By Rachel Jones | Photographs by Charlie Magovern
WHO: Upwards of 120 guests
WHAT: Vision Towards Peace’s fourth annual When Passion Meets the Road Awards Gala honored, celebrated, and paid homage to the individuals who work in the social services field.
WHERE:The Ace Hotel
HIGHLIGHTS: The event recognized Anna E. Hollis, Marlon Ferguson, Dean Williams, Donielle Owen, and DeVon “Von” Madden as Forerunners; Tammy Thompson, Sara Danforth, and Leslie Evans as Roadrunner Award winners; and Tiffany Huff-Strothers, Iyana Tennon, Kalie D. Pierce, Terry Lynne Shields, and Mrs. Jessica N. Brown as Entrepreneur Award recipients. Walter Smith, Ph.D, deputy director of Children’s Family and Youth Services of Pittsburgh, delivered a special keynote address, acknowledging the required energy, effort, and courage it takes to work in this field.
“The most moving moment of the event for me was the keynote discussion by Walter Smith. His conversation centered around why it was important to host an event like this, honoring workers in this industry, because their work takes more effort, diligence, endurance, and strength to carry on and help people with their issues every single day.” — Renee Aldrich, PR consultant of Vision Towards Peace