Community Ally Reception & Benefit Dinner

Thursday, June 4, 2015 - 5:00pm

Each year, CHS brings together our friends, neighbors, and partners to celebrate leaders in our community. This year, we are focusing on innovative ways to individuals and businesses can work together to transform our community. Please join us for the 6th Annual Community Ally Benefit Dinner this June 4th.

From universities and hospitals to small businesses and grade schools, being a community ally can take a million forms. Please join us for an evening celebrating all kinds of community partners, with a special focus on these three special individuals who have made a difference in the lives of the folks we serve. All proceeds support the work of CHS, so please RSVP today!

About Our Honorees:

John Krolicki

John Krolicki, Vice President of Facilities and Support Services, UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside

John has spent his career working in facilities and operations, helping some of our largest companies be more efficient. In addition to being a part of UPMC’s growth to be a leader in healthcare, he has been a driving force in creating partnerships that transform communities. From community planning to driving philanthropic investments, John is at the forefront of virtually every conversation about how to make Oakland a better place.




Joe Bettinger

Joe Bettinger, Owner, Hieber's Pharmacy

For more than 30 years, Joe has gone above and beyond to make sure every person who walks in his door gets what they need. From compounding prescriptions when options are not commercially available to a focus on customer service, Hieber's Pharmacy is truly a community pharmacy. Everyone on staff get to know their patients, customers, and families in a way that just doesn't happen in a lot of modern businesses. As a teaching pharmacy, he cultivates the next generation in his field. Not only do they host community wellness educational programs, they use these events as fundraisers for local nonprofits. And if leading by example through his business wasn't enough, Joe is actively involved in everything from the Oakland Business Improvement District to the Special Olympics and the Homeless Cat Shelter.


Kip Rodes

Kip Rodes, Youth Ally, Organizer of the Hearts and Soles Shoe Drive

Imagine 1,100 pairs of shoes. That’s enough to put a pair of shoes on the feet of every person in every family – including the kids – working with our homeless assistance programs. Coordinating that kind of donation is a massive job, yet for two years in a row, Kip and has organized a shoe drive across several local schools and churches to accomplish just that. Not only do these 1,100 pairs include options for men, women and children, and range from comfortable walking shoes to dress shoes for job interviews, the families we serve were just blown away by the fact this was all organized by one young man and his family.


About the Dinner:

Please join us this June 4th at Le Mont Restaurant on Mt. Washington.

5:00 pm — VIP Reception - SOLD OUT
6:30 pm — Reception and hors d’oeuvres
7:00 pm — Dinner
8:00 pm — Awards Program: Partnership and Innovation
Featuring a panel discussion on innovative partnerships with John Lovelace of UPMC for You, Peter Boatwright of the Carnegie Mellon Integrated Innovation Institute, and Tom Hardy of Palo Alto Partners, moderated by Councilman Dan Gilman.


  • VIP Reception only: $50 - SOLD OUT
  • Benefit Dinner only: $75
  • VIP Reception & Benefit Dinner: $100 - SOLD OUT
  • Table of 8 for dinner: $500 (save $100)
  • Table of 8 for VIP Reception & Dinner: $750 (save $50) - SOLD OUT

RSVP Today!


The dinner, and our work, is only possible with the sponsorship and underwriting of our partners:

Dollar Bank

LeMont Restaurant
This event has been generously underwritten by Anna & Ed Dunlap, LeMont Restaurant.

Sponsorships are a great way to say thanks to John, Joe, and Kip for everything they have done while supporting our work. Opportunities start at $1,000 and include tickets to the dinner. If you would like more information on supporting CHS as a sponsor, please contact Jon Hoffmann at 412-246-1608.