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					                                                                                 Allegheny Valley School

Vol. 24 No. 2
                                Providing community residential environments and therapeutic programs throughout
Fall/Winter 2010                Pennsylvania for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
                                           ALLEGHENY VALLEY SCHOOL NEWS
                 Black & Golden Anniversary Celebration a Shining Success
    On Wednesday, October 6, 450                                                               new 50th anniversary video provided an
people gathered to help Allegheny                                                              overview of AVS, its clients and staff, and
Valley School (AVS) celebrate its 50                                                           the services provided to the community.
Years of Caring for children and                                                                   The Premium Raffle winning ticket was
adults with intellectual and                                                                   drawn and announced by Greta and Art
developmental disabilities. Greta                                                              Rooney—Tom Michael was the lucky
and Art Rooney, II were the honorary                                                           winner of two tickets to Super Bowl XLV
chairpersons of the Black & Golden                                                             and $1,000 cash (courtesy of the Pittsburgh
Anniversary Celebration.                                                                                   Steelers and Allegheny Valley
    Held at the Carnegie                                                                                   School).
Museums of Pittsburgh in                                                                                       All the guests received a
Oakland, the evening                                                                                       limited edition Terrible Towel®
featured an outstanding                                                                                    (donated by the Pittsburgh
performance by Mandy                                                                                       Steelers) and black and gold
Patinkin in his critically                                                                                 Smiley Cookies (donated by
acclaimed show Mandy                                                                                       Eat’n Park Hospitality Group).
Patinkin DRESS CASUAL,                                                                                     “Greta and I are delighted that
with Paul Ford on Piano.                                                                                   we were able to serve as the
During        his   engaging                                                                               Honorary Chairpersons for the
performance in the Music                                                                                   Black & Golden event,” states
Hall, Mandy Patinkin                                                                                       Art Rooney, II. ”The Pittsburgh
amazed the audience with                                                                                   Steelers are proud to have been
his talent as he sang show                                                                                 a part of Allegheny Valley
tunes, told stories and                    Mandy Patinkin greets John, Parie and JD Duggan.                School’s past, and we look
performed some new pieces.                                            forward to continuing our partnership through The Terrible Towel®
    The evening began with a cocktail reception in the grand Music long into the future.”
Hall Foyer. Catering was provided by Parkhurst, flowers by               The Black & Golden Anniversary Celebration grossed more than
Hepatica, music by studio-e entertainment company, and linens by $315,000 for the Capital Development Fund; net proceeds will be
Table Talk.                                                           used to support costs that are not reimbursable by Medicaid
    The evening’s events continued in the Music Hall with Allegheny including equipment, program expansion, renovations and
Valley School’s President and CEO Regis G. Champ welcoming the property.
crowd and paying tribute to the AVS employees who have all been
critical to the success of the organization over the past 50 years. A See pages 6 and 7 for more about the Celebration.

AVS Celebrates 50 Years
    On September 16, AVS locations state-wide celebrated 50 Years of Caring. Each resident and staff member received a celebratory t-shirt
to wear on this special day. Celebrations throughout the state inclued:
    Champ “Visits” All AVS Locations
    President and CEO Regis Champ was not able to be at all 125+ AVS locations on September 16, but was able to be with residents and
employees state-wide through a video presentation.
    Our golden anniversary celebration day fell within Pennsylvania’s Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week. So not only were
we able to celebrate our anniversary, but also we formally honored our direct support professionals throughout the week.
    Filming for the video took place at the Patricia Hillman Miller Campus (PHMC), Pittsburgh Campus, Oakhaven and the Edward J. Zapp
Program Center. Photos of residents and employees from locations around the AVS network were interspersed throughout. Residents and
staff members who have been with AVS the longest were highlighted.
See “Celebrations” continued on page 10.

                               Allegheny Valley School • Decades of Growth
                                                                1960 - 1969
                      Allegheny Valley School was founded, organized and incorporated by Patricia Hillman Miller with
                   help from Bob Prince and Doug Hannah. The original facility, located in a turn-of-the-century
                   mansion on West Prospect Avenue in the Crafton/Ingram area of Pittsburgh, opened to provide care
                   for ten clients. Throughout the 1960s, the building was expanded to accommodate the increased
                   need for services.
Patricia Hillman                                                                                                         AVS’ original facility
      Miller                                                1970 - 1979
   In 1973, AVS opened a 55-acre campus in Robinson Township. During the mid-1970s, as the national trend shifted the care for people
with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) from institutions to community living, AVS was among the first agencies in
Pennsylvania to establish group homes. The first on-campus group home was opened in 1977. In 1978, the original campus on West
Prospect Avenue was temporarily closed while plans were made and funds were raised for renovations.

                                                                 1980 - 1989
   The 1980s were a decade of tremendous growth for AVS. To accommodate individuals moving into the community from larger
facilities, AVS opened three on-campus homes and 28 community group homes in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler and Mercer counties. The
homes were opened to accommodate people from the Pennhurst State Center dispersal in 1984, and the closing of the Highland Park
Center in 1985.
   In 1983, the original facility on West Prospect Avenue was reopened and named the Patricia Hillman Miller Campus. That same year,
AVS participated with Myron Cope in founding the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, an event that continues to benefit Allegheny Valley
School and the Autism Society of Pittsburgh.
   As the decade neared its end, AVS opened two day program facilities in western PA. AVS also began its state-wide expansion in 1989,
taking over the operation of a facility in Philadelphia, establishing its Philadelphia Campus.

                                                                 1990 - 1999
                                                                Expansion continued as AVS not only was asked to take over additional
                                                            programs but also moved more individuals into community living arrangements.
                                                            In 1994, AVS took over the operation of a residential facility in Butler County
                                                            and another facility in Hummelstown, Dauphin County, the latter which
                                                            extended services into central Pennsylvania. AVS expanded its program options
                                                            to include supported living and family living/life sharing in 1997.
                                                                Throughout the decade, AVS opened 44 community group homes across PA
                                                            including 10 in Philadelphia County, 10 in Lebanon and Dauphin Counties,
                     Hummelstown Campus
                                                            and 24 in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler and Mercer Counties.

                                                               2000 – 2009
   During the most recent decade, AVS continued moving individuals into the
community. Thirty-nine (39) group homes were opened throughout the state to
accommodate individuals impacted by facility closings including Western Center,
Aspin Center and Greenwich Services. To better accommodate the increased number
of clients, new program centers were opened in 2001 and 2005. Family living/life
sharing programs also grew.
   To ensure that our services and quality would continue for decades to come, in
2008, the AVS Board of Directors announced that Allegheny Valley School would be
                           acquired by NHS Human Services (
                           The future of AVS and its longstanding commitment to the
                           community was secured through its acquisition by NHS, the largest non-profit provider of services to
                           individuals with I/DD in the country. By combining resources and talent, NHS and AVS can assure the highest
                           quality of care as well as a stronger voice on behalf of the many individuals we serve.

                                                      Allegheny Valley School in 2010
    From one location in 1960 to 128 programs and facilities in 9 counties today, AVS has come a long way since 1960. We could not have
done this without our dedicated staff members who provide exceptional services to the individuals in our care. We also are grateful to the
communities that welcome us and are our neighbors. And there are countless contributors who have generously supported us as we strive to
live our mission and provide a place for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to live, learn, work and play.

                                                           Thank you!                                                           2
Commemorative Bricks
  Celebrate 50 Years of Caring with a commemorative brick at         AVS Commemorative Bricks
PHMC. Bricks will display your special message or name(s)/           Help AVS celebrate 50 Years of Caring with an honorary brick
business. Please complete the order form and return it to AVS’       that will be placed at our original location, the Patricia Hillman
Corporate Center by March 31, 2011. Bricks will be placed at         Miller Campus (PHMC). Choose your size, and create a message
PHMC in spring/summer 2011.                                          or list your name(s)/business.
  Thank you to the following commemorative brick donors.
                                                                     Name: _______________________________________________
                Joan and Robert Andersen
            Diana and Bob Angelo & Family                            Phone: _______________________________________________
                Angela and Thomas Bishop
                   Roland Champ Family                               Address: ______________________________________________
                        Leslie Clifford
                       Mary DeMarco                                  ______________________________________________________
                 Flora and John Dihtzeruk
                     Deborah Douglass                                City: _________________________ State: ____ Zip: __________
                   Linda Fabian & Family
                     Clyde E. Flickinger                             Email: ________________________________________________
                        Norine Fusca
            Kelly and Justin Gremba & Family                         Message requirements: The maximum number of characters per
                       Ruth Hammond                                  line is 21 (18 characters is recommended). Please note that a
                  Jan and Dennis Harvilla                            space is considered a character.
                      MaryAnn Harvilla
         HMAs and DCS of PHMC and Program Staff                      ____ 4” x 8” ($50.00) 4 lines maximum (3 lines recommended)
               Karen B. and William Hunter
                         Cara C. King                                ______________________________________________________
             Evy and Robert Klingenberg, Sr.
                       Martha L. Long                                ______________________________________________________
               Veronica and Harry Morgan
                      Mary Jean Passant                              ______________________________________________________
                   Larry Pesce and Family
                        PHMC Nurses                                  ______________________________________________________
                   Amy and Chris Rocini
                     Jan and Alan Sachs
                      Daniel A. Torisky                              _____ 8” x 8” ($100.00) 8 lines maximum (7 lines recommended)
                        Valerie Turner
                        Eric B. Watters                              ______________________________________________________

                Orders as of October 31, 2010.                       ______________________________________________________

Golden Anniversary Stars                                             ______________________________________________________
   Thank you to the following AVS employees who, during
2010, have celebrated our 50th Anniversary with a $50 or more        ______________________________________________________
contribution to the Capital Development Fund:
Diana Angelo                     HMA and DCS of PHMC and             ______________________________________________________
Cindy Champ                         Program Staff
Regis Champ                      Gary Hoffman                        ______________________________________________________
Roland Champ                     Karen Hunter
Theresa Cox                      Cara C. King                        ______________________________________________________
Carol Erzen                      Jay LaRocka
Linda Fabian                     Barbara Malarik                     ______________________________________________________
Clyde E. Flickinger              Jim Pastin
Dorothy Hunter Gordon            PHMC Nurses                            Please print all the above information clearly. Make checks
Kelly Gremba                     Richard Rizzutto                    payable to Allegheny Valley School Capital Development Fund
Monica D. Hall                   Amy Rocini                          and send to: Allegheny Valley School, Attn: Development
Dennis Harvilla                  Gary Rudzik                         Department, 1996 Ewings Mill Road, Coraopolis, PA 15108. To
Jan Harvilla                     Irma Sokol                          pay by credit card, call (412) 299-7777.
                                 Jennifer Szopo                         Messages are subject to approval by Allegheny Valley
Gifts received from January 1 – October 31, 2010.
                                           WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA NEWS
   Ewings Mill II: Teresa recently donated
15 inches of her hair to Locks of Love.
                                                 Pittsburgh Campus Activities
Teresa’s family wanted to make sure that             Pet Therapy: The Pittsburgh Campus is fortunate to
her hair went to a good cause. Locks of          have on-going visits from some four-legged friends.
Love is a non-profit organization that           Therapy dogs Reily and Logan are trained by
provides hair pieces to financially              Pittsburgh Campus nurse Carrie Zaccaria. Carrie
disadvantaged children who are suffering         regularly brings the gentle dogs to visit and interact
from long-term medical hair loss from any        with the clients where they are welcomed
diagnosis. Thank you Teresa!                     enthusiastically by the residents and staff members.
   Grubbs: The gentlemen hosted a picnic             Greenhouse Activities: During the fall months,
on September 18. More than 30 family             Greenhouse Coordinator Debbie Dolan offered a Fall
members and friends came together to             Fun Days program in the LHAS Sensory Garden.
share stories and laughs, and to get to know     Activities included pumpkin carving and painting, fall
their newest resident, Tim. The picnic was a     crafts and decorating the garden. Residents had a
great way to thank staff, families and friends   variety of sensory experiences while working with the
for their support all year long.                 inside of a pumpkin, dried leaves, straw and fall corn. Mark participates in fall activities
                                                                                                          in the LHAS Sensory Garden.
   Ken, Harry and Tim attended the Black
& Golden Anniversary Celebration on                                                                Pittsburgh Symphony: More than 100
October 6. They were very excited to get                                                       residents and staff enjoyed a Pittsburgh
their picture taken with the Super Bowl                                                        Symphony Orchestra (PSO) concert at the
Trophy, enjoy the performance by Mandy                                                         Pittsburgh Campus on October 14. Thank
Patinkin and socialize with staff and                                                          you to the musicians who attended and
supporters of AVS.                                                                             provided beautiful music for the residents.
                                                                                                   A quartet from the PSO also came to
                                                                                               Pittsburgh Campus in July to perform a
                                                                                               special outdoor concert. The performance
                                                                                               took place in the LHAS Sensory Garden
                                                  Greg and Patti enjoyed the performance by which provided a beautiful setting to enjoy
                                                              the PSO Quartet.                 the music.
                                                    Special Olympics: On October 3, nine athletes participated in a Special Olympics
                                                 Soccer and Bocce Tournament. Pittsburgh Campus athletes were joined by 42 teams from
                                                 Allegheny County for this fun-filled day. Congratulations to all athletes that participated!

 Residents and staff from Grubbs with the
                                                    PHMC Activities
          Super Bowl XLIII Trophy.                   Harvest Festival: On September 30, PHMC held its first Harvest Festival. The program
                                                 staff planned many hands-on activities including a pumpkin patch where residents could
   Harmony: The gentlemen had a busy             pick and decorate their own pumpkins, fall crafts and pumpkin bowling. The sensory
summer. They took an overnight trip to Erie      room had buckets of shelled corn that residents could feel their way through to discover
where they visited the Erie Zoo, Maritime        not only the unique texture of the corn but also some whimsical prizes. Accompanying
Museum, took a lunch boat cruise and             the fun was a staff luncheon fundraiser.
walked along the beach. Over the summer
they also went to Kennywood Park, Living             Cookbook: A cookbook featuring 75 pages of recipes has been created by staff
Treasures Animal Park, Moraine State Park,       members at PHMC. To order your cookbook, please contact Mary Curtz at
McConnells Mills, fishing at West Sunbury or 412-921-7755. Cookbooks are only $5 each!
pond and enjoyed many rounds of mini-golf.           Summer Outings: The residents at PHMC enjoyed many off-campus trips over the
                                                 summer. Outings included trips to Kennywood Park, the Wings Over Pittsburgh air show,
 AVS Seeks Ticket                                fishing at Leopold Lake, Camp Variety and evening walks on the North Shore.
    Allegheny Valley School is seeking
 ticket donations to sporting and arts &
                                                  Remembering Jim Stringer
 cultural events, animal shows, family               On September 4, long-time AVS employee Jim Stringer passed away. Jim worked in
 entertainment and more! Your ticket              the Program Department at PHMC initially as a Recreation Therapist and for many years
 donation will be used by AVS’ clients            as a Program Instructor. Many of the staff have commented on how well he was able
 and their accompanying staff. Please             to address the needs of the residents. Jim’s upbeat personality, love of music and
 send your ticket donations to Amy Rocini         devotion to his family and the residents at PHMC will truly be missed. A memorial
 at Allegheny Valley School’s Corporate           brick will be placed at PHMC in Jim’s honor.
 Center.                                                           4
                                        CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA NEWS
   Cedar Crest: In September, resident Pamela and staff members          favorites was “Casino Day” which included games, food, and an
took an overnight trip to Gettysburg. They went to a ghost stories       Elvis impersonator.
dinner theatre, the Civil War Museum and the Boyd’s Bear                    Poplar: In August, the ladies took a trip to Lake Tobias. They
Factory where Pamela was able to build her own bear.                     enjoyed touring the park and seeing the animals including
   Church: Ronald spent the 4th of July week at Eagle’s Springs          buffalo and a baby kangaroo. Thank you to the staff of Lake
Campground. He had a wonderful time visiting with his friends            Tobias for their wonderful hospitality.
from last year, making crafts, swimming, sitting around the                 South Hills: The residents had a busy summer. In June,
campfire and seeing nightly entertainment. Ron is already                Wayne, Steven, Cindy and others attended the Brooks and Dunn
looking forward to next year’s camping season.                           concert at the Giant Center. In July, the residents and staff went
   The gentlemen enjoyed several outings to the Traditions of            to Camp Sertoma and enjoyed swimming, a cook-out and
Hershey, an active retirement community that hosts various               dancing.
themed events throughout the year. One of the residents’

                                        EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA NEWS
    Byberry: This past summer, the residents enjoyed their annual Spirit of Friendship boat cruise. The guys had a great time sailing
 down the Delaware River, singing and dancing along to music provided by a DJ. During the summer months, the gentlemen enjoyed
 many barbeques and eating-out at their favorite restaurants. They also attended monthly dances at the Carousel House, bowling at
 Dave & Buster’s and a movie night. They took a summer trip to Atlantic City and stayed at the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino. They
 enjoyed walking on the boardwalk, dining-out and listening to the sounds of the games in the casino.

 Philadelphia Campus Activities
                                        Visit to the Mann Center: On August 10, individuals attended a performance through The Mann
       Sam’s Graduation Party:       Center for the Performing Arts at Fairmount Park. They saw the 12th Annual Young People’s Concert
    Residents and staff hosted a     Series presentation of Dance Voyage which included The Coyle School of Irish Dance, Danza
    graduation party on July 9       Mexican Dance Company, and Universal African Dance & Drum Ensemble. The group embarked
    for Sam. The night was           on a multicultural journey through the beautiful traditions of Ireland, Mexico and West Africa. It
    celebrated with a pizza          was an excellent day of celebrating exciting and diverse cultures with dancing and music.
    party and dancing, and a            Camden Adventure Aquarium: On August 27, individuals visited the Camden Adventure
    beautifully      decorated       Aquarium where they had the
    graduation cake.                 opportunity to see and touch creatures
                                     from under the sea. Chris, Elizabeth
                                     and others enjoyed their experience in
                                     the touch tank with stingrays and
                                     starfish. The Aquarium’s new touch
                                     tanks allowed individuals to dip into
                                     the water and gain firsthand experience
                                     with the smell, touch and sounds of the
                                     ocean. The individuals also enjoyed
                                     their trip through the Shark Tunnel that
                                     allowed prime viewing at a comfortable
                                     distance. The group finished the day
     Congratulations to Sam on       with a delicious lunch inside The
          his graduation.            Feeding Frenzy Café.
                                                                                          Chris touches a starfish at the Aquarium.

 Memorial and Honorary Giving                                            Matching Gifts Program
     The Memorial and Honorary Giving Program offers you a                  You may be able to double or even triple your donation to
 meaningful way to extend condolences or congratulations to              Allegheny Valley School through a Matching Gifts Program.
 friends and family members and also help Allegheny Valley               Many corporations offer such programs to their employees
 School.                                                                 and retirees. Check with your employer to find out if it offers
     If you would like to receive one of AVS’ Memorial and               a Matching Gifts Program that will enable you to greatly
 Honorary Giving Program packets, please contact the                     increase your support of AVS.
 Development Department at (412) 299-7777.

                                                                           GOLDEN PRESENTING SPONSOR
                                                Elsie and Henry

Cindy and Regis
Champ                                                               We are grateful to everyone who supported t
                                                              Greta and
                                                          Art Rooney, II                                                     HONORARY C
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     Liz Greco-Rocks and                                                                                                                   Nadine E
     Senator M. Joseph Rocks                                                                                                         Buncher Fami
                                                                                                                                        Peggy and Ji
Kris Hughes and                                                                                                                  Friends of Alleghe
                                                                       Jeanne and Mark Baseman, Linda Indovina, Carol
Barb and Tom McGrail                                                                                                                Pittsburgh Steel
                                                                       Caroselli, Linda Miller and Jan Meade
                                                                                                                                   BRONZE S
                                                                 Cindy and Regis Champ                   Guardian Protection Services, Inc.
                                                           Combined Parents Association, Inc. of         HAR-KEL, INC. Medical Specialties
                                                               Southeastern Pennsylvania                 Audrey Hillman Fisher Foundation
                                                             Patricia and John K. Duggan, Jr.            J&P Service Management Co., Inc.

                  Dorothy and Ben Pollon and                                                                                         IRON SPO
                  Bonnie Walker                                    A & G Pharmacy Service, Inc.                 The Graham Company
                                                                           GMI Electric                         Tricia and Bill Kassling
                                                                   Dorothy and Michael Gordon                   Lincoln Benefits Group
                                                                     Nanette and Ira Gordon                   Linton’s Managed Services
                                                                      Ina and Larry Gumberg              Mastech Construction & Interiors, Inc.
                                                                                                               McArthur Towel & Sports
                                                                                                                                EVENT DON
                                                         Baierl Automotive                                     JoAnn L. Edwards
                                                       Amy and Terry Bilkey                    Thomas Flannery, Resources for Management, Inc.
                                                          BLACKBURN’S                                     The Giant Eagle Foundation
                                                        Pam and Bill Bodak                            Audrey Hillman Fisher Foundation
                                                   Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney                         Dorothea and Converse Hunter
                                                Richard Burkland and Kitty Hillman               Gina Kallick/Continental Laundry Systems Inc.
                                                            Paul Coury                                        Laura Penrod Kronk
                                                      Debra and Frank Drew                                  Debra and Kurt Limbach

   Donna and
                                                                                                                          PRECIOUS META
                                                                                 Patti and Robert Americus          Elsie and Henry Hillman
   Terrence McNelis                                                             Courtney and Tim Borntraeger           Laura Penrod Kronk
                                                                                   Babe and Joe Gordon               Linda and Stuart Miller
                                                                                      Mandy Patinkin and
                                                                                   Peggy and Jim Douglass

Diane and
                                                                                                                           Courtney and
Tony Barna                      Brooke and Clint Guyaux                                                                                        Robi                                                       6                                                Tim Borntraeger
                                                                                      Parie Duggan and
                                                                                      Elsie Hillman
                                   Patricia Miller Duggan, Event Chairperson
                                                   Diane Barna
                                                   Jim Douglass
                                               Laura Penrod Kronk
                                                    Linda Miller
                                                 Dorothy Pollon
                                                    Rita Randall
                                                  Bonnie Walker
the Black & Golden Anniversary Celebration!

 HAIRPERSONS                                                                                                           Mandy Patinkin and
Art Rooney, II                                                                                                          Nadine Bognar

man Foundation
                                                                         Derrick Yacovelli
 ONSORS                                                                  and Kevin McClure
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 ly Foundation
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eny Valley School
                             Residents from                                                               Elise and
lers Sports, Inc.
                             Ewings Mill II                                                               Nat Hunter
                                                                                                                                Mandy Patinkin
                    Larrimor’s                           Rosebud Mining Company
                   Toni J. Pacé                         Eileen and Bernard Schneider
                                                                                                                                      Mary Jo
        Dorothy and Neal Pollon & Family             STAT Staffing Medical Services, Inc.
         The Charity Randall Foundation                UPMC and UPMC Health Plan

         Barb and Tom McGrail                             Ritchie Scaife
  Mongiovi & Son Plumbing, Excavating &              Dan Taylor Interiors, Inc.
              Fire Protection                       TUDI Mechanical Systems
     Senator M. Joseph Rocks, Kevin                   UPMC Cancer Centers
  McClure, Terrence McNelis, Leah Pason

 ORS ($250+)
                     Francis S. McGuire                                Cris and Alex Scott
                    Karen and Jack Meck                              Gwen and Jeff Steigerwalt
             Millennium Pharmacy Systems, Inc.                        Straka & Gustine, LLP
                     Charlotte B. Morris                                The Strunk Family
            NHS Foundation and Annual Sponsors                         Jack Wilberger MD         Jillian Zacks
              Oxford Development Company                                  Debi Wheeler           and Tom Michael
                     RAK Medical, Inc.                                   Charles Zvirman
                 Susanne and William Rielly
            Fred Morelli                      Bonnie Walker                                                             Leah Pason, Richard Scott
            Lea Simonds                       Debi Wheeler                                                                       and Jane Rivera
       Rose and Bill Strickland                Sally Wiggin
                                                                                                                              PHMC Staff
                                        Debi Wheeler
                                                                  Meg Eberly and Michelle and
                                                                               Dan DelBianco

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                                     ALLEGHENY VALLEY SCHOOL NEWS
AVS Golf Open
                                                 The 2010 Friends of AVS Golf Open presented by AVS Foundation was held on
                                              Monday, August 16. On a beautiful day, 88 golfers teed off at Churchill Valley Country
                                              Club for the 19th annual event.
                                                 Throughout the day participants enjoyed a golf scramble and challenges on the
                                              course. A new competition, “Beat the Champ,” gave participants a chance to beat the
                                              tee shot of AVS’ President & CEO Regis G. Champ. Approximately 20 golfers beat Mr.
                                              Champ’s shot which entitled them to a chance to win a cash prize and two tickets to the
                                              Black & Golden Anniversary Celebration. Congratulations to final winners George
                                              Pihiou and Casey Milligan!
                                                 The event grossed more than $110,000! Net proceeds have been contributed to the
                                              Capital Development Fund to support expenses that are not reimbursable by Medicaid
                                              including new program development, facility improvements, property and equipment.
                                                 Thank you to all our sponsors, underwriters, donors, golfers, volunteers and other
 Congratulations to the winning foursome,     participants who helped to make the day a huge success.
        Dan Taylor Interiors, Inc.               A full list of sponsors, underwriters and donors is below.

Presenting Sponsor                          Mongiovi & Son Plumbing, Excavating &        Leah Pason & Richard Scott, NHS
                                               Fire Protection                              Administration & Communications
                                            Pacifico Marple Ford Lincoln Mercury         STAT Staffing Medical Services, Inc.
                                               Suzuki                                    Deanna Telese, Corporate Controller,
                                                                                            NHS Human Services
                                            Underwriters                                 US Medical Staffing, Inc.
                                            A & G Pharmacy Service, Inc.                 Union Orthotics & Prosthetics Co.
Gold Sponsors                               Anna & Ed Dunlap, Culinary Concepts of       Vision Benefits of America
Guardian Protection Services, Inc.              Pittsburgh                               Walgreens Infusion & Respiratory Services
Eileen and Bernard Schneider                The Family of Tracy Kmetz
Dan Taylor Interiors, Inc.                  NHS Foundation and Annual Sponsors           Donors
                                            Toni J. Pacé / J&P Service Management        A & G Pharmacy Service, Inc.
Silver Sponsors                                 Co., Inc.                                Al’s Service
The Graham Company                          Patterson & Associates Certified Public      Patricia and John K. Duggan, Jr.
HAR-KEL, INC. Medical Specialties               Accountants                              Paul Euwer, Jr.
J&P Service Management Co., Inc.            STAT Staffing Medical Services, Inc.         PNC Bank Kennedy
PJP                                         Pittsburgh Steelers Sports, Inc.             Healthcare Licensed Personnel, LLC
TUDI Mechanical Systems                     Willits Pharmacy Services, Inc.              Mandi Foods Inc.
                                                                                         Francis S. McGuire
Bronze Sponsors                             Tee Signs                                    Thomas J. McKnight
Blackburns Physicians Pharmacy, Inc.        A & G Pharmacy Service, Inc.                 Millennium Pharmacy Systems, Inc.
Doyle Alliance Group, Inc.                  JoAnn Edwards & the NHS HR Team              Toni J. Pacé
GMI Electric                                JADCO Construction, Inc.                     George Pihiou
HealthAmerica                               Hinkel-Hofmann Floor Coverings               Bernard F. Roche
Higher Information Group                    Francis S. McGuire                           Vincent Siciliano
Linton’s Managed Services                   Ohio Valley Lumber Company                   Tri-State Mobile X-Ray
Mastech Construction & Interiors, Inc.      Omnicare Medical Supply of PA                US Medical Staffing, Inc
                                                                                         US Foodservice

                                            Medal of Honor Donors
     Listed below are sponsors, underwriters and monetary donors to both our Black & Golden Anniversary Celebration and the
     Friends of AVS Golf Open. Thank you to these Medal of Honor contributors for their generous support of both 2010 events!
     A & G Pharmacy Service, Inc.               J&P Service Management Co., Inc.            NHS Foundation and Annual Sponsors
            AVS Foundation                           Linton’s Managed Services                            Toni J. Pacé
    Patricia and John K. Duggan, Jr.           Mastech Construction & Interiors, Inc.           Pittsburgh Steelers Sports, Inc.
              GMI Electric                               Francis S. McGuire                     Eileen and Bernard Schneider
         The Graham Company                     Millennium Pharmacy Systems, Inc.             STAT Staffing Medical Services, Inc.
   Guardian Protection Services, Inc.         Mongiovi & Son Plumbing, Excavating &                Dan Taylor Interiors, Inc.
   HAR-KEL, INC. Medical Specialties                       Fire Protection                        TUDI Mechanical Systems                                                      8
                                      ALLEGHENY VALLEY SCHOOL NEWS
Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix
                                                                The 28th Annual Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix (PVGP) was a huge success.
                                                            Race weekend took place July 24-25 at Schenley Park where thousands of
                                                            spectators cruised the car shows, enjoyed the festivities and watched the
                                                            vintage car races.
                                                                For the fifth year, Brandon Fisher of AVS and Anita Iyengar of the Autism
                                                            Society of Pittsburgh (ASP) were the PVGP event ambassadors. They were
                                                            busy making appearances throughout the week. They attended and rode in
                                                            cars at the BeaveRun Historic races on July 18, and also participated in the
                                                            Opening Ceremony Parade on July 25.
                                                                Thank you once again to SHOP’n SAVE, the PVGP’s presenting sponsor, for
                                                            its continued commitment to this grand event. SHOP’n SAVE’s generous
                                                            support, along with the support of many other sponsors, enables the PVGP to
                                                            continue providing 10 days of activities that are open to the public.
                                                                Thank you also to the many volunteers who generously gave their time to
                                                            support the event. We are most appreciative of the parents, friends and family
                                                            members of AVS and the ASP who volunteer to sell merchandise during race
                                                            weekend. So many contribute to the success of this important event and we are
                                                            grateful to each and every sponsor, driver, volunteer, donor and participant.
                                                                On October 27, a check presentation was held at the Wyndham Hotel
                                                            Pittsburgh University Place to deliver the proceeds from the 2010 event to
                                                            AVS and ASP. This year, $150,000 was shared between the two charities,
                                                            bringing the 28-year combined total contributed to $2.7 million.
  PVGP Ambassadors Anita and Brandon at the check               For more information about the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, please visit

Other Ways to Help AVS                                                     Attention Giant Eagle Shoppers!
                                                                                             Allegheny Valley School participates in the Giant
Campbell’s Labels for Education Program                                                     Eagle Apples for the Students program and we need
   Help AVS acquire classroom equipment and accessories by                                  your help. Each purchase at Giant Eagle, Giant Eagle
saving and sending in your Campbell’s labels. The equipment                                 Market District, Giant Eagle Express and Get Go
received through the program helps to enhance the programming                              counts when the supporter scans an Advantage Card at
we provide to the individuals at AVS. Simply save your Campbell’s                      checkout (through March 14, 2011).
proofs of purchase with the Labels for Education logo and send                 Please register using AVS’ school ID # 0017. Each time your
them to Kelly Gremba at the Corporate Center.                              card is scanned, your purchases will count toward free equipment
Recycling cell phones and ink cartridges                                   for AVS!
                                                                               How to Register:
    Please send your used printer, fax and copier cartridges as well           Have your Giant Eagle Advantage Card® ready and call or
as old cell phones to Kelly Gremba at the Corporate Center. AVS            register online. Please indicate our school ID # 0017.
earns money for the Capital Development Fund simply by recycling               Call 1-800-474-4777.
these used cartridges and cell phones that were destined for the               Or visit to register online. When visiting
trash. (Please note that we cannot accept Epson cartridges or              the website:
cartridges that have already been recycled.) Since 2003, AVS has               1. Click on About Us
received $3,827 from recycling these products!                                 2. Scroll to Supporting Our Schools and click on Our Educational
    Please forward Campbell’s labels, used ink cartridges and cell                Initiatives
phones to Kelly Gremba, Allegheny Valley School, Corporate Center,             3. Follow registration directions
1996 Ewings Mill Road, Coraopolis, PA 15108.                                   4. Click Register (if applicable)
Shopping at Target                                                            Thank you for your support!
   Use your REDcard (Target® VISA® Credit Card, Target Credit
Card and Target Check Card) to shop at Target, and
elsewhere and Target will donate a portion of the purchases to
Allegheny Valley School. To apply for a REDCard, please visit your
                                                                                View employment opportunities and apply
nearest Target store or apply online at
Designate AVS’ school ID # 126464 by calling 1-800-316-6142,                            online at
using the store kiosk or visiting This program
helps to raise money for AVS’ Capital Development Fund.
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“Celebrations” continued from page 1.                                    Jermel Black, Patricia Hickman, Justin Fierst, Jean Germain, Anita
                                                                         Houston (accompanied by Reatha Marshall), Sadie Keller and
    The video spoke of AVS’ history, development and growth, and         Christine King.
future. It also honored the dedicated employees who are the                  Participants also enjoyed a variety of carnival activities that were
reason for our success. In Champ’s words from the video:                 creatively designed by PHMC staff members. In honor of the
    “At Allegheny Valley School we are incredibly proud of the           Golden Anniversary, there was a Sense of Gold booth that had
programs and facilities we have built. But we couldn’t do any of         clients feel their way through lemon and pineapple Jell-O to find
this without YOU. You, our dedicated employees, are the reason for       golden treasures. Other booths included Pin-the-Towel on Myron’s
our success. You understand and live our mission. You care for our       hand, Pin-the-Microphone to Bob Prince, make your own festive
residents. You honor one another. Thank you for being a part of          visor and postcard, fish for gold and a Vintage Grand Prix race.
AVS and this momentous 50 year celebration. And a special thanks         While waiting for their turn to go through the booths, clients were
                                 to our amazing direct support           visited by the Tropical Sands Steel Band that performed in each of
                                 professionals who are the heart and     the living areas.
                                 hands of Allegheny Valley School.           Philadelphia Campus: Residents and staff celebrated with the
                                 The dignity, caring, concern and love   theme of 50 Years of Sound and Music. Activities included music
                                 that you bring to our residents each    from a local band, karaoke, a DJ, dancing and a presentation by a
                                 and every day is Allegheny Valley       local dance studio. Residents played games and did the limbo.
                                 School’s greatest point of pride.       Everyone enjoyed a cook-out and covered dish lunch with
                                 Thank you for your service and          homemade cakes made by staff members and residents from each
                                 thanks to all of our employees,         of the apartments.
                                 support services staff, residents,                                 Philadelphia Program Center: The
                                 family members and friends for                                 celebration included a dance contest, karaoke
                                 helping us achieve 50 years of caring                          and musical performances by staff members.
      Nancy Metro, Greg          at Allegheny Valley School.”                                   Everyone shared a potluck lunch and home-
Davidson and Barb Quigley           Corporate Center: Staff in western                          made cakes.
     from the Information        PA celebrated with a door/cube                                     Pittsburgh
  Technologies Department decorating contest and a pot luck                                     Campus:
   show-off their creativity. lunch.                                                                Celebration
    Hummelstown Campus: The special day was celebrated with                                     day welcomed
                                                                         Thomas participates the annual Fall
activities including the United Way of the Capital Region Day of              in karaoke.
Caring. Five staff members from the McClure Company participated                                Festival. Activities
in fun activities at the Campus.                                         included a bake sale, BBQ lunch,
The day started with music                                               petting zoo and a performance by the
provided by AVS’ own DJ                                                  Pittsburgh Campus Choir. There was
William.        Hershey Park’s                                           also an AVS memory booth that
ZooAmerica provided a                                                    displayed pictures and memories of
wildlife presentation entitled                                           residents and staff over the past 50
Paws, Claws, Scales & Tales.                                             years. Rain washed out the festival
Residents, volunteers and staff                                          parade and Pierogi race (which was
members enjoyed a picnic                                                 rescheduled and carried out on Adam and Chuck pose for
lunch in the backyard pavilion                                           September 30). The day concluded a picture at the Wild, Wild
                                   AVS resident Eugene and McClure       with a dance including music by the                West booth.
where Central/Eastern Director
                                  Company volunteer Lynne Desantis       band American Pie.
Roland Champ gave a special
                                   use the parachute during outdoor                                           Slippery Rock Program Center:
toast to AVS and its dedicated
                                                activities.                                               The rainy weather didn’t dampen the
    Kennedy Program Center (KPC): Residents and staff celebrated                                          celebration. Events from the day
the anniversary day with activities and games. Festivities included                                       included a beach ball toss, bean bag
a Piñata, bean bag toss, hot potato game and more. During a                                               corn hole and ping-pong. Some
special ceremony in the morning, Chief Development Officer                                                even braved the weather and played
Dorothy Hunter Gordon was presented with a homemade card in                                               wiffle ball outside. The afternoon
honor of the celebration. The card featured the faces of each                                             highlighted the singing talents of the
resident of KPC, with special messages written about the 50th                                             individuals during a karaoke dance
Anniversary.                                                                                              party. Lunch included a cookout and
    Patricia Hillman Miller Campus (PHMC): AVS’ 50 Years of                                               delicious cakes and cupcakes made
Caring was celebrated with a carnival. Staff members entertained                                          by the Food Prep Area. Everyone was
the clients with a talent show. With Sylvester Price serving as                                           very excited to participate in the
                                                                         Cindy and Jeff dance along celebration.
master of ceremonies, the many in attendance cheered on acts by                   to the music.                                                          10
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“Celebrations” continued from page 10.
                                                                            Wildwood: The gentlemen cel-
   Edward J. Zapp Program Center: Residents and staff started the       ebrated by watching the anniversary
                                                                        video, making crafts and having a
day with a parade of flags in the parking lot. They spent the rest of
the morning participating in relay competitions in the classrooms.      silly string battle. Their evening
The afternoon was filled with games and the celebration came to         concluded by wishing AVS a happy
                                   close with a cake social.            birthday with cake and ice cream.
                                      Hookstown and Mayhue:               Herb and others from Wildwood
                                   These two homes came together          celebrate with a silly string battle.
                                   for a celebratory dinner. After
                                   dinner, everyone enjoyed a
                                                                                                                     Ewings Mill II and Nolte
                                   specially     decorated     50th
                                   anniversary cake and listened to                                                  The ladies from Ewings
                                   the top 100 songs from 1960.                                                      Mill II and Nolte came
                                   The Yusavage family donated                                                       together for a picnic to
    Residents and staff from      home-grown pumpkins which                                                           celebrate AVS’ golden
  Mayhue celebrate AVS’ 50th were carved with the AVS logo                                                                  anniversary.
          anniversary.            and painted blue.

                                                                Anniversary Quilt
                                                                   Clients and staff members throughout AVS created a beautiful quilt
                                                                to commemorate our 50 Years of Caring. Residential, programming
                                                                and administrative departments created quilt squares that demonstrated
                                                                what AVS means to them. Squares featured sensory equipment,
                                                                client fingerprints, client and staff pictures, and many more colorful
                                                                and creative squares.
                                                                   The four corners of the quilt are The Terrible Towel®, Pittsburgh
                                                                Vintage Grand Prix, Allegheny Valley School and NHS Human
                                                                Services. The squares represent the anchors that have helped AVS
                                                                grow and prosper during the past 50 years, and will help to keep it
                                                                thriving for years to come.
                                                                   A special thank you goes to Betsy Uslenghi who spent many hours
                                                                sewing the squares together to create this masterpiece. The 50th
                                                                Anniversary Quilt made its debut at the Black & Golden Anniversary
                                                                Celebration on October 6.

  More Ways to Donate
     Your gift to the United Way, the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) or through the State
  Employee Combined Appeal (SECA) can be directed to Allegheny Valley School’s Capital
  Development Fund. Unless donors specifically indicate AVS, no funds will come to us. To
  designate AVS, write in Allegheny Valley School’s name and agency code on the pledge form.
  We ask that you authorize the release of your name to us so we can acknowledge your

     Allegheny Valley School’s Agency Codes
     United Way of Allegheny County (Southwestern PA)              373
     United Way of Southeastern PA                                 9076
     United Way of the Capital Region                              3026
     Central Pennsylvania Combined Federal Campaign                15451
     3 Rivers/Pennsylvania West CFC, Pittsburgh                    15451
     Combined Federal Campaign, Philadelphia                       15451                                          Donate online at
     State Employee Combined Appeal (SECA)                         4601-0045                             

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Sensory News
   In July, the Quarterly Discussion Group met at the Slippery Rock Program Center to hear about the development of its sensory garden.
The garden opened in October 2009, and features a variety of plants, exploration bins and outdoor activities including swings, musical
instruments, a large flower sensory wheel and more. This past summer a fruit and vegetable garden was planted which, along with the
herb garden, are used by the food prep area. Attendees from the quarterly meeting had a chance to tour the garden and hear about the
activities that take place in each area.
   The next meeting will be held in December at AVS’ Pittsburgh Campus. Tom Marshall from Sens-Aura by Southpaw, a therapeutic
equipment company, will be demonstrating and showing videos about new sensory equipment. If you are interested in attending a
Quarterly Discussion Group meeting, please contact Cindy Potter at

Grant News
   We are most grateful for each and every contribution that AVS receives. Every gift is
put to good use to help improve the quality of life of the individuals in our care. Since                              The Pittsburgh Foundation’s second
May 1, 2010, we have received numerous grants and contributions to our Capital                                     annual Day of Giving was held on
Development Fund that are supporting efforts to enhance our programs and facilities to                             Wednesday, October 13, through the
better meet the needs of our clients. Thank you to the following trusts, foundations,                              PittsburghGives website. This year the
companies and organizations for their support of AVS’ Capital Development Fund:                                    matching period ran for 24-hours and
                                                                                                                   each nonprofit received a portion of the
                        Allegheny Valley School Parents Association                                                pool of matching dollars from The
                                        Anonymous                                                                  Pittsburgh Foundation.
                                      AVS Foundation                                                                   AVS received 23 donations through
                                The Giant Eagle Foundation                                                         PittsburghGives totaling $8,139. Once
                         Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Association                                                 the matching funds were applied, AVS
                                                                                                                   received an additional $1,627.80 from
  Grants and contributions of $5,000 or more received May 1 - October 31, 2010. In                                 The Pittsburgh Foundation. Thank you to
addition, please see pages 6, 7 and 8 for a listing of contributors to the Black & Golden                          all who participated!
Anniversary Celebration and Friends of AVS Golf Open.
      The mission of Allegheny Valley School is to provide quality programs and facilities to help the individuals with
     intellectual and developmental disabilities entrusted to our care to live with purpose and dignity, and to provide
    opportunities and choices for our clients to grow and function at their full potential as independently as possible.
If you receive duplicate copies of this newsletter, would like someone to be added to the mailing list or would like your name removed
                                  from it, please call the Development Department at (412) 299-7777.

                              Life-long opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities

      ALLEGHENY VALLEY SCHOOL                    Corporate Center                           Pittsburgh Campus                    Central Pennsylvania Community
  PERSPECTIVES is published by                 1996 Ewings Mill Road                      1992 Ewings Mill Road                    Group Homes, Family Living/
  Allegheny Valley School, a private,        Coraopolis, PA 15108-3380                  Coraopolis, PA 15108-3399                      Life Sharing Programs
  non-profit organization providing               (412) 299-7777                              (412) 262-3500                        c/o 1291 Middletown Road
  residential and therapeutic programs                                                                                            Hummelstown, PA 17036-8929
  for children and adults with               Hummelstown Campus                        Slippery Rock Program Center
                                             1291 Middletown Road                            125 Rebecca Lane                              (717) 566-3267
  intellectual and developmental
  disabilities, most who also have         Hummelstown, PA 17036-8929                  Slippery Rock, PA 16057-8519              Eastern Pennsylvania Community
  multiple physical disabilities,               (717) 566-3267                                 (724) 794-1362                      Group Homes, Family Living/
  extensive medical complications and                                                                                                  Life Sharing Programs
                                           Patricia Hillman Miller Campus             Edward J. Zapp Program Center
  some who have behavioral                                                                                                      c/o 380 Red Lion Road, Suite 201
  management needs. Allegheny Valley         315 West Prospect Avenue                      140 Coketown Road
                                             Pittsburgh, PA 15205-1924                  Coraopolis, PA 15108-3316               Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006-6451
  School is An NHS Human Services
                                                    (412) 921-7755                           (412) 262-1553                                (215) 947-4189
  Company. Please send comments
  and suggestions to:                           Philadelphia Campus                     Kennedy Program Center                  Western Pennsylvania Community
                                                  9990 Verree Road                      1806 Pine Hollow Road                   Group Homes, Supported Living,
  Dorothy Hunter Gordon                                                                                                           Apartments, Family Living/
                                            Philadelphia, PA 19115-1397               McKees Rocks, PA 15136-1538
  Chief Development Officer                                                                                                          Life Sharing Programs
  Allegheny Valley School                          (215) 677-9500                           (412) 778-2540
                                                                                                                                  c/o 1996 Ewings Mill Road
  1996 Ewings Mill Road                  Philadelphia Administrative Offices            Philadelphia Program Center               Coraopolis, PA 15108-3380
  Coraopolis, PA 15108-3380                380 Red Lion Road, Suite 201                     3190 Tremont Avenue
  Telephone (412) 299-7777                                                                                                               (412) 299-7777
                                         Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006-6451                 Trevose, PA 19053-6644
                                                  (215) 947-4189                              (215) 364-1750                         Web Site:
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