Mark Nordenberg Honored at Excellence is Ageless Gala

Published: Monday, May 08, 2017

Nearly 500 friends, supporters and partners of Lutheran SeniorLife gathered at Heinz Field on April 28 to celebrate Abundant Life at the Excellence is Ageless Gala, helping to raise approximately $235,000. Proceeds will benefit benevolent care.

This year's honoree was Mark Nordenberg, chancellor emeritus at the University of Pittsburgh. Throughout his distinguished career, Nordenberg has inspired others to be vibrant and productive, while making significant contributions to the community through his service, philanthropy and leadership.

(l to r) David Fenoglietto, Jane Bittcher, Mark Nordenberg

"I am deeply grateful to Luthean SeniorLife for honoring me in such a special way," Nordenberg said. 

In his remarks, Nordenberg cited many examples of people in his life who have taught him to live abundantly, and said that it is important to stay active and engaged as we age.

"At every stage of our lives, we all have things we want to accomplish, experience and enjoy. Helping people maintain the ability to effectively pursue their dreams - whatever they may be - sits at the heart of the Lutheran SeniorLife mission," Nordenberg said. "And the passionate pursuit of wide-ranging dreams promotes an Abundant Life."

Attendees had the opportunity to bid on auction items including many pieces of art created by some of our residents and program participants, sports memorbilia and much more.

"We are committed to never asking somebody to leave one of our programs or our residences, or to stop using one of our services because they have run out of financial resources," said Jane Bittcher, president of the Lutheran SeniorLife Foundation, adding that Lutheran SeniorLife provides $3 million annually in benevolent care.

"Our passion for serving seniors has helped make us the most comprehensive and diverse faith-based non-profit provider in the tri-state area," said David Fenoglietto, president and CEO of Lutheran SeniorLife. "Thank you all for your support in helping us to continue to provide an Abundant Life to the seniors we serve."

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