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Homeless Children’s Education Fund Celebrates Champions for Children

12th Annual Champions for Children Benefit

On Monday, March 7, 2011 the Homeless Children’s Education Fund will be hosting its 12th Annual Champions for Children Benefit at the Rivers Club in One Oxford Centre, Downtown Pittsburgh.

It will be a time of great celebration as we honor Pittsburgh Steeler defensive end Brett Keisel and Sarah Keisel as the recipients of our 2011 Champions for Children Award. Executive Director Joann Cyganovich, Sojourner House, and Sojourner House MOMS are to receive the Linda A. Dickerson Award.

Robert Fragasso, CEO and Chairman of Fragasso Financial Advisors, is the Event Chair and Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania Chairman Ralph Papa and Ruth Anne Papa are our honorary Hosts. We wish to welcome you as we celebrate our heroes for children with a night of fine wine and food pairings provided by Rivers Club’s Chef Jim Gelzheise as well as sweets provided by local chocolatiers. All proceeds will directly support the educational programming that provides “hope through learning” for the children experiencing homelessness in Allegheny County this year.

Corporate sponsors, patrons, and advertisers contribute greatly to the success of the event. To learn more, contact Zach at 412-562-0154 or

Also contact Zach if you have not received an invitation but would like to attend. General admission is $100, VIP admission $300.

The Homeless Children’s Education Fund is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1999 by Dr. Joseph F. Lagana and has since been dedicated to raising the general public’s awareness of the difficulties that children experiencing homelessness endure. Central to our commitment to the children’s academic success are the HCEF Learning Centers’ housed within our partnering transitional and bridge housing, as well as in emergency shelters.

The Homeless Children’s Education Fund also provides multiple opportunities for adults, youths, and children to advocate for families experiencing homelessness and for the educational rights of the children affected.

To learn more about the Homeless Children’s Education Fund, please visit our website at

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