By Matthew Hacke | Photographs by Sarah Collins

WHO: 425 attendees, including Tunch Ilkin, Craig Wolfley, and B.J. Finney

WHAT: Light of Life Rescue Mission’s annual More Than a Meal gala raised awareness about homelessness and addiction, and funds for critical services they provide to address these issues.

WHERE: Heinz Field’s Hyundai Club West

HIGHLIGHTS: This year’s gala took on a more serious tone. When guests arrived, they were taken through an art instillation called Eye of the Needle, created by local artists to raise awareness and education about homelessness and the opioid epidemic in Pittsburgh. After the sit-down dinner, provided by Aramark Catering, sports broadcasters Tunch Ilkin and Craig Wolfley discussed their involvement with Light of Life. The evening ended with a live interview with a woman who graduated from Light of Life’s program and is now working full-time and recently bought a home. A new helpline called Lightline was also announced at the gala. The line is a resource to assist anyone who is either experiencing difficult times, addiction, or is actively searching for a way to help loved ones.

This year’s More Than a Meal gala raised over $185,000 for the tremendous cause. Being able to be in a room filled with so many people who love the mission and share their stories of how lives are changed at Light of Life is always incredibly moving.” — Kate Wadsworth, public relations and aftercare manager of Light of Life Rescue Mission

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