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Sixth Annual Women of Distinction Awards Luncheon

Three exceptional women were honored on Friday, May 9, 2014 at the Fairmont Hotel Pittsburgh, during the sixth annual Woman of Distinction Award Luncheon.

Beverly Wukich, Mary Ellen Wampler, and Ruby Kang
Ruby Kang Honoree in Philanthropy

This year’s honorees included Ruby Kang, a Mt Lebanon resident, honored for Philanthropy. Mrs. Kang is a community volunteer and Philanthropist committed to The Ladies Hospital Aid Society, Mt. Lebanon Community Endowment and PTSA. A pharmacist by profession, Ruby retired to focus on her family and community.

Eva Tansky Blum, President, PNC Foundation, and Executive Vice President of Community Relations for PNC, was honored in Regional Vitality. Ms. Blum also serves the community as a board member of WQED, the Jewish Healthcare foundation, and advisory board of Carnegie Science Center.

Emerging Leader Honoree was Amelia Brause, a University of Pittsburgh senior, diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease when she was nine years old. Amelia immediately became a member of CCFA and now serves as the co-chair of CCFA’s national council of collegiate leaders.

The afternoon began with guest admiring the silent auction items, including "Ultimate Raffles", of a trip to Walt Disney World, a deluxe wine refrigerator and VIP Penguins game packages.

Katy O’Toole, CCFA Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia Chapter, Development Manager, recruited the help of her sister, Maggie O’Toole and the team worked to insure the event ran flawlessly.

Attended by over 350 guests, the luncheon raises money to benefit the CCFA Western PA/West Virginia chapter in the quest to find a cure for Crohn’s and Colitis.

To donate and learn more about CCFA , please visit

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