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Emmaus celebrates 25 years


The Emmaus Community of Pittsburgh is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2014. In May, they did so with the help of key community members and elected officials at the Emmaus Kentucky Derby Gala & 25th Anniversary Celebration.

More than 250 people gathered in the ballroom of the Pittsburgh Fairmont on May 3rd to join in commemorating Emmaus’s 25 years of offering homes and services for people with intellectual disabilities and autism. The program opened with a proclamation from the offices of State Representatives Jake Wheatley and Dan Miller congratulating Emmaus on its anniversary.

Speakers that followed included family member of an Emmaus resident Jack Wojdowski, Board President Dave Matesic, and Capital Campaign Co-Chairs Jim and Katie Leyland and Butch Santicola.

Tim Noca and Ken Wagner, Jr. then recognized Commander Scott Schubert as the winner of the 2014 Ken Wagner Award for Outstanding Service. They presented Commander Schubert with additional proclamations from City Councilman Bruce Kraus, Mayor Bill Peduto, and Governor Tom Corbett and announced that May 3rd had been declared “Commander Scott Schubert Day” in the City of Pittsburgh.

Commander Schubert addressed the crowd, explaining the special meaning the Emmaus mission holds for him in light of his work with Special Olympic athletes. Executive Director Karen Jacobsen closed with a slide show spanning the last 25 years.

“It was a beautiful way to honor our past and look forward to our future,” says Ms. Jacobsen. “Emmaus was founded on the idea of people with and without disabilities breaking bread together. To have such a fantastic, diverse group of guests sitting down alongside the Emmaus residents, enjoying a meal and 25 years of memories together—it couldn’t have been more perfect. I’m very excited for the future of Emmaus.”


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