Thank you to everyone who Celebrated “New Beginnings” with us on Nov 11, 2022 at the Omni William Penn Hotel. The Keynote speaker was Celeste C Smith, Cultural Leader.
The event honors members of our community with Aggie Brose Awards for their excellence in community activism in Pittsburgh. This event provides meaningful community development programs for Garfield and beyond. 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 and college preparation for local youths, new business development in the Penn Avenue commercial district, and neighborhood beautification projects.
Aggie Brose Honorees for 2022:
- Joann Monroe- Executive Director, Garfield Jubilee
- Kristin Hughes-Octopus Garden founder & Friendship resident
- AJ Monsma- Community Engagement Coordinator for Garfield Community Farm
- Dr. Kendra Ross- Head of Social Impact at Duolingo
Aggie Awards Video
Photos of the 2022 Aggie Awards Luncheon.
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2022 Aggie Awards Sponsors
Highmark / Allegheny Health Network
Learning Place, UPMC, DuoLingo, Mistick Construction, PNC Bank
Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania, Gatesburg Road Development, Flagherty & Ohara, Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh, Wagner Agency INC. Insurance, First National Bank, Module, Bridgeway Capital, Armor Plumbing, Move PGH, Citizens Bank
Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group, Trace Brewing, Action Housing, LGA Partners, Neighborhood Allies, Remax, mossArchitects, goodblend, GRB Law
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Beacon Communities presented The 17th Annual BGC Awards & Luncheon “Women of Strength During Uncertain Times” on Friday, Nov. 12, 2021.
The event was held at the Omni William Penn Hotel. The event featured Dr. Diamonte Walker as the Keynote Speaker. The Aggie Brose Awards were given to Tammy Thompson, Natalie DeiCas, Dr. Staci Ford, and Linda Fulmer.
Tammy Thompson, Executive Director of Circles Greater Pittsburgh, works to connect people across socioeconomic lines in an effort to move people and families out of poverty. Circles has assisted approximately 1,200 people during the pandemic by delivering basic needs to families, waiving rent, and giving small grants to businesses.
Natalie DeiCas, chef/owner of Everyday’s a Sunday Cafe, provides free food to approximately 80 families every day. Drawing on donations from 412 Food Rescue and various local donors, as well as her own personal funds, Natalie ensures that anyone who walks in her door is fed, regardless of their ability to pay.
Dr. Staci Ford founded Kyle’s Hope in 2005, in honor of her son who was born with a terminal disease, to support local families’ medical and mental health needs. Working with the BGC, Laurentian Hall Apts., Zone 5 Police, Garfield Jubilee, and Garfield Commons, Dr. Ford has delivered free food to hundreds of families every week during the pandemic.
Linda Fulmer, a professional in the field of affordable housing for nearly 20 years, works tirelessly to enhance the quality of life for residents of Laurentian Hall Apts. and Garfield Glen 1 & 2. Partnering with 412 Food Rescue during the pandemic, she’s helped deliver thousands of pounds of food to East End residents.
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
2018 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
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