgh’s most beloved adopted sons, Bleier is a successful entrepreneur, motivational speaker and philanthropist.  The Hance Award is presented annually to a national figure that has had a significant impact on the lives of Americans.

Rocky Bleier’s “fighting” spirit began in his working class hometown of Appleton, Wisconsin and was forged in the Notre Dame stadium and the rice paddies of Vietnam.  In spite of being told he would never again play football, Bleier, even though undersized by NFL standards and a 16th round draft pick, worked tirelessly for two years to gain a position on the Steeler team.  He became a starting running back and racked up 3,865 yards over 12 seasons.  His will to succeed took him from injured reserve corps in 1970 to the most well known running back in Steeler history.

The Hance Award is named for Brother Gouverneur P. Hance (1871-1954), who founded St. Barnabas in 1900 as a place to provide care to those in need regardless of their ability to pay.

“Krol Media is excited for this opportunity to work with St. Barnabas and Rocky Bleier.  Congratulations, Rocky, for receiving this prestigious award.”

Susan Krol

President, Krol Media Associates