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First 'Bringing Hope To Life' Award to Howard 'Pete' Love

-Dinner Honoring Pittsburgh Business Leader Will Be Held Thursday, April 30-

PITTSBURGH, April 13 /PRNewswire/ -- On Thursday, April 30, 2009, the Parkinson Foundation of Western Pennsylvania will present well-known Pittsburgh business leader Howard "Pete" Love with its first annual Bringing Hope to Life Award for his life accomplishments in philanthropy and advocacy.

The event will be held at the Circuit Center IBEW Ballroom on the South Side Thursday, April 30, 2009 at 6 p.m. For tickets or information, call the Foundation at 412- 365-2086 or visit

Mr. Love, the retired CEO of National Steel, has served on the Parkinson Foundation's board since 1998, as well as many other charitable endeavors, such as the United Way and the Latrobe Area Hospital Charitable Foundation, and boards including the Heinz Endowments, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Mellon Bank, Monsanto and the University of Pittsburgh. He also served on the board of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and was honored by the Cathedral of Learning Society for having generously given over $1 million to the University of Pittsburgh, the highest honor the university bestows.

Pete Love and his family created the Love Family Foundation to support numerous community efforts. It has endowed a chair at the University of Pittsburgh's Katz School of Business and created a fund for pulmonary research, in honor of his father. The Love Foundation also funded a center to study degenerative neurological diseases. The center brings doctors and research scientists together at the Oakland facility to study and treat Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) and other neuropathies, designated a Center of Excellence by the National Parkinson Foundation. Dr. Robert Moore, the School of Medicine's neurology department chair, and Dr. Michael Zigmond, professor of neuroscience co-direct the center. The Love Family Foundation also established an endowed chair in honor of Dr. Moore's work in neurology research, which has established him as one of the foremost experts in the world.

    Contact:    Carey Knapp
                Development Specialist
                Office: 412-365-2086

SOURCE Parkinson Foundation of Western Pennsylvania
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