2021 The Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation 17th Annual Luncheon

“Women of Strength During Uncertain Times”


The event took place on Friday, Nov. 12, 2021 at the Omni William Penn Hotel. The Keynote Speaker was Dr. Diamonte Walker, the Deputy Executive Director of the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh (URA), where she provides strategy, vision, operations management, team development, and leadership. Aggie Brose Awards were given to Tammy Thompson, Executive Director of Catapult Greater Pittsburgh, Natalie DeiCas, chef/owner of Everyday’s a Sunday Cafe, Dr. Staci Ford founder, Kyle’s Hope, and Linda Fulmer, a professional in the field of affordable housing for nearly 20 years.


Program Book – FINAL – 20 pages – BGC Luncheon 2021

Cover – exterior + interior – BGC Luncheon 2021 program book

Thank you to our sponsors!

Beacon Communities

Highmark / Allegheny Health Network

Learning Place, UPMC, GRB Law, Encore, & Mistick Construction

Bridgeway Capital, Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania, Citizens Bank, Gatesburg Road Development, Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh, Community Equip’d, Dollar Bank, Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group, Wagner Agency INC. Insurance, goodblend, Trace Brewing, Richard Hatcher, & Law Offices of Wayne D. Gerhold

Contact Nina Gibbs (nina@bloomfield-garfield.org or 412.441.6950) for more information.

Since 1975, the Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation (BGC) has served Garfield and the larger East End community with workforce development and career placements, affordable housing construction, mentoring & college preparation for local youths, new business development in the Penn Avenue commercial district, and neighborhood beautification projects.




The Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation 16th Annual Luncheon

Downtown – On Friday, Nov. 15, 2019 local residents, government officials, community groups, banks, and more gathered at the Omni William Penn Hotel to celebrate the Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation’s (BGC) sixteenth annual luncheon.

This year’s luncheon honored the efforts of Women of Distinction in Community Development. The keynote speaker was Gisele Fetterman, the Second Lady of PA, who has dedicated her energy to grass-roots programs in Braddock. The crowd was moved to tears as Mrs. Fetterman described her childhood and how she uses it as motivation in her work today, noting that connecting individuals with homes, food, and clothing are her main goals.

The late Aggie Brose was the cornerstone of the BGC, and this year’s luncheon. Speakers who knew her well honored her legacy with fond memories and anecdotes. As part of the ceremony, the BGC presented the first annual Aggie Brose awards.  The inaugural honorees are: LaShawn Burton Faulk, of Manchester Citizens Corp.; Celeste Scott, of Pittsburgh United; and Jessica Smith Perry, of the URA. Family members of the late Aggie Brose joined BGC Executive Director Rick Swartz in presenting these special awards. Commander Jason Lando, formerly of PGH Police Zone 5, was presented the Distinguished Public Service award.

BGC 2019 Luncheon- Photos by John Colombo

Video tribute to Aggie Brose

BGC Year in Review & Future Goals Video


Last Year's Luncheon
 The Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation’s Board of Directors  celebrated 2018’s achievements on Friday Nov 9, 2018 at The Omni William Penn.

The festivities kicked off with a Short Film by 
Documentary artist, Chris Ivey

The Keynote Speaker for the event was 
State Rep. Ed Gainey D-Allegheny from The PA House of Representatives.  
Emcee was P.J. Maloney of KQV Radio 
Awards were given!
Pioneer Honoree: 
John Axtell, Neighborhood Advocate 
Public Service Honoree: 
Carl Redwood, Hill District Consensus group