Rustic Elegance Raises Moo-lah for Monongahela Valley Hospital

(May 24, 2017 - Carroll Township, Pa.)

Monongahela Valley Hospital's (MVH) annual black-tie fundraiser held Saturday, May 20, was themed "Rustic Elegance" after the simple and stylish concept of a trendy outdoor barn wedding.

Monongahela Valley Hospital's (MVH) Gala 29, sponsored by the Mon-Vale Health Resources Fund Development Committee and MVH's Office of Fund Development, was held in a new location this year due to overwhelming attendance at the Grand Ballroom of the Wyndham Grand in downtown Pittsburgh.

The 630 guests, adorned in their best "rustic elegance" attire, helped to raise a record-breaking amount of $162,000. Top sponsors of the evening were Allegheny Health Network, Doctors First, Giant Eagle, OSPTA, Range Resources and Undine.

The event celebrated seven exemplary individuals for their commitment to excellence with Dimensions in Performance Awards. These awards honor the multi-dimensional talents of special friends, benefactors and members of the health care family who have distinguished themselves in the areas of philanthropy, medicine, volunteerism and civic well-being.

Archie and Toni Allridge, the vice president and president of Mon Valley Foods were presented with The Rose Award for Dimensions in Philanthropy. The Allridges are compelled to give back to the community by providing their time and resources to help strengthen the quality of life in the region. The Rose Award was created to honor the late Mrs. Rose Sweeney Melenyzer, a longtime friend and benefactor to Mon-Vale Health Resources, Inc. This award recognizes members of our community for their benevolence and dedication to the enhancement of quality health care.

Bestowed with The Sickman-Levin Award for Dimensions in Medicine was L. Douglas Pepper, M.D. During the past 34 years, MVH has been privileged to have Dr. Pepper on staff. He was elected to serve as vice president of the Medical Staff Executive Committee in 2012 and became the president in 2016. Dr. Pepper is committed to providing patients the highest standard of care, delivered with compassion and integrity. The Sickman-Levin Award was created to honor two physicians, Albert S. Sickman and Herbert J. Levin, for their many outstanding contributions to health care in the mid-Monongahela Valley.

Ruth Antonelli was imparted with The Rossomme Award for Dimensions in Volunteer Service. Ruth is serving her third term as the president of the Auxiliary of Mon-Vale Health Recourses, Inc. During her first two terms, she led the Auxiliary as the organization generously participated in the Hospital's $2.5 million Capital Campaign with a $100,000 pledge. During Ruth's term, the Auxiliary raised funds for new digital mammography equipment for HealthPlex Imaging and other patient care equipment. The Rossomme Award was established to honor the memory of Florence S. Rossomme. This award recognizes people who tirelessly give of their time and talents in volunteer service to the health system.

The Gibbons Award for Dimensions in Community Service was given to the Washington County Commissioners, Larry Maggi, Diana Irey Vaughan and Harlan G. Shober Jr. For the past five years, these elected leaders have worked together as a cohesive team to lead economic development, generate growth and protect the environment. Although they come from diverse backgrounds, the three commissioners share common traits that have enable them to act in the best interest of taxpayers, preserve rural areas, increase the population and maintain the County's country charm while attracting new businesses. The Gibbons Award was established to honor the late Eugene Gibbons whose legacy to the commitment of health care spanned 55 years as an officer and member of the Mon-Vale Health Resources Board. This award is given to those who are dedicated to the health, social and civic needs of area residents and help to improve the quality of life.

Gala 29 began with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m.

"Rustic Elegance" came to a close with music and dancing from one of Pittsburgh's finest variety bands, Cityscape.

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