Seventh Annual Celebrating Senior Champions Dinner and Auction

The seventh annual Celebrating Senior Champions dinner and silent auction was held on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at the Omni William Penn Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh. More than 450 individuals and businesses supported the celebration which raised over $200,000 for support of frail seniors within our communities.

The annual event recognizes individuals and groups who contribute significant time and energy to serving seniors throughout Western Pennsylvania and beyond. Three outstanding Champions were celebrated for their support.

Proceeds benefit the UPMC Senior Communities Benevolent Care Program, which provides financial assistance and support services to eligible seniors living within one of 19 UPMC Senior Living Communities.

2015 Lead Sponsors

  • Lamar Advertising
  • UPMC for Life
  • Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC

2015 Champions

Learn more about what makes a Senior Champion

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Charles F. Reynolds, III, MD

Dr. Reynolds is the UPMC Endowed Professor in Geriatric Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Professor of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences at the Graduate School of Public Health, Director of the Aging Institute of UPMC Senior Services and University of Pittsburgh, the NIHM-sponsored Center of Excellence in Prevention and Treatment of Late Life Mood Disorders, and the John A. Hartford Center of Excellence in Geriatric Psychiatry. Dr. Reynolds is internationally renowned in the field of geriatric psychiatry. His primary research interests focus on mood, grief, and sleep disorders of later life.

»Learn more about Charles F. Reynolds, III, MD​.

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Maxwell King, President and CEO, on behalf of The Pittsburgh Foundation

The Pittsburgh Foundation was established in 1945 and is one of the nation’s oldest community foundations as well as the 14th largest of more than 750 community foundations across the United States. The Pittsburgh Foundation’s resources comprise endowment funds established by individuals, businesses and organizations with a passion for charitable giving and a deep commitment to the Pittsburgh community. The Pittsburgh Foundation is recognized for its support of at-risk seniors, seniors who wish to “age in place,” caregivers, research to treat and ultimately prevent delirium of hospitalized seniors, and the study of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia disorders. 

»Learn more about Maxwell King and The Pittsburgh Foundation​.

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Brian Catale and Associates, Operation Veteran Benefits

A Native of Western Pennsylvania, Brian has been married for 35 years and has raised his family. He is the founder of Brian Catale and Associates and Operation Veteran Benefits. His office is located in Mars, PA, just outside of the Greater Pittsburgh area. Brian is an active member of his local church and presently a member of the finance committee. Brian is also on the Committee for UPMC’s Benevolent Fund and an active participant in the Celebrating Senior Champions Dinner, donating to the UPMC Benevolent Fund.  Brian is also the founder and host of his own weekly radio show, “Wisdom Keys for Retirement” endorsed by Glenn Beck and previously heard on in the Pittsburgh area on 104.7 FM. The show’s theme is “the ability to leave a Family Legacy Lifeprint® upon the world.”

Operation Veteran Benefits assists wartime Veterans, their surviving spouse, and their families in receiving VA's Non-Service-Connected Disability Improved Pension Benefit with Aid & Attendance and Medicaid assistance. Brian has helped hundreds of veterans acquire and maintain the Aid & Attendance Pension, money they so rightfully deserve.

»Learn more about Brian Catale and Associates.


Event Information

The Celebrating Senior Champions dinner and auction supports the UPMC Senior Communities Benevolent Care Program in its efforts to provide financial assistance and other support services to eligible seniors living in one of UPMC’s 20 retirement communities.

View images of the 2014 event or view a listing of previous senior champion honorees.

Learn more about sponsorship opportunities for the event.

A special thank you to our current sponsors.

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