As most of you know, GBA celebrated its 20th anniversary on September 12 at Phipps Conservatory. The festivities began with a fancy dinner gala, which celebrated the leadership of Pittsburgh’s Heinz Endowments in spear-heading the green building movement in our region. The dinner was attended by an awesome collection of movers and shakers, not just locally, but from all over the country. We were delighted that Rebecca Flora (GBA’s first executive director), Bill Peduto (democratic candidate for mayor), and Rich Fitzgerald (Allegheny County Executive) attended the dinner along with representatives from the U.S. Green Building Council and the Heinz Endowments (both past and present).
Along with the dinner gala, we also hosted a Garden Party Dessert Reception in the outdoor gardens of Phipps. The lively spirit of the crowd (which included the folks who came over after the dinner gala, and people who only attended the dessert party) was not to be dampened by the sporadic rain storms! We enjoyed live music from the Sam Lamont band, as well as some slight of hand entertainment from magician Paul Gertner. What fun we had!
It’s hard to pick just one highlight of the evening. The food and beverages were great, the company was inspiring and delightful, and the entertainment was talented and fun. It was a wonderful evening! But I have to say, my favorite part may have been the surprise appearance of none other than Miss Olive Greane!
We are so proud of all that has been accomplished in our region over the past 20 years. The successes we’ve been celebrating are not ours alone – they are the result of many people, many organizations, and many collaborations. It was an honor to get together with so many new and old friends at our party, to recognize all the work that has been done and to look towards the future with all of you.
Thanks so much to everyone who came out to celebrate with us – I hope you had as much fun as we did!