pediatric palliative care coalition





  • 2015 Beverly's Birthdays

  • 2014 Operation Backpack
  • 2013 Salt works
  • 2012  Angel's Place
  • 2011  Riding for the Handicapped of Western Pennsylvania
  • 2010 The Family Literacy Center
  • 2009  Allegheny Youth Development
  • 2008  Up for Reading
  • 2007  Girls Hope
  • 2006  The Neighborhood Academy
  • 2005  Children's Hospital Palliative Care Unit​
  • 2004  Pittsburgh Action Against Rape
  • 2003  Child Watch
  • 2002  Wings for Children
  • 2001  Child's Way
  • 2000  Woodlands Foundation
  • 1999  Court Appointed Special Advocate Program
  • 1998  Mount Ararat Community Center
  • 1997  The Lighthouse Foundation
  • 1996  Bethesda Center, Inc.
  • 1995  Debra House
  • 1993  Louise Child Care​
  • 1992 Pace School


The Pediatric Palliative Care Coalition (PPCC) serves children with life-limiting illnesses and their families not only by bringing together the resources needed to maneuver a highly complex medical situation, but also improving their care options by educating healthcare professionals, and advocating for change in legislation and palliative care reimbursements. With the help of The Women’s Board of Pittsburgh, the PPCC will be able to move their vision forward and improve outreach initiatives making a significant impact on the lives of these children and their families.


The goal of the monies raised at the luncheon would be the development of a web-based Family Care App (a prototype is in the works), an Interactive Resource Map and an electronic Family Care Kit.  With these new capabilities, families can navigate through vast amount of information in the health care environment and keep more accurate records of available resources and specific data about their child.  PPCC has impacted over 500,000 children since inception.


For the past 26 years, The Women’s Board of Pittsburgh has held an annual benefit luncheon the purpose of which is to raise financial support and publicity for a long list of local nonprofit organizations which promote the welfare and development of children in the Greater Pittsburgh area.  From the first recipient (Pace School in 1992), to the most recent beneficiaries (Sharpsburg Library, Full STEAM Ahead program in 2017, Project SEED in 2016, and Beverly’s Birthdays in 2015), The Women’s Board of fifty-member volunteers have worked to raise funds focusing on those nonprofits whose mission is targeted at children.  In addition, the board solicits financial support from local donors, foundations, businesses, and generous sponsors.


This year’s benefit luncheon is co-chaired by Dotti Bechtol and Deb Bergren Garlock.  The event includes a cooking demonstration by renowned chef Douglas Genovese, Executive Chef of the Carnegie Museum Properties, coupled with an informal fashion show by Carabella, with fundraising targeted efforts through a Grand Raffle, Silent and Teacup Auctions. The theme for the event is “Lighting the Way through Pittsburgh”, and will be emceed by Andrew Stockey from Channel 4 Action News.  All proceeds will go directly to The Pediatric Palliative Care Coalition.


It has been the mission of  The Women's Board of Pittsburgh to support the welfare and development of children in the greater Pittsburgh area through our annual fundraising event.