Supporters of Life’sWork were treated to a meal fit for a king –literally, at A White House Dinner in Pittsburgh held on November 5th.  The black-tie benefit featured renowned White House Chef John Moeller who has served not just royalty and other Heads of State for 13 years but three First Families from 1992 until 2005; those of President H.W. Bush, President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush.

The event, a re-creation of an actual State Dinner, had Life’sWork rolling out the red carpet to honor local business and community leaders who have made their mark in history by furthering the lives of people with disabilities or employment barriers.  In keeping in tradition with Official State Dinners the 911th Air Wing Honor Guards were present for the evening.  Also in attendance was Piper John Marthens of the Pittsburgh Firefighters’ Memorial Pipe Band.

Highlights of the evening included four delectable courses prepared by Moeller, known for his trademark use of fresh, healthy ingredients in one-of-a-kind dishes inspired by his classical French training. Guests also enjoyed a personal signing of Chef Moeller’s best-selling book, ‘Dining at the White House — from the President’s Table to Yours’.

The evening culminated with an awards presentation to honor the following individuals and groups:

  • Rivers Casino was honored with The James F. Compton Humanitarian Award, recognizing the efforts of the corporation in improving the quality of life for persons with disabilities through enhanced employment opportunities.
  • FedEx Ground received The Joseph F. Mulach, Jr. Award, in recognition of their Disability Mentoring Day that has been conducted for the last decade as well as their continued work in offering competitive employment to persons with disabilities and barriers to employment.
  • Merril Hoge was the recipient of the Life’s Work Career Achievement Award, given to an individual who has excelled in their career and has served as a mentor to individuals with disabilities or barriers to employment.
  • Keith Allison was honored with The Leonard Weitzman 2016 Client of the Year Award recognizing a person placed in a job by Life’sWork, who has shown outstanding performance and excellence in the workplace.

Just a little ‘insider information’ from Blacktie –

Life’sWork has an amazing 88 year history of championing the cause of individuals with disabilities. They have served more than 100,000 individuals of all ages since their inception, as well as people with other barriers to employment including at-risk youth, single parents and people transitioning off public assistance.

Their various services include case management, counseling, vocational assessment, job coaching, job placement & career advancement service, with one mission – to remove barriers from employment, help their clients find work and thrive alongside their peers long term and successfully. And because of that….they definitely deserve the ‘presidential treatment’!