Local non-profit, government and parochial leaders gathered together on Monday evening, December 9th, at the Pittsburgh Sheraton Station Square to celebrate 13 years of cultural dialogue in Pittsburgh. Sponsored by The Peace Islands Institute (PII) and The Turkish Cultural Center of Pittsburgh (TCCP), the event has grown each year to draw a who’s who of Pittsburgh’s most influential community leaders.
The evening began with a reception followed by opening remarks by this year’s emcee, Michael Bartley of WQED. Keynote speaker Dr. Steven E. Sokol, President and CEO of the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, took the stage to present his own personal and very experienced world view of intercultural relations. Pittsburgh Mayor-elect Bill Peduto and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald continued their own traditions of speaking at this renowned yearly event. TCCP and PII members also had the pleasure of hosting David Hickton, United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania and Gary Douglas Perdue, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Pittsburgh Division at the event.
Three distinguished awards presented at this year’s dinner: Deborah L. Acklin, President and CEO of WQED, received the Media Award; the Global Achievement in Academics award presented to Mark A. Nordenberg, Chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh; and the Building Bridges for Small Business Award given to Doris Carson Williams, President and CEO of the African American Chamber of Commerce of Western PA.