VOLUME 27 • NO. 2 • HOLIDAY 2009 Executive Director’s IN THIS ISSUE 2 Message 4 Volunteer& Community Corner 5 Guest News and Announcements 8 Annual Donor Listing A Smashing Maple Candy and Success, the Rocking Chairs Gifting Gala Benefits Families other guests in the midst of their own D anny loves to garden in his A s a dear friend of Family House, you backyard and watch car races. crisis were able to provide refuge from have most likely heard about the Cheryl knits on her front porch the daily stresses and struggles fac- Family Assistance Fund and the and watches their grandsons grow up. ing Danny and Cheryl. essential role it plays in our guests’ lives and Every Sunday afternoon, Danny and well-being. Established in 1986, the Family Cheryl Bourassa and their family eat Now, Danny and Cheryl are Assistance Fund was created to ensure that together, share stories and enjoy home- cardholders at the Carnegie no family would ever be turned away due to made maple candy. Library of Pittsburgh. They an inability to pay. Through the Family know the transplant center sec- Assistance Fund, financial burden is elimi- This past April, Danny learned that he retaries by name. Every week, nated for families by offering subsidized needed a modified multi-visceral trans- they set aside a day to do laun- room rates. plant, which meant that most of his dry. They walk through the tree-lined streets of Shadyside. The lights were aglow at the University digestive tract –except for the liver– Club Ballroom. Dinner was divine. The would need to be transplanted. In between doctor’s appoint- band began to play and the boas and sun- ments, they visit the zoo, Mount glasses came out. Guests hit the dance floor So Danny and Cheryl left their family, Washington, the Strip District and to the tunes of the Studio-E Band, and friends and home in North Woodstock, downtown. raised nearly $80,000 to benefit Family New Hampshire, to wait for the perfect House’s Family Assistance Fund. donor match in Pittsburgh. Finding the Danny and Cheryl seek other multi-vis- right match could and would take ceral transplant patients to help under- The May 1st Gifting Gala was created to months. While they waited, Danny and stand real stories and cope with the inter- help the Family Assistance Fund. Established Cheryl needed a place to call home, a minable waiting, the false alarms and Twice, Danny and Cheryl went to the Cont’d on page 3 place that would provide the support and many uncertainties. hospital in hopes of finding the right understanding they desperately needed match. They’ve been called numerous Their room in Family House Neville is times. Each time, the match wasn’t quite in a foreign city. On May 11, they checked into Family House Neville. full of pictures and quilts from North right. 2009 Polo-tini The first two weeks in Pittsburgh were Woodstock. They are now long-term res- idents. For more than four months, they This September, Danny and Cheryl Shakes Up the hardest. They had to figure out how waited for that perfect donor match. were looking forward to their first Polo James Bond preferred his martinis to navigate hospitals in a new and unfa- During that time, Danny and Cheryl match. But it wasn’t meant to be. On “shaken, not stirred.” miliar city. When they visited UPMC, it relied on Family House’s support net- September 6, Danny was called to the took them a half an hour to travel across work. They made friends. They cooked hospital for a potential match. This A t Family House’s 2009 Polo-tini, the bridge from Motefiore to and shared meals with other guests, and time, it was just right. Perfect, in fact. original martini-mixes overflowed Presbyterian. Danny and Cheryl had to shared their stories and struggles with He missed Polo, but Danny is now and more than 300 revelers were create new daily routines and find a sup- sympathetic listeners. They formed a recovering, waiting for the day when he treated to tasty treats and high-fashion. port network to navigate the waiting and new family and support system during can again enjoy Five Guys french-fries Swank local tv anchor models and Family uncertainties that are familiar to trans- this crisis. and a Primanti Brothers’ sandwich. House friends strutted down the catwalk plant patients. The volunteers, staff and during the fashion show and raised nearly $10,000 for the organization, with the generous help of Hefren-Tillotson and The 2009 Family House Polo Match officially Saks Fifth Avenue. started when attendees rang their polo bells in honor of the guests who seek refuge in Family On May 29th, guests filled Saks Fifth House’s homes. Polo goers remembered those Avenue for the annual fundraiser benefit- guests who were unable to participate in the ing Family House. Longtime Family day’s festivities. If you were able to join us this House friends and event co-chairs, Carrie Conboy and Laura Penrod Kronk min- year, know that you were ringing your bell for gled, guests shopped and drinks were guests like Danny and Cheryl Bourassa. Even served. Cocktails were prepared by Bossa though they couldn’t make it, they were cele- Nova, Elixir, Houlihan’s, Mirabelle brating too. Restaurant, Palomino, Six Penn, Willow and The Wine Loft. La Crème and Panera For 26 years now, Family House has hosted Bread provided munchies and elegant raf- Polo in honor and benefit of the guests who fle prizes were won. Whirl Magazine’s Christine and Jack Tumpson emceed the call Family House home during incredibly dif- fashion show with hairstyles presented by ficult medical crisis. We are grateful to our Salon Vivice. A portion of the evening’s extended family of patrons and sponsors for sales benefited Family House. their magnanimous support. Cont’d on page 3 2 Family House friends Message from the Family House, Inc. Board of Directors Executive Director Gregg A. Troian Chairman Kevin Fitzgerald Dear Friends, Family House Board Vice Chairman Joel H. Ettinger It is with great pleasure that we provide Announcements Permanent Vice Chairman Glen Feinberg Treasurer you with a look at recent happenings at Family House is pleased to announce the newest member of Bobbee Slotsky Kramer Family House through this edition of its Board of Directors, Mark Popovich. His esteemed profes- Secretary our newsletter. I find that it is some- sional background and active community involvement will Diana Bills Fred Branovan times hard to describe the impact of the serve Family House well in our efforts to remain a strong G. Reynolds Clark efforts of so many in making our houses partner to many corporations and organizations in the area. Robert Cochran a “home away from home” for many Gayland B. Cook Susie Franklin deserving families each year. Hopefully, Mr. Mark Popovich Floyd R. Ganassi John Innocenti seeing photos and reading about the Mark Popovich is the Managing Director of Holliday Bruce Kaplan variety of ways that our community of friends and families, cor- Fenoglio Fowler’s (HFF) Pittsburgh office, and has 20 Robert Kormos, MD porations, foundations, and organizations support our mission James Kutka, Jr. years of experience in commercial real estate finance. He Mary Beth Leech fills you with a sense of pride and inspiration. Peter Leone, Jr. joined HFF in 1997. Before his work with HFF, Mr. Holly Lorenz, RN, MSN This has been an incredible year for our organization. Thank You Popovich was a Director with PricewaterhouseCoopers’ David Lovejoy James D. Luketich, MD can not begin to express how much our organization appreciates Real Estate Advisory Services Group. Ruth W. McGregor the involvement and support of so many of our dear friends. You Todd C. Moules Philip F. Muck have truly made Family House a place where families come to In addition to his capital markets experience, Mr. Eugene Myers, MD heal. Our staff and volunteers create such a welcoming, comfort- Popovich was tapped for a number of high-profile con- David B. Navikas Anne Noland ing and hopeful environment because we realize that life is so sulting assignments, including: tenant representation Mark Popovich fragile and although guests may not remember exactly what words services for Fortune 500 corporations, and develop- Patrick Riley Peter Shaw, MD we use, or specifically what we did; they do remember how we ment counseling assistance to the Sports & Exhibition Paul M. Singer make them feel. It is that simple gift we give by just being our- Authority of Allegheny County, the Urban Philip Spina Jeannine Spinola selves that can make such a tremendous difference to someone Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh, Highmark, Randy Struk facing critical decisions and serious illness. We are able to do this Goodwill Industries, the Pittsburgh Penguins, Steelers Kevin Thomas because of the support that many of you provide. Al Vallano and Pirates. John Williams, MD Emeritus I invite all of you to continue being a part of our community and Nicholas A. Beldecos know that we simply cannot deliver our mission of care without Mr. Popovich was introduced to Family House by cur- Patricia G. Berman you! Please consider Family House during this upcoming holiday rent Board member, Fred Branovan. Mr. Branovan William J. Copeland Bartley P. Griffith, MD season and join our efforts in welcoming and providing support to recommended Mr. Popovich because of his expertise Howard (Hoddy) Hanna III more than 1,000 families a month who call Family House “home”. and experience in hospitality and finance. Stacy Smith Thomas E. Starzl, MD, PhD Theodore Struk Best wishes to you and yours, Staff Christie Knott Executive Director Shaheen Akhtar Neville House Resident Manager Jack Anke Director of Finance Kay Bebenek Shadyside House Manager Krissy DeShetler Development Associate Laurie Checkley University Place Manager Chuck Dunkel Director of Maintenance Beth Ellis Business Manager Gerri Giles Director of Volunteers & Community Resources Kara Ionadi Events Coordinator Kayleigh King Administrative Assistant We at Family House are saddened by the death of our dear friend and staff mem- Patti Likar Director of Guest Services ber, Bonnie Fircak. Bonnie died on Friday, August 28, 2009 following a long and Farida Qureshi courageous battle with cancer. Additionally, Bonnie was both a liver and kidney McKee House Resident Manager transplant survivor and an inspiration to everyone she met. Jackie Rutkowski Guest Services Coordinator Lynell Scaff Senior Director of Finance Bonnie joined Family House as a volunteer in 1997 and became a staff member & Administration in 1999. Bonnie brought much warmth, kindness and understanding to the Jo-Ann Simonson University Place Resident Manager many families, staff members and volunteers she comforted and befriended over Susan Singer the years. Bonnie shared her passion for Family House and the families we serve McKee House Manager Shadina Strider with her own family and we were fortunate to have her sister, Patricia and her Shadyside House Resident Manager son, Michael as staff members and also Michael and his wife Holly as volunteers. Marcia Wallander Director of Development Part Time Staff Amidst the tears, we have been sharing stories of Bonnie and what she meant to so many of us. Christie Kathie Barlow Charlie Kottler Knott, executive director shared, “I can honestly say that Bonnie was the finest person I have ever met – she Karen Barron Vicky Krohe Barbara Berger Kitsy McNulty loved her life, loved her family and she loved Family House. We as an organization have been blessed by her Gina Calabrese JoAnn Malenock Janet Checkley Faye Mansfeld dedication and care and will miss her joyful presence.” Linda Clark Tony Marvin Denise Daughtery Leah O’Reilly Drew Drombosky Rose Pian Christie also noted that Bonnie wrote on her self appraisal last year, “My greatest joy is being apart of Family Willa Dukes Katie Riedinger Jacy Eastland Glenn Rump House. I feel that it gives me a chance just to say thanks for all my Blessings. I get way more than I give, doing Bonnie Fircak Jo Anne Schwarz your mission.” Bruce Foster Mary Jean Spencer Christina Gerstel Matthew Stevenson Gwen Hawk Rita Tauberg Melissa Hildebrand Betsy Van Dusen We think of Bonnie when we say “Amazing things happen when your heart is in the right place”…she was Don Hughes Leah Whitcroft truly an amazing person. Bonnie will be missed by our guests, staff, friends and her family. Tamasia Johnson Peg Wietharn Becky Kennedy Contributing Editor Regina Parundik Cobblestone Communications Layout and Design Bethel Park Printing Family House friends 3 Smashing Success Cont’d in 1986, Family Assistance ensures that no family is turned away due to an inability to pay. With the addition of Family House University Place, the need for Family Assistance increased substantially this year. To maintain the program, Family House must now raise more than $200,000 annually from foundations, corporations, indi- vidual donors and special events. A steadfast partner and friend, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center gener- ously supported the event as the platinum sponsor. Family House raised approxi- mately $80,000 in net proceeds. Committed Family House volunteers and event co-chairs, Sharon Fitzgerald and Jeanne Vallano greeted guests at the cocktail reception, while event volunteers showed guests around Family House University Place. Thank you to everyone who made the evening a success. Event Chair, Jeanne Vallano, Family House Executive Director, Christie Knott, Event Chair, Sharon Fitzgerald If you are interested in learning more about the Family Assistance Fund and how you can help families in financial need, please contact the Family House Development Department. Marcia Wallander, director of development, may be reached at (412) 647-5809 or firstname.lastname@example.org Polotini Cont’d A Special Family House Congratulations & Welcome As Family House continues to grow and evolve, we rely on the support of our full and part-time staff to keep our organization running smoothly and efficiently. Please join us in celebrating the newest members of our family. Jo-Ann L. Simonson – University Place Resident Manager When our newest facility opened on April 13th, Jo-Ann officially became the resident manager of Family House University Place. While she has 23 years of experience in non- profit administration and management, Jo-Ann is a “perpetual student,” and maintains a Bachelors of Science in Community Ministry is attending the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary to receive her Masters of Divinity degree. Shadina Strider – Shadyside House Resident Manager When Jackie Rutkowski became Family House’s Guest Services Coordinator, someone needed to fill her place as Shadyside’s Resident Manager. In June 2009, Shadina Strider stepped in and hasn’t looked back since. She has an extensive professional, education and volunteer background, ranging from the Supervisor of UPMC’s Institutional Review Event Chairs, Carrie Conboy and Laura Penrod Krank Board to a Lezner Tour and Travel Tour Director to an Assistant Youth pastor, counselor, teacher and singer. The DelGrosso family treated attendees to samples of their delicious pasta sauce to savor during their next pasta dinner. New part-time house managers include: Barbara Berger, Gwendolyn Hawk, Becky Thank you to everyone who made this event a success including event committee Kennedy, Joanne Malenock, Tory Marvin, Leah Price-O’Reilly, Katie Riedinger, Betsy member Amy Joseph, Robert Lee, Linda Mason and Gina Zumpella under the Van Dusen and Leah Whitcroft. direction of event chairs Carrie Conboy and Laura Penrod Kronk. The event was an exciting kickoff to the polo season and the start of Erin Burger and Sharon Family House is also fortunate to welcome Tamasia Johnson, a development intern. Ciocca’s leadership as chair and vice-chair of Polo 2009. Mark Your Calendar! Shadyside Chamber of Commerce Think Holidays! Think Shadyside! 2009 Campaign Canister Collections on Walnut Street Saturdays – Nov. 28, Dec. 5, 12 & 19 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thank yo u You made m when I r y stay more comfo equ rtable closed cap ested another TV tio w ed a TTY ning. Also, you p ith te rov without m lephone when I a id- y request. rrived Thank yo u. The CLO Mini Stars perform at the Family House Tent during the Think Holidays! Think Shadyside! Campaign. Guest from Doylestow Family House Gifting Gala n, PA Spring 2010 – Time and Place TBD 27th Annual Family House Polo Match Saturday, September 11, 2010 - Hartwood Acres For more information, please contact Kara Ionadi at 412-647-0389 or kiona- email@example.com 4 Family House friends Volunteer & CommunityHouse... at Family Corner Founding Volunteers Earn The 2009 Jefferson Award Welcome New Family House Volunteers We are pleased to welcome 59 new house volunteers to our ever-growing “fam- ily”. They will help to provide our guest with a warm and friendly atmosphere. These volunteers will be volunteering at McKee, Neville, Shadyside and our newly opened University Place. A special thanks to our volunteer trainers who continue to go above and beyond the call of duty to provide guidance and support to our new volunteers! Mandi Abdulally Angie Frie Wanda Rall Susan Adkins Lillie Marie Frydrych Liz Reagan Laura Arrigo Anita Gallagher Jennica Roche Carly Bishop Pat K. Gibbons Leah Rose Sarah Bonaffini Haley Hartle Gail Sakalik Barbara Braunstein Noelle Howard Emma Lee Schauf Nancy Bromberg Beth Hydovitz Christina M. Schirra Diane Callihan Nikki Jaskiewicz Sally Seed Joette Carlson Yvonne (Von) Keairns Rita Marie Sico Valerie Carroll Caroline Koenig Sarah Silverman Family House extends a heartfelt thank you and well-deserved congratulations to Sophie Vargo, Patti Berman, Jane Ellis, Gerry Silverman, and the family of the late Mary Struk. They Dana Chaffin Mary Anne Kormos Lindsay Starner are the recipients of the 2009 Jefferson Award; this prestigious award is given to ordinary peo- Sarah Chverchko Flannery Loughran Sonya Sydney ple who do extraordinary things. These Family House founding volunteers are true heroes Laura Colson Sofia Massaro Valerie Tollini and committed to helping others. Flora Costanzo Olivia Massaro Michelle D. Tomei Lynda S. Coslov Robin McKown Robert (RT) Tourek Twenty-five years ago, these incredible women helped to open the first Family House, McKee Licercia Crawley Brian McWilliams Donna Trust Place. From stacking dishes and sorting linens to making generous financial contributions, they continue to play an active and integral role at Family House. Collectively, this team of Dan Duffy Karen McWilliams Esther S. Vespa volunteers donated more than 15,000 hours of their time to Family House, which now serves Joyce Fienberg Megan Miller Carly Ann Werner more than 10,000 guests every year. Thank you! Carol S. Foglia Missy Ortego Donna Williams Lauren Frankel Susan Patton Volunteers are Always Appreciated and Needed Thank you fro Every day our houses are filled with families from across the country and bottom of our m the all over the world who experience frightening, critical moments in their lives. At Family House, they receive the warmth and caring ways of our My family and hearts staff, volunteers and community, making their stay less stressful. On any I just wante d to say thank hearts for you you from the given day, you can see many volunteer activities taking place, like students r kindness and bottom compassion du doing an outside painting project, a local rotary, family group or neighbor- and volunteers are second to ring our stay… of our to stay there w none and we w Your staff hood friends cooking dinner for our guests or talented individuals con- hile my father ere so thankfu our thanks for -in-law was in l to be able ducting a walking tour of the area. all that you do! the hospital. Please accept Family from Per kasie, PA These acts of kindness are invaluable gifts that help to make our houses a home for the thousands of people who need a place like Family House dur- This is my 4th time to stay at ing their time in Pittsburgh. Many guests comment on how it helps them it has been a ble the Family Hou ssing for me! I se in the last 4 live in a small ru year cope with the burden of their stress. and feel safe at your Family H ral area in South s, and the evenings, th ouse. When I ern Ohio ere’s always a fr return from th to talk to in th iendly volunte e hospital in If you would like to share your talents with Family House, please contact e kitchen that er to greet me a loved one in understand wh and people Kayleigh King at 412-647-5811 or firstname.lastname@example.org the hospital. at I am going tumor surgery, My husband h through with and I know th as just had his appreciate ever ere will be mor 6th brain ything you do e to come, so Guest from Ree to make our st I really do dsville, OH ay as nice as p ossible. I understand th is house [Univ homey. All th ersity Place] is e staff was ab new and it is b scared and con solutely welco eautiful and fused. You can ming at a tim We really hop not get this ty e we were so e that some d pe of service at money because ay we would any hotel. you helped us be able to sen when we need d you more ed it the most. We can’t thank you enough, A. & E., Water ford, PA Family House friends 5 Guest News and Announcements No Mileage Restrictions for guests! Day Rooms Available at University Place With the opening of our fourth Family House – University Place -- we have rooms Day rooms are now available at Family House University Place at 123 and are able to accomodate families from near and far. Patients and/or their University Place and Fifth Avenue at the University Club in Oakland. Families requesting rooms at Family House -- get rooms at Family House! We ask Guest Rooms are available for up to 8 hours and are priced as a $20 dona- guests to contact our housing office as soon as they have an arrival date, provide us tion. A welcoming group of volunteers, guests and staff welcome all guests all the information regarding their stay and then simply call on the day of arrival to who need the comfort or support of those who understand their stress. obtain their house assignment and room number. Families and patients are able to take a nap or shower in a private room and Guests and Families in 2nd Room Stay at Half Price during their stay or visit – guests have full use of our facilities including: As a gift to our Families we are offering guests staying at Family House during November, December and January a second room at half price. Double rooms are • A large kitchen – complete with dishes, pots & pans, utensils $50, a second double room is $25; suites are $60, a second suite is $30 -- this spe- and cooking pantry cial rate does not include single rooms. This rate is good for one week at a time • Laundry room and valid only while rooms are available. We will include this offer on weekend • Library and computer work room stays, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings, throughout 2010, while rooms are • Free wireless internet access available. To receive this offer, guests should make a second room request directly • Exercise room through their house manager. • Family and living rooms with TVs and games New Prompts for Housing Phone Line Handicapped accessible rooms, bathrooms and an elevator for accessibility To help make contacting Family House easier – we have added prompts to our are available. For more information, please call our housing office at 412- housing phone line. Guests now have the option to choose from “same day room 647-7777 or University Place directly at 412-578-3095. requests” and “future room requests” – and have options for questions, directions, addresses and phone numbers. For basic information about Family House – such as directions, housing guidelines, address and phone numbers, guests may visit our website under the Patient/Guest tab or at ttp://www.familyhouse.org/faqs.asp. Family Assistance Family House is very proud to be able to continue to dis- tribute Family Assistance funds to further subsidize Family House Room Rates. It costs on average, $70/day to operate each guest rooms in our facilities. Family Assistance is available to eligible guests to help further subsidize the cost of our rooms. Especially those who are frequent guests and for those who will be with us for longer periods of time. Please check with your Social Worker to obtain more information. Your Charitable Contributions Can Go Further With Tax-Free Gifts from IRAs Good news for people aged 70½ and older with individual retirement What are the Benefits of Qualified Charitable Distributions? accounts! IRA owners are allowed to make tax-free charitable gifts. • They can total up to $100,000 in each tax year (if your spouse has a separate Donations totaling up to $100,000 per year from IRAs can be directed to IRA account, you can each contribute up to $100,000 per tax year); eligible charities – like Family House. • They can be excluded from your gross income for federal income tax purposes on line 15a of Form 1040 (no charitable deduction is available, however); The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 (H.R. 1424) was passed • They can be used to satisfy your Minimum Required Distribution (MRD); last year and the legislation includes a two-year extension of the IRA charita- • Are not subject to the 50% deductibility ceiling or the 2% rule. ble rollover. For example: If you are required to receive minimum distributions from your IRA and If Roberta is 70 ½ years old and has $500,000 in her IRA, she is required to with- you do not need the money for personal use, consider using those funds as a draw approximately $25,000 this year. If she is also in the process of making a gift in charitable gift. The provision applies to gifts from January 2008 through the amount of $20,000 to Family House – she can authorize the administrator of her December 31, 2009, for those age 70 ½ at the time of the gift. IRA to transfer $20,000 directly to Family House and $5,000 to herself. The $20,000 distributed will not be subject to tax and will be counted toward her annual Required What are the limitations? Minimum Distribution. • Transfers must be made from a traditional or Roth IRA account by your plan provider DIRECTLY to the charity. (Please note: Funds The Next Step: that are withdrawn by you and then contributed do NOT qualify.) We will be pleased to assist you in any way possible. For more information, please con- • Gifts from 401k, 403b, SEP and other retirement plans do not tact Marcia Wallander, director of development at Family House at 412-647-5808. qualify. • Planned gifts to do not qualify. [Gifts cannot be distributed to Please note that the material presented in this newsletter is not offered as legal or tax advice. Please seek the donor-advised funds, life-income arrangements and gift annuities.] advice of your financial advisor, tax advisor or legal professional to determine if this is the best option for you. More Ways to Give . . . UNITED WAY CONTRIBUTOR CHOICE #859 – If your company is participating in a United Way campaign and you are thinking about the impact of your annual giving, please consider directing all or part of your gift to Family House. Family House Contributor Choice: #859 DOUBLE YOUR GIFT – Many companies match charitable gifts of their employees and spouses, board mem- bers and retired employees. Check with your human resource office for more information. ESTATE PLANNING – If you are considering placing Family House in your will – or need information, please contact Marcia Wallander, director of development at 412-647-5808. ONLINE GIVING – To make a direct gift, or to learn more, visit us online at www.familyhouse.org.