Transportation Building and Construction Awards Luncheon
This year’s honorees are:
Service to Humanity Award - Diane Holder, UPMC Health Plan
Labor Leader of the Year - James T. Kunz, Jr., International Union of Operating Engineers Local 66
Transportation Project of the Year - J&L Tunnel Modification Project, CSX Transportation, Inc.
Building Project of the Year - West Penn Hospital Labor & Delivery Department Renovation, West Penn Hospital
The March of Dimes Transportation, Building & Construction Awards Luncheon will be held on Tuesday, May 22 at the Westin Convention Center with a reception at 11:30 a.m. and a luncheon at 12:30 p.m. The event is expected to draw over 500 attendees while raising important funds for the March of Dimes.
Leading the event is Chairperson John C. “Jack” Mascaro, Chairman of Mascaro Construction Company, along with the board of industry professionals. "It is a great privilege to be able to honor these outstanding individuals. What makes this special is that through the event we are helping the March of Dimes build a healthier future for our babies,” said Mascaro.
A committee of industries leaders selected the 2014 honorees to be recognized for their achievements and for their efforts to promote economic development within Western Pennsylvania.
Rick Dayton, KDKA-TV news anchor, will serve as the Master of Ceremonies for the luncheon. Joining Mr. Dayton as the afternoon’s mission speakers will be the Hart Family. Like many expectant parents Erin and Dan Hart were excited about starting their family and even more excited when they learned they were having twin boys. However, their world turned upside down when Erin went into premature labor at 22 weeks. Ethan and Casey were born, each weighing just a pound. Sadly, the twins only survived a very short time, unable to overcome their very early birth.
A year after their loss, the Harts participated in a March of Dimes fundraiser. Through the March of Dimes, they found understanding and a means to remember their sons while helping to reach the day when all babies will be born healthy.
Today, the Harts have two healthy daughters, Kaelin Reese (5) and Kelsey Grace (3). During each of these pregnancies, Erin received weekly progesterone treatments given to expectant moms who have had a preterm birth to help carry to full term. This treatment came as a result of March of Dimes funded research.
Premature birth touches nearly half a million babies and their families every year, including nearly 17,000 in Pennsylvania. Babies born too soon are more likely to die or have disabilities. Nationally, more than 120,000 babies are born with serious birth defects that can mean a lifetime of disability. Babies born healthy need champions, too, to ensure they have access to newborn screening and preventive health care. The March of Dimes is there for all babies.
Funds raised by the Transportation, Building and Construction Awards help support prenatal wellness programs, research grants, neonatal intensive care units (NICU), family support programs and advocacy efforts for stronger, healthier babies. Currently, the March of Dimes is investing more than $99 million nationally and $4.5 million in Pennsylvania in research and programs.
Sponsors of this year’s Transportation, Building & Construction Luncheon include: Operating Engineers Local 66, Highmark, Michael Baker, HDR, PJ Dick, AECOM, ALCM, CDR Maguire, CONSOL Energy, I.B.E.W., MedExpress, Pennoni Associates Inc., Rhea Engineers & Consultants Inc., SAI Consulting Engineers, Inc., and UPMC Health Plan.KDKA-AM, Trib Total Media and Pittsburgh Magazine are the event’s media partners.
Corporate tables are available at $1500 or individual tickets at $150. Visit the March of Dimes web site at www.marchofdimes.com/pennsylvania to make reservations or for more additional information or phone 412-505-2200.
About the March of Dimes
March of Dimes is the leading non-profit organization for maternal and infant health. For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines and breakthroughs. With chapters nationwide, the March of Dimes works to prevent birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com or nacersano.org. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.