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February, 2012

Zonta Three Rivers Pittsburgh North Announces Date for 9th Annual Glass Slipper Ball
Event Provides Scholarships for Women and Girls in Need

Wexford, PA – February 1, 2012 – Zonta Three Rivers Pittsburgh North, a professional women’s service organization, announced that it will present The Ninth Annual Glass Slipper Ball Featuring the Best of the Chefs and Libation Purveyors, Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 7 p.m. at the Four Points Sheraton in Marshall Township.

With Celebrity Master of Ceremonies, KDKA-TV News Anchor, Jennifer Antkowiak, the Glass Slipper Ball featuring the Best of the Chefs and Libation Purveyors, is North Pittsburgh’s largest and most popular fundraisers. To date, the event has generated $375,000 for scholarships that are distributed through the Zonta Pittsburgh North Foundation to agencies such as Crisis Center North, HEARTH, POWER, Girls Hope, and North Hills Community Outreach. “The evening surprises most first time guests because they are so busy grazing, dancing, and shopping, they barely sit down!” says Cindy Yingling, event co-chair.

The 2012 event will showcase dozens of restaurants whose chefs create signature hors d'oeuvres and desserts designed specifically for this event. Also featured are tastings from libation purveyors including: Arrowhead Wine Cellars at Soergel Orchard, D’Andrea Imports, Fuhrer Wholesale, Southern Wine and Spirits and The Wine Boss.

Restaurants on board to participate in 2012 include: The Baklava Company, Bartram House Bakery, Beattie Tech Culinary School, Bella Frutteto, China Palace, Chocolate Fountain Heaven, Donato’s, Erin’s Fine Foods, Four Points Sheraton, Franklin Inn, Fresco’s, Giant Eagle Market District, Hartwood Restaurant, Hotel Saxonburg, John Marshall Catering, KeyImpact, The Perfect Pastry, Shakespeare’s, SiBA Cucina, Springfield Grille, SweetHouse Bake Shop, Tamari North, Ugandan Gold Coffee, Walnut Grove.

Amidst the sampling and tasting, guests will dance to the sounds of Airborne featuring Jeff Jimerson; bid on spectacular silent auction items; and take part in the “Peoples Choice Awards” for best hors d’oeuvre and dessert. A highlight of the evening is a LIVE AUCTION with dazzling trips to San Francisco Wine Country, France/Belgium, the Greek Isles, China, Tuscany and Much More!

Tickets to the Glass Slipper Ball sell out quickly. They are available online now www.ZontaThreeRiversNorth.com at the same price as last year --$100 (only $85 if purchased by 2/29/12). Corporate sponsorships, program advertisements, silent auction donations, and many other opportunities for local businesses to get involved are still available. Companies interested in a sponsorship, should contact Team Effort Events at 724-935-6100. More information about the event, ticket sales and the non-profit organizations supported by Zonta can be found at www.ZontaThreeRiversNorth.com.



October 19, 2011

On October 19th, Zonta Three Rivers Pittsburgh North in conjunction with the YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh's Center for Race and Gender Equity and the North Allegheny Z Club presented a panel discussion entitled:"Sexual Exploitation and Prostitution: Ending Violence Against Women." The discussion examined the realities of sexual exploitation, rape and prostitution, and helped us to understand how we can all work to end violence against women. The panel discussion was moderated by LaVerne Baker Hotep, Director of Community Arts and Education for the Center for Victims of Violence and Crime. The Panelists included: Julie Evans - Program Director of Education and Training, Pittsburgh Action Against Rape; Dr. Elizabeth Miller - Chief of Adolescent Medicine, UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh; and Johnna Zacharias - Director, Program for the Re-Integration, Development and Empowerment of Exploited Individuals.

September 6, 2011

On September 6th, Zonta Three Rivers Pittsburgh North in conjunction with Carnegie Mellon University International Justice Mission presented a free viewing of the movie"Sex & Money: A National Search for Human Worth." A brief panel discussion comprised of subject matter experts followed the film.

“Sex and Money” is a documentary about the sex trafficking of minors within the United States and the modern-day abolitionist movement fighting to stop it. Human Trafficking is a $9 billion industry worldwide, second only to drug smuggling. According to the film producers, there are an estimated 100,000 to 300,000 American children commercially sexually exploited each year in the United States.

April, 2011

Zonta Three Rivers Pittsburgh North Awards over $25,000 in Scholarships to Local Women and Organizations.  During the club's annual Awards Dinner at The Chadwick in Wexford, Zonta honored several women for their accomplishments and provided much needed scholarship monies to local social services agencies. The outstanding women recognized at the April meeting included Margaret Haughney, a senior at North Allegheny Senior High School received the Young Women in Public Affairs Award and Scholarship, Autumn Hubert, a Business Major at LaRoche College received the Jane M. Klausman Women in Business scholarship and Janet Helms, the founder of the Oliva Kinship Program which brings together Ugandan families who take in orphaned children with help from Americans who offer financial support for the children's educational needs, received the Penny Smith Status of Women Award.

In addition, the club distributed approximately $25,000 in scholarship funds to several local organizations and to Zonta International to support various global projects. Local organizations receiving funds included North Hills Community Outreach, Girls Hope, HEARTH, POWER, Genesis Pittsburgh, Crisis Center North, and Love & Care Family International. See below for some pictures from this spectacular evening.









March 5, 2011


The 2011 Glass Slipper Ball was another spectacle!  Each year this event raises significant funds in support of scholarships for women and girls experiencing hardships. Sally Wiggin was our celebrity MC, Dr. Zoot provided the fabulous entertainment and the chefs and libations purveyors outdid themselves. The incredible Live Auction and Silent Auctions were a hit. Thank you to our amazing sponsors First Commonwealth and Consolidated Communications. Be sure to get all of the details from our 2011 Glass Slipper Ball Wrap-up page.


October, 2010

On October 27th, Zonta Three Rivers Pittsburgh North in conjunction with the McKnight Branch of The American Association of University Women presented "Human Trafficking and Slavery Today: How Communities Can Bring about Change."

The 2010 Trafficking In Persons reports estimate that 12.3 million adults and children are working in forced labor or forced prostitution. Dr. Mary Burke (Click here for Bio), Executive Director of the project to End Human Trafficking, discussed the enslavement and economic exploitation of human beings at this special event to over 80 attendees.

For more information on what you can do to get involved, please visit our ADVOCACY section (coming soon)! See below for a few pictures from the event.

    

  

October, 2010


Zonta Three Rivers Pittsburgh North was a Supporting Organization at the Pennsylvania Governor's Conference for Women held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center on October 14, 2010. We joined other membership-based, non-profit women’s organizations and/or business groups by participating as a supporting organization at the Pennsylvania Governor's Conference for Women.

May, 2010

Zonta Three Rivers Pittsburgh North receives numerous Thank You letters.  As a result of the funds raised at the Glass Slipper Ball, Zonta Three Rivers Pittsburgh North was able to award over $30,000 in scholarships and funds to individuals and local agencies. Below are the letters recieved thanking the club for its support.

Bonnie Diver-Hall
Hearth
Power
Love & Care Family International
Girls Hope
Genesis of Pittsburgh
April 9, 2010

Zonta Three Rivers Pittsburgh North Awards $30,000 in Scholarships to Local Women and Organizations.  During the club's annual Awards Dinner at Fresco's Restaurant in Wexford, Zonta honored several women for their accomplishments and provided much needed scholarship monies to local social services agencies. The outstanding women recognized at the April 9th meeting included Cindy Qichu Yuan, a senior at North Allegheny Senior High School received the Young Women in Public Affairs Award and Scholarship, Chiara Irakoze, a Business Major at LaRoche College received the Jane M. Klausman Women in Business scholarship and Bonnie Diver-Hall, the founder of Hair Peace Charities, received the Penny Smith Status of Women Award.

In addition, the club distributed approximately $30,000 in scholarship funds to several local organizations and $5,000 to Zonta International to support various global projects. Local organizations receiving funds included North Hills Community Outreach, Girls Hope, HEARTH, POWER, Genesis House, and Crisis Center North. Click Here for the complete Press Release and see below for some pictures from this spectacular evening.






March 6, 2010


WOW!! The 2010 Glass Slipper Ball was spectacular!  Each year this event raises significant funds in support of scholarships for women and girls experiencing hardships. Sally Wiggin was our celebrity MC, Sputsy provided the fabulous entertainment and the chefs outdid themselves. New additions this year include an incredible Live Auction and a Celebrity Access Lunch. Thank you to our amazing sponsors Dr. Kathleen Hartford - Key to Vital Living, Women, Etcetera! and First Commonwealth. Be sure to get all of the details from our 2010 Glass Slipper Ball Wrap-up page.


October/November, 2009

Zonta Three Rivers Pittsburgh North Advocates aginst Human Trafficking.   Dr. Mary Burke (click here for bio), Executive Director for the Project to End Human Trafficking, will speak at the Zonta Three Rivers North November 11th meeting at Fresco’s in Wexford. Dr. Burke will provide an overview on the issue of human trafficking and the primary international legal instrument related to trafficking. She will also discuss grassroots work currently underway, including what is happening in our own area, and will conclude by discussing what steps still need to occur to combat human trafficking at the local, national, and international level.

Zonta Three Rivers North made a commitment in 2009 to become more informed and better educated on the subject of Human Trafficking. Human trafficking is a global multi-billion dollar industry. The US government estimates that 800,000 people, mostly women and children, are trafficked across national borders into slavery each year; this number does not include millions trafficked within their own countries. The Club is participating in a Book Club event, reading and discussing “The Natashas: Inside the New Global Sex Trade” by Victor Malarek. The Club is also participating in a movie event, watching “Human Trafficking” a Golden Globe nominated mini-series featuring women around the world who were lured or abducted into slavery. The mini-series was acclaimed for heightening awareness in the U.S. of the scope and magnitude of this problem. Below are two trailers for the movie "Human Trafficking."


April 8, 2009

Zonta Three Rivers Pittsburgh North Awards $50,000 in Scholarships to Local Women and Organizations.  During the club's annual Awards Dinner at Fresco's Restaurant in Wexford, Zonta honored several women for their accomplishments and provided much needed scholarship monies to local social services agencies. The outstanding women recognized at the April 8th meeting included Bianca Palmisano, a senior at North Allegheny Senior High School received the Young Women in Public Affairs Award and Scholarship, Carolyn Shields, a Business Major at LaRoche College received the Jane M. Klausman Women in Business scholarship and Sally Power, the founder of Treasure House Fashions, received the Penny Smith Status of Women Award.

In addition, the club distributed approximately $34,000 in scholarship funds to several local organizations and $5,000 to Zonta International to support various global projects. Organizations receiving funds included North Hills Community Outreach, Girls Hope, HEARTH, POWER, Genesis House, and Crisis Center North. Below are some pictures from this spectacular evening.






February 22, 2009






The 2009 Glass Slipper Ball was wildly successful yet again!  Each year this event raises over $50,000. New additions include wine and hops purveyors and a separate confections area. Thank you to our amazing sponsors CLG and First Commonwealth. Be sure to get all of the details from our 2009 Glass Slipper Ball Wrap-up page.




June 1, 2008

On Sunday, June 1st, 17 Zonta members came together with more than 25 additional volunteers in the spirit of giving their time for service to assemble more than 1000 birthing kits! These kits ensure a clean birth for poor women in need. The kits will be distributed through the Chimbote Foundation, a medical center and maternity hospital in Chimbote, Peru, South America. Thank you to Zonta members: Chris Battista, Jen Knuth, Mary Jo Hess, Michelle Simon, Julia Poepping, Pat Crist, Deb Krischke, Kathy Froehle, Kathy Bergman, Rebecca Greenwood, Linda Menton, Jackie Sciotto, Gretchen Perkins, Stephanie Adamsky, Linda Yon, Gretchen Jezerc, Karen Picard and to our extraordinary volunteers from: Girl’s Hope Baden House: Stephanie, Shelby, Brande, Josette, Patty, Jasmine and Sister Elaine from Girl’s Hope Clinton House: Shronda, Bridget, Vivien, Tia, DeAsia and Kelly; from Family of Zonta members: Robert Yon and Margot Jezerc and from friends of Chimbote: Gretchen Roos, Evy Severino, Joan Zagorski, Lisa Moniodes, Sue Harris, Shirley Dietz, Judy Kristan, Donna Caretta and Patty Heimberger.

April 9, 2008

Zonta Three Rivers Pittsburgh North Awards $50,000 in Scholarships to Local Women and Organizations.  During the club's annual Awards Dinner at Fresco's Restaurant in Wexford, Zonta honored several women for their accomplishments and provided much needed scholarship monies to local social services agencies. The outstanding women recognized at the April 9th meeting included Laura Malecky, a senior at North Allegheny Senior High School received the Young Women in Public Affairs Award and Scholarship, Suzanne Hayden, a student at LaRoche College received the Jane M. Klausman Women in Business scholarship and Cristen Krebs, the founder of Good Samaritan Hospice and Hospice House and most recently Catholic Hospice received the Penny Smith Status of Women Award.

In addition, the club distributed over $36,000 in scholarship funds to several local organizations and $12,000 to Zonta International to support various global projects. Organizations receiving funds included North Hills Community Outreach, Girls Hope, HEARTH, POWER, Point Park Visions of Tomorrow, Genesis House and Crisis Center North.

February 9, 2008

The 2008 Glass Slipper Ball was definitely the best yet.  Each year this event raises over $50,000. New additions include wine and hops purveyors and a separate confections area. Be sure to get all of the details from our 2008 Glass Slipper Ball Wrap-up page.

April 11, 2007

Zonta Three Rivers Pittsburgh North Awards $50,000 in Scholarships to Local Women and Organizations.  During the club's annual Awards Dinner at Fresco's Restaurant in Wexford, Zonta honored several women for their accomplishments and provided much needed scholarship monies to local social services agencies. The outstanding women recognized at the April 11th meeting included Amanda P. Plazek, a senior at North Hills High School received the Young Women in Public Affairs Award and Scholarship, Jessica D. Pilarski, a junior at LaRoche College received the Jane M. Klausman Women in Business scholarship and Diana M. Napper, the founder of the Glimmer of Hope Foundation received the Penny Smith Status of Women Award.

In addition, the club distributed over $34,000 in scholarship funds to several local organizations and $12,000 to Zonta International to support various global projects. Organizations receiving funds included North Hills Community Outreach, Girls Hope, HEARTH, POWER, Point Park Visions of Tomorrow, and Crisis Center North. Below are some pictures from this amazing evening.




April 22, 2007

North Hills Community Outreach recognized Zonta Three Rivers Pittsburgh North with the William Gibson Spirit Award at their 20th Anniversary Celebration at St. Paul's United Medhodist Church. Along with nine other outstanding awardees, Zonta was honored for support of NHCO for its embodiment of their core values of compassion, effectiveness, collaboration, professionalism, holistic approach, vision and stewardship. Peggy Schmiedecke and Jackie Sciotto attended to accept this recognition.

  


April 13, 2007

Zontian's Jackie Sciotto, Chris Battista and Cindy Yingling attended Girls Hope's Sweet 16 Party. This amazingly grand event, held at the Pittsburgh Athletic Club, was a celebration of sixteen year of service to some very special young women.




March 28, 2007

The Greater Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Association of Women Busines Owners (NAWBO) hosted their annual Make the Connection Awards Luncheon.  Our very own Debra Dion Krischke was honored for her outstanding volunteer service. Other Zontian's in attendence were Jane Joy and Cindy Yingling.


February 24, 2007

The 2007 Glass Slipper Ball was another huge success.  This years event raised over $50,000. Be sure to get all of the details from our 2007 Glass Slipper Ball Wrap-up page.


October 17, 2006

Zonta Three Rivers North commended by Senator Jane Orie for advocacy work on Domestic violence. On October 17, 2006 Senator Orie held a news conference to focus Greater Awareness on Domestic violence. She outlined legislature she is sponsoring to provide greater protection to victims. On October 17th during the General Assembly of PA Senate, Senator Orie lead a list of government officials to adopt a RESOLUTION recognizing the 16 Days of Activism and commending Zonta Three Rivers Pittsburgh North and Zonta International for our work on this Campaign. Below is an excerpt from that legislation:

RESOLVED, That the Senate recognize November 25, 2006, as "International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women;" and be it further
RESOLVED, That the Senate note that this day commences 16 days of international activism against gender violence; and be it further
RESOLVED, That the Senate commend Zonta Three Rivers North for its excellent work in service to women in the Pittsburgh area and through Zonta International and for all the efforts of its members to end physical, emotional and psychological violence against women.

September 14, 2006

Pennsylvania's Governor's Conference For Women

Zonta Three Rivers Pittsburgh North along with Zonta's Pittsburgh Chapter participated in the PA Governor's Conference for Women at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Our goals for participation included: Raising awareness for Zonta International and Clubs in our Area, Increasing Membership, Creating awareness for the Glass Slipper Ball, joining together in a day of fellowship for members working and attending, networking in general, exploring opportunitites for additional Z Clubs and getting ideas from the amazing keynote speakers like Linda Ellerbee, Marian Wright Edelman, Teresa Heinz Kerry and Mia Farrow.

May 6, 2006

Zonta Members attend Spring Workshop

On May 6, 2006 Zonta District 4 conducted its spring workshop in Jamestown, NY.  The workshop was entitled "Power - Yours & Mine" Dealing With Violence Against Women.  Members from Zonta Three Rivers North in attendence were Peggy Schmiedecke, Deb Krischke, Gerry Johnson and Georgiana Likar.



April 12, 2006

Zonta Three Rivers Pittsburgh North distributes funds to local charities and recognizes three amazing women.  Our April meeting was truly one to remember. We distributed over $50,000 to the agencies we support. Representatives from Crisis Center North, HEARTH, North Hills Community Outreach, POWER and Girl's Hope were in attendence to accept these contributions.  We also recognized the recipients of the Young Women in Public Affairs Award, the "Penny Smith" Status of Women Award and our first Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship. Congratulations to all of the recipients and awardees, their contributions in advancing the status of women have not gone unnoticed. Below are some pictures from this amazing evening.



January 28, 2006

The 2006 Glass Slipper Ball was another huge success.  This years event raised over $60,000. Be sure to get all of the details from our 2006 Glass Slipper Ball Wrap-up page.  Also at this event, Zonta Three Rivers Pittsburgh North was recognized by the Pennsylvania State Senate and presented with a letter of appreciation and a certificate of recognition by a respresentative from Senator Jane Clare Orie's Office.

January 18, 2006

Zonta presents petition to Senator Jane Clare Orie to adopt November 25 — International Day Against Violence Against Women

On January 18, 2006 Sandy Danahey, Georgiana Likar and Peggy Schmiedecke brought a petition of statistics from Crisis Center North signed by Zonta Three Rivers Pittsburgh North and concerned citizens who will not tolerate violence against women.

They asked Senator Orie how we can adopt November 25 — International Day Against Violence Against Women and commemorate the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign Click Here for more information.  They also asked the Senator how she is planning to help put an end to violence against women locally.

Senator Orie's reply was that this is a very important issue and is one of the reasons she became a Senator. She also stated that she was unaware of anyone in Harrisburg doing anything for this campaign and was glad that we brought it to her attention. The Senator does plan to file a Bipartisan Resolution in the Senate to adopt November 25 — International Day Against Violence Against Women and commemorate the 16 Day of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign. Senator Orie is planning to approach another Senator the week of 1/21/06 while she is in Harrisburg to jointly file this Resolution. She also challenged Zonta to put together a plan to bring this awareness to the comunity. She is willing to support this effort by offering key people to help us apply for a grant through her office.

April 9, 2005

On Monday, June 20, 2005 HEARTH will be honoring Zonta Three River's Pittsburgh North as a Dreammaker for 2005.  This is an award that is given to individuals or organizations that have contributed more than $10,000 to their organization.  They are very much appreciative of Zonta's continued support provided to their Benedictine Place program over the years.  Zonta will be recognized in their Spring 2005 Newsletter as well as presented with the award at their 10th annual Tee and Green Golf Outing on June 20, 2005 at the Sewickley Heights Golf Club.  

"Thank you and congratulations to you and your members on an outstanding effort on behalf of women and children in need."
Barb Smith, President, HEARTH