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Bravo! Brashear honors soup, Gormley


Members of the South Side Soup Contest "Soup Committee" attended Bravo! Brashear to accept the agency's Community Service Award on behalf of the contest. Committee members included (from left): Dr. Barbara Rudiak, Tim Dolan, Tracy Frank, Jen Jeffers, Kristi Rogers and Anne Parys. Additional committee members include: Jennifer Black, Mark Bucklaw, Jamie Earl, Candice Gonzalez, Cyndi Hurst, Jon Growall, and Leigh Growall.

Bravo! Brashear, the 97th Annual Meeting and awards luncheon of the Brashear Association was held on Thursday, Oct. 23 at the LeMont Restaurant on Mount Washington.

The luncheon featured a brief business meeting including the election of new board members, the awarding of the Georgina Chamberlain Peters Scholarship along with the presentation of the agency's Community Service Award. This year Brashear also presented a Special Recognition award.

The Peters Scholarship was awarded to Jacob Espy, a student volunteer with the agency. Jacob began volunteering while in high school at UPMC Magee and the American Cancer Society and has continued his efforts at the Multiple Sclerosis Society while a student at Duquesne University.

In addition to his volunteer activities, Jacob carries a full academic schedule and works two part-time jobs. A psychology major, he plans to use his training to work in the field of forensic psychology with victims of crime, abuse or trauma.

The scholarship is presented each year at the luncheon in memory of Georgina Chamberlain Peters who served as a Brashear volunteer and board member.

The South Side Soup Contest was honored with this year's Community Service Award.

The contest began a decade ago as a South Side Local Development Company promotional event designed by Amy Camp. Volunteers from Brashear and the South Side Chamber of Commerce, along with the participating restaurants and businesses work to make the event successful.

Over the years, the contest has grown each year in attendance and participation annually drawing 1,200 people to South Side for the family friendly event. Over the years, the contest has raised more than $150,000. Last year's Soup Contest sold out in less than five minutes.

The Soup Contest also benefits Brashear Association's food assistance program. The organization operates two community food pantries throughout the year serving more than 1,000 people.

The volunteer team organizing the event is the Soup Committee, which has been led recently by Jen Jeffers, Ms. Jeffers accepted the Community Service Award on behalf of the contest and committee.

The 11th Annual South Side Soup Contest will take place on Saturday, Feb. 21 from noon to 3 p.m.

A Special Recognition award was presented to Cynthia Gormley, D.Sc. at the luncheon. Until recently at the Southwestern Pennsylvania office of the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), she worked with more than 400 nonprofit organizations across nine counties to facilitate and oversee more than $5 million in annual funding from the Community Services Block Grants and other funding.

She dramatically expanded the Southwestern Pennsylvania demand for the Neighborhood Assistance Program tax credit; the region now accounts for half of the total activity in the statewide program.

Prior to her tenure at DCED, Ms. Gormley worked with low income families and individuals as a caseworker at the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare. Her current project is the development of the Prosperity Plan for the City of Pittsburgh at Pittsburgh Community Services Inc., the community action agency for the city.

The neighborhood-based strategy she is developing will lay the groundwork to comprehensively address poverty, promote self-sufficiency and self-respect and enhance community development in Pittsburgh.


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