The Bradley Center
The Bradley Center
5180 Campbells Run Rd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15205
Building lives of possibility
A Note from Lisa
I recently read an overview written by a student who was given the
opportunity to travel abroad as part of his University experience. He
started his summary with a quote from Confucius, which stated: “a
journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step. The first step
is important for two reasons: a single step signifies the direction you
travel, and it represents where you travel from.”
As a member of the Bradley community this resonates with me. The many steps we have taken as an agency,
for over 105 years, are significant in their own right, but they would have been nothing without that first step
taken by Elizabeth A. Bradley as she recognized children in need and worked tirelessly to provide them with
the care and love they deserved.
It’s my hope that Bradley continues to take “many steps” into the future. But regardless of where our journey
may lead, it is that first step, a single step that unites us as a community whose mission it is to empower,
nurture and serve children.
Board of Trustees & Staff Best wishes to you in this new year!
Ways to Help Regards,
Clifford E. Kress United Way Contributor Bequests
Co-Chairman Choice Program Including The Bradley Center in your
Eugene Zappa Bradley’s Number is #211. will is an easy way to continue
Treasurer your support.
Frank J. Palermo, Jr., CPA Combined Federal Campaign
Bradley’s CFC number is #59932 Check
Secretary Please make your check payable to
George W. Rooney, Jr., CFRE Corporate Matching Gifts “The Bradley Center,” and mail to:
David K. Bucklew If your company matches charitable The Bradley Center Bradley is Sanctuary Certified
Patricia A. Hargest, CFRE contributions, your gift to Bradley ATTN: Karen Zimmerman
Charles A. Hart could easily increase. 5180 Campbells Run Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15205
William J. Hetrick In-Kind Donations
2010 ended with terrific news that The Bradley Center had passed the Sanctuary Model certification. After 2 years of
Dwight A. Howes, Esq. Bradley accepts items ranging from For more information on helping Bradley, preparation, Bradley joined 5 other organizations in Pennsylvania with this prestigious certification.
J. LaVon Kincaid, Sr., D. Min. new toys & clothing to school supplies. please call the Development Dept. at
Chief Executive Officer 412-788-8219
The Sanctuary Model is a treatment and organizational model that is based on understanding trauma. It provides the tools for
Lisa R. Fox Honor / Memorial Giving
Executive Administrator Remember someone special in your managing stress and adversity. Every staff and resident in care focus on"SELF" - Safety (physical, psychological, social and
of Operations life with a donation through our moral), Emotion management, Loss (traumatic experiences and separation), and the Future (how can things get better?).
Honor/Memorial Giving Program.
Chief Medical Officer In the notification letter from the Dept. of Public Welfare it was noted that:
Craig Taylor, MD “The Bradley Center has distinguished themselves within the residential community by committing to the Sanctuary Model.
Director of Finance Their accreditation demonstrates a sustained commitment to the youth of Pennsylvania through the sanctuary Model
Ted Dzura Core Principles of nonviolence, emotional intelligence, social learning, shared governance, open communication, social
Bradley has earned the quality distinction of accreditation by the Joint
Director of Fundraising Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. It is also
and Development licensed by the Pennsylvania Departments of Education and Welfare. responsibility and growth and change.”
The Bradley Center is an equal opportunity employer and provider.
Jerry Mote, CFRE To file a complaint of discrimination, write to USDA, Director, Office
Community Relations Coordinator of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC EQUAL HOUSING
20250-9410 (voice) or call (800) 795-3272 or (202) 720-6382 (TDD)
www.thebradleycenter.org Feburary 2011
Halloween Party Events Building Lives of Possibility through Grants
Highmark School Challenge
Halloween at The Bradley Center
The Bradley Center has been awarded a Highmark Healthy High 5 School Challenge grant of $8,709.00 to
Halloween and the halls were full of ghosts and goblins implement Building Lives of Possibility through Physical Education, a program that will provide students with
in search of candy – and what candy they did find! enhanced physical activity. With rates of childhood obesity on the rise, this grant will support The Bradley
The Imprints residents trick or treated throughout the Center’s efforts to help students adopt healthy behaviors that will stay with them for a lifetime.
campus, accepting generous donations of candy and Since 2007, the Highmark Foundation, through the Highmark Healthy High 5 School Challenge, has
goodies from various staff and departments. Mark awarded more that $5.5 million to over 750 grants to schools in 49 counties across Pennsylvania for programs
Bellemare and three students from Pittsburgh Technical that provide nutrition education, enhance nutrition choices and increase opportunities for physical activity.
Institute, all dressed in costume came to Bradley to share “Physical activity and nutrition play a critical role in reducing childhood obesity,” said Yvonne Cook,
their treats with the residents. A volunteer group from president of the Highmark Foundation. “With this grant, The Bradley Center will have additional resources
UPMC’s IT department was painting and landscaping, available to educate students – and their parents – on simple lifestyle changes that can be made to improve the
but took time out of their busy day to offer the health and wellbeing of our children.”
Imprints kids bags of treats and books. And also
available to all of the residents was candy collected from
TMS, an engineering firm from Warrendale that collected
candy at one of their group meetings. How thoughtful
Spread the Cheer All Year appeal
Volunteers from PTI and generous of all of these groups to keep the residents The Bradley Center’s annual appeal, called Spread the Cheer All Year is in full swing. What began as appeals to
of The Bradley Center in their thoughts this Halloween. our Board of Trustees and leadership teams then moved to staff, churches and donors by the end of 2010. Over
$12,000 has been raised to provide necessities for the Bradley children and youth.
Tickets For Kids Here’s to exercise, eating right,
learning job skills, teamwork and fun!
During the past 2 years, During the past 18 months some of our fundraising focus
Bradley has received over was to provide ways for our residents to consider their
Halloween at The Holiday Inn $20,000 worth of free tickets future. To encourage good health, play areas were built
for our children and adolescents by volunteers and a wellness program was established.
through the Tickets for Kids Foundation. This has To offer job skill building opportunities, our internship
Bradley residents and staff were welcomed to the Holiday Inn and horticulture programs were enhanced. We called
enabled Bradley youth to attend pro and college
Pittsburgh Airport to celebrate Halloween. Each table was adorned our appeal the Building Lives of Possibility project and
with amazing decorations and sugar cookies with bowls of icing sporting events, musical and cultural performances
our goal was $80,000. The final piece of this project was
and sprinkles so that the residents could make their own Halloween and numerous local attractions.
building a play area for our youngest children and that
cookies. Of course, first the residents had to enjoy their dinner, Tickets for Kids was founded in 1994 to enrich the occurred in October as volunteers and funding converged
chicken fingers along with macaroni and cheese, all delicious and lives of underprivileged children. TFK relies on ticket to make it possible. Thanks to the many individuals and
favorites of the children! Everyone had the opportunity to vote on a the following corporations and foundations for their
donations from corporations and organizations, and
pumpkin carving contest, with the different Holiday Inn departments extraordinary support of this project:
funds raised from foundations, corporations and
vying to win with their special carved out pumpkins. The contest Babcock Charitable Trust
individuals to purchase tickets. Since its inception, Beckwith Family Foundation
was won by the Hamburger Pumpkin (see the picture) entered by
Ms. Stacey O’Neill from the City Grill, second place went to the Tickets for Kids has reached over one million kids Buncher Foundation
Bradley Intern display and third place went to the Steelers pumpkin, and their families who otherwise would not have the Campbell (Estelle S.) Foundation
contributed by the front desk. A special thanks goes out to Mr. chance to attend quality events. Locally, they donate Eaton Corporation Charitable Fund
Mike Quirk, Bradley’s music therapist, for providing the music for tickets to over 2,400 non-profit social service agencies Glaxo Smith Kline
in the Pittsburgh, Erie and Cleveland region. McKesson Foundation
the evening including dance tunes, the Bison fight song and the
PNC Charitable Trust
Volunteer Song. A great time was had by all. Posner Foundation
We salute Tickets for Kids for their commitment
US Steel Foundation
to providing our children with life enriching
opportunities and magical memories Waters Charitable Trust
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A Fond Farewell, Dr. Baim!
Dr. Joseph Baim recently retired from The Bradley Center Board of Trustees. Dr. Baim had been a member of The Holiday Gift Drive
the Board for nine years and was Chairman since 2005. While Dr. Joe spent his working time as an independent
management consultant, he was always thinking about The Bradley Center. His messages to the Board often As quoted by Bradley CEO, Ms. Lisa Fox, ”Words cannot describe the feeling
included stories about how Bradley’s programs and services were helping the children. On behalf of the Board, that one’s heart feels when people reach out to help the children at The
staff and residents at The Bradley Center – Thanks Dr. Joe – and best wishes on your next adventure!! Bradley Center”. Gas prices are high, unemployment abounds and life in
general is a challenge. But when our donors were asked to provide for those
who have very little, they responded with generosity and caring. This year, nearly $45,000 in donations were
received to provide not only for a wonderful holiday but to sustain the boys and girls in clothing, gifts and
Our Intern moves on! entertainment for months into the new year.
Brittany Acklin, a recent intern with Bradley, shares her experience.
The following donors participated in the drive, collecting clothing, toys and gift cards to help the residents
“My experience at The Bradley Center has been one incredible journey. From the phone calls and letters have a wonderful holiday:
to donors, to the arts & crafts for Thanksgiving Day, I can say that Bradley has made me truly realize and Ms. Amber Kerry Glaxo Smith Kline Ruthfred Lutheran Church
#1 Cochran Heinz North America Sts. John and Paul Catholic Church
appreciate everything that I have in my life. It is amazing to see the difference that Bradley had made in the
AA University Women Holiday Inn Pittsburgh Airport Seneca Valley 8th Grade Condors
lives of so many at-risk children. It gave me a thrill knowing that, although I wasn’t a part first-handedly, I
Church of the Nativity Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Cathedral TMS
was ultimately making a difference too. Working with the Bradley staff not only taught me how to work in the
Curtis Long Term Care Mercer TRASA
fields of human development and community relations, but helped me to grow as an individual. I will forever Dominion Peoples Parkway West Rotary Club Zimmerman Chiropractic
remember my experience as an intern at Bradley. Wherever the next place in my journey may be, I will continue Eaton Corp Peace & Happiness Quilt Club Kraft family
building lives of possibility.” Fed Ex Express PTI Vogel/Piccinotti families
Fox Chapel Country Day School Rothman Gordon Law Firm Wiernick family
A great big thanks goes also to the Pittsburgh Airport Holiday Inn for providing two rooms to store the gifts as
well as a banquet hall to wrap all of the presents. Wrapping was completed with the assistance of volunteers
from H J Heinz North America and the US Air Do Crew.
Kids Corner - A Small Gift, a Big Impact
Pittsburgh Technical Institute (PTI) provides birthday gifts to all Bradley
residents. This is an email that was sent to Mr. Mark Bellemare at PTI, from SHHHH –it’s a secret!
Karen Zimmerman – Coordinator of Community Relations at The Bradley Center. Karen Zimmerman, Bradley’s Coordinator of Community Relations, thought that
the Bradley residents would enjoy shopping for their loved ones for the Holidays.
Mark, And she was so right!
I would like to share a story with you. I just ran into Zak’s therapist, Bob, in the hallway. Bob expressed some
concern because Zak had written a thank you note for his birthday gift on a plain white sheet of paper, and Bob On Wednesday, December 22, the first Santa’s Secret Workshop was held in the
wanted to know if it was OK to give this to you, instead of a card or colorful picture. I told him that as long as school. Each classroom visited the Workshop, and each student was able to choose
it is from Zak, it would mean the world to you guys. Well, Bob proceeded to tell me that this was a “from the 5 items from a wide selection including toys, candy dishes and perfume. A big
heart” note because Zak was just in utter amazement, almost confused, as to why someone who didn’t Thanks to The Parkway West Rotary which donated $500.00. Rotarians Sam Duerr, Tom Myl and Priscilla
know him would do something this nice for him. Bob further explained that Zak had a very rough day Salvatore volunteered along with David Marecic of Glaxo SmithKline and his wife Lori, to assist the students
on his birthday because NOBODY came to see him, and his gift from PTI, a remote control car, was all that he in their selections. Staff also helped the students with their choices. Teachers prepared younger students with a
received from the “outside”. (Bradley always recognizes the residents on their birthday with a cake and special list to guide them, and many of the older students made selections on their own.
treat). Zak’s behavior was so severe that some of his privileges were taken away. The ray of sunshine in his day
was thanks to you and your caring staff. As stated by Ms. Charissa: “ Steffi in particular stands out in my mind. She doesn’t have a lot of family, so she
was “buying” for staff members on her unit and she said to me with a beaming bright smile, “Isn’t this the
Sometimes it seems like I am giving you a list of names and wishes, but today I, too, have realized that this is perfect gift for (Mr.) Stout? He’s just going to love it, don’t you think?” And then you were able to wrap it in a
really making a difference to the connections that we are striving to make with these unfortunate children. Steelers bag, which made her even more excited. “Look, it’s Steelers. He loves the Steelers. He’s going to be so
Karen happy!!!” Surely, this was a special moment in these students’ lives. . ..”
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Volunteering Events Fall Events
On September 16, a group
Was that microburst I just saw?
Thanks to the 400 volunteers who brightened
from Highmark, coordinated Wednesday, September 22 at Southpointe Golf Club began as a
by Ms. Carrie Beck descended
up The Bradley Center during 2010.
beautiful fall day and ended with greens that were under water.
upon Bradley and proceeded Companies: Pittsburgh Zoo
Nevertheless, the 3rd Annual Bradley Classic hosted 65 golfers
to spread nearly 70 cubic Accenture Riverset Credit Union
who helped to raise over $17,000 for Bradley. In addition to golf, www.dpspenn.com
yards (yes, that’s right!) of playground mulch under Best Buy Robert Morris University
Duquesne Light Target there was a lively silent auction and raffle.
the swing set and in the new Imprints playground
area. The rain cut the day short, but hard-working Eaton Corporation University of Pittsburgh
Glaxo Smith Kline UPMC Mr. Guy Junker, Golf Chair and MC, welcomed everyone. He presented prizes to the winning teams, told
and perseverant are great adjectives to describe our storoies to illustrate the good works of the Bradley staff and provided a few laughs. Thanks Guy!
Holiday Inn Pittsburgh US Air “Do Crew”
Airport Presenting Sponsor DPS Penn was generous in providing golf shirts and golf balls for each golfer. Other
The next day, Medrad employees joined us and H.J. Heinz, North Individuals: major sponsors were Fenner Corporation, Medrad, Cohen & Grigsby, Goff Backa Alfera, Palermo/Kissinger
painted the second floor hallways and spent the America Ms. Brittany Acklin and Assoc. and Curtis Long Term Care. Thanks sponsors!
afternoon spreading more mulch. The Medrad team, In Point Ms. Nancy Jaquette
including Board member Mr. Cliff Kress, has been JetBlue Mr. Cliff Kress The Bradley residents got involved through an art contest where the winners had their artwork used for
providing their services to Bradley for many years. Lanxess Ms. Vera Meralli welcome cards (distributed by Jessie, Marcus, Tyler), tee signs and sponsorship posters. Also, Alissa, Tyler
We are glad that they support the good works of the Medrad Ms. Tammy Shuman &
and Austin joined in the fun by presenting awards to the winners and sponsors. Thanks kids!
The Bradley Center. Merck family
Morneau Sobecco Ms. Lisa Veltri Wise
The Butterfly Soared Ste. Michelle Wine
Late last year a volunteer group from Merck, Inc., led by Ms. Erin Estate Dinner
Sebal, adopted our Butterfly Suite for renovation. They painted walls
and redecorated the four rooms with a new bed, sofa, chairs and accent On Wednesday, November
decorations to help brighten the lives of family and friends as they spend 17, 2010, Bradley hosted a
time with their loved ones here on campus. Be sure to stop by, if only to Wine Dinner, sponsored by
see the gorgeous mural on the wall!!! the Holiday Inn Pittsburgh
Airport and The Tuscan Inn,
The Merck Team
Why Volunteer? To Help Bradley and Yourself! featuring Ste. Michelle wines. The décor of the room
Comments from Mr. Doug Sturgis, Customer Team Manager at Merck, Inc. was spectacular; the decorations on every table and
Upcoming Events the sparkle of each wine bottle’s presence made the
At Merck, we are fortunate to work for a company that helps to improve the lives
and health of many people. Volunteering at The Bradley Center allowed us to
support a terrific organization whose entire mission is focused on improving the Each of the 63 guests was made to feel welcome as
lives of children. While we committed two days of our time working to restore they were greeted with a glass of wine and appetizers
The Butterfly Suite, we take from Bradley much more than we are able to give. The people at Bradley go the extra Wine Dinner April 28
as they arrived. Lively conversation abound as many
mile to provide the care, love, education and guidance the children need and deserve. The Bradley Center is (more information to follow) old and new friends of Bradley mingled. The five-
considered home for many of these children. Everyone on our team knows how blessed we are to live in a home course meal was exquisite in visual and palate appeal.
we can call our own. And those with children know how important it is for their children to have a home that is Highmark Walk for a Bradley CEO Lisa Fox told everyone how their
safe, that is loving, and that is their own. We worked extra hard to help the Bradley Center in their effort to create Healthy Community May 21 attendance was helping to provide necessities for the
good conditions for anyone staying at their location. There really is “no place like home”. (go to www.walkforahealthycommunity.org) children at Bradley.
Our team is made up of 11 people. The two days we spent at the Bradley Center provided us with some manual
labor, many laughs and the opportunity to place our own “perceived problems” on the sideline. Over the two With the food and wine donated, proceeds of $6300
days, we had no titles, no ego’s, no emails and no stress. We focused on doing the best job we could for The went directly to The Bradley Center. Stay tuned for
Bradley Center those two days and our team is stronger and better as a result. the next Wine Dinner in Spring, 2011.
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