By Matthew Guerry
Photography: Ben Petchel
The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America’s Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia Chapter held its seventh annual Women of Distinction Awards Luncheon at The Fairmont Pittsburgh this year, with a record attendance of more than 350 guests. Michele Fabrizi, CEO of MARC USA; Karen Wolk Feinstein, president and CEO of The Jewish Healthcare Foundation; and Roslyn Neiman, chapter board member and real estate professional at Howard Hanna Real Estate Services, were selected by the luncheon’s executive committee as this year’s honorees. Prior to lunch, guests were able to participate in a silent auction, held in the hotel foyer. Then, they enjoyed a finely plated meal of banana-crusted grouper and risotto, paired with peach sangria. The excitement grew as co-chairs Emily O’Connor of BNY Mellon and Lynne Popash of VisitPittsburgh presented the awards to the 2015 Women of Distinction. “The highlight of the event was hands down Patrick May,” says Katie O’Toole, development manager of The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America’s Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia Chapter. “A patient and all-around great kid, he shared the story of his roller coaster with Crohn’s disease, which earned a standing ovation.” May, who recently underwent surgery, was eager to share how the money raised by the organization can truly make a difference in the lives of patients. All told, the event raised $100,000 to benefit the local organization.