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"I absolutely love the Cultural District"

For Laurie Adams, love of the arts is a family tradition, one she now shares with her granddaughter, Lucy, who enjoys trips to the Cultural District to see children’s and family shows. “I absolutely love the Cultural District,” Laurie says, “and I appreciate the visionary leadership at the Cultural Trust that has brought all this to Pittsburgh. That’s why I wanted to be a part of the Capital Campaign.” Laurie demonstrated her appreciation with a five-year annual fund pledge and a bequest in her will.

Laurie has also been an active volunteer for the Trust. She co-chaired the Circles Board for many years and served on the Trust’s Institutional Development Committee, the group charged with overseeing and advising on fundraising activities. She has hosted cultivation events at her home, inviting potential new members to hear about the Trust. Thank you, Laurie!

—Laurie Adams, Cultural Trust donor and volunteer

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"Green spaces in our city are vital"

The outdoor spaces of the Cultural District – specifically Allegheny Riverfront Park – have a place in the hearts of Carol and Nelson Craige, and that is where they chose to direct part of their gift to the Campaign. “Green spaces in our city are vital, as time spent in nature heals and helps all of us live a fuller, more peaceful life,” says Carol. In addition to that generous gift, the Craiges also made a five-year annual fund pledge and joined the Legacy Society with a planned gift to the Trust.

—Carol & Nelson Craige, Cultural Trust donors

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"The Trust is vital to ensuring a strong future for Pittsburgh"

“I have supported many Pittsburgh arts organizations over the years, including serving on the Board of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust for more than 30 years. My love for the arts – from soaring performances at the Benedum Center to public art that brightens all our lives – prompted me to chair the Trust’s Programming Committee and co-chair the District Design Committee. Without a doubt, the Trust is vital to ensuring a strong future for Pittsburgh. The Trust’s continued thoughtful and fiscally responsible stewardship of the Cultural District is the key to the continued development of downtown as an arts and culture destination and to the recovery of the regional economy.”

—Nancy D. Washington, community volunteer, Cultural Trust Board Member, and Campaign Cabinet Member

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"The arts are an integral part of a well-rounded lifestyle"

“When my wife, Kim, and I moved to Pittsburgh, we chose to live downtown. We were impressed with the amenities like the theaters and galleries and public art and wanted to be able to take full advantage of everything the Cultural District offers. I’m proud to be a personal supporter of the Trust and the Campaign, and I’m equally proud of the long-standing partnership between Highmark and the Trust. The arts are an integral part of a well-rounded lifestyle and Highmark’s sponsorship of events like Highmark First Night Pittsburgh is a demonstration of our commitment to corporate responsibility, to giving back, and to ensuring that our communities remain strong and healthy.”

—David L. Holmberg, President and CEO, Highmark Health and Chairman of the Board, Highmark Inc.; Co-Vice Chair, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust; Campaign Co-Chair

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The official registration and financial information of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free, within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.