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MWCDC annual dinner a night of honors, awards


November 16, 2010

It was a night of glitz and glamour when the Mount Washington Community Development Corporation (MWCDC) held its Second Annual Dinner at the LeMont Restaurant.

Approximately 170 people were on hand to see District 2 Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith receive the Partner of the Year award from the MWCDC.

"Councilwoman Smith has been a strong advocate for our organization and an effective communicator on many issues affecting business development, public safety, and park initiatives. We feel it is very important and appropriate to recognize Councilwoman Smith for all of her efforts," explained Chris Beichner, executive director of the MWCDC.

The Friends of Grandview Park received the Park Advocate of the Year award. The Friends of Grandview Park is a small group of dedicated volunteers who work very closely with the MWCDC and City of Pittsburgh to keep Grandview Park, an anchor park of the Emerald View Park, staying as clean and enjoyable for the residents of Allentown and Mount Washington neighborhoods, as well as for visitors from around the City and beyond. Accepting the award on behalf of the Friends group were Diane Delmer and Jessica Smith.

Taking home the Business of the Year award was Grand Brew Café. Owners Howard and Patricia Todd accepted the award and were recognized for their constant support of the MWCDC, contributions to the business community, and hardworking spirit which is contagious throughout the business district.

An additional Special Recognition Award was given to Tom Brady who has provided years of service and volunteerism to Mount Washington, sits on the MWCDC Board, several committees, and is almost always available to lend a hand. Board President J.T. Smith and the entire staff presented the special recognition to Mr. Brady.

The community group shared with the audience dozens of project milestones in 2010 including the almost completed South Hills Retirement Residence with an estimated price tag of $28 million and the first LEED® certified building in Mount Washington and the proposed One Grandview hotel/condominium project which received all necessary city approvals in 2010. Other accomplishments included the completion of park trails, housing and business district plans, four new businesses attracted, a successful Wild Art Wild Trails festival, land acquisition project for the Emerald View Park, and the successful transfer of an after school program as their own non-profit organization.

More information can be obtained by contacting the MWCDC at 412-481-3220 x205 or cbeichner@mwcdc. org.


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