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Celebrating Survivors Sponsor Highlights

Thank you to our generous sponsors for Celebrating Survivors 2021

UPMC Health Plan

UPMC Health Plan, the Celebrating Survivors Presenting Ambassador of Hope, has endlessly supported the WC&S mission in a variety of way over decades. From the very beginning when our spring event was called the Spring Clothes Out until today, UPMC Health Plan’s generosity and partnership has helped to empower thousands of survivors and their children to begin new lives, free from abuse.

As one of the founding members of STANDING FIRM, the business case for ending partner violence, UPMC Health Plan encourages other companies to join and responsibly support their employees who may be survivors of partner violence. We sincerely thank UPMC Health Plan for helping to spread the message of STANDING FIRM since its inception.

This year, we are honoring UPMC’s Raquel A. Buranosky, MD, MPH as the Ted Craig Humanitarian Award recipient. Dr. Raquel started a medical clinic at WC&S in 1996 and continues to dedicate her time to domestic violence survivors and other underserved people in the Pittsburgh area. When the clinic first began, Dr. Buranosky and her team of student volunteers found that many of the residents staying at WC&S’ Emergency Shelter were not having their health needs met because of the abuse they had suffered. The clinic continues to serve survivors in WC&S’ Emergency Shelter and connect them with physicians who are able to provide them with trauma-informed care on an ongoing basis.

WC&S is deeply grateful for the ongoing support and dedication from UPMC Health Plan and its employees who also serve WC&S through committee and board service. We hope to continue this meaningful partnership for years to come. Thank you for being such amazing community advocates for hope and healing.


This year’s Celebrating Survivors Children’s Ambassador, management + technology consulting firm Aspirant, use their time and talent to make real change in the lives of domestic violence survivors and their children, both as a company and through the efforts of individual employees.

Women’s Center & Shelter’s partnership with Pittsburgh-based Aspirant began back in 2014 with the development of the life-saving RUSafe app, now in its second version and available in three languages in all 50 states. Since that time, Aspirant has fully embraced WC&S through their Connection of Hope campaign, by serving meals to residents and children, participating in the annual Adopt-A-Family holiday giving program, hosting events on WC&S’ behalf, sponsoring WC&S events, and providing countless amounts of expertise in a wide variety of areas such as technology and human resources.

We are so thankful for the length and depth of Aspirant’s continued partnership and support. It is friends like you who make this work possible.

Berkshire Hathaway - Julie Rost

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Realtor Julie Rost and her family have a long history with Women’s Center & Shelter that began with her father, Don Wolff. For many years, Julie, her mother Bunny, and her children have continued this legacy by volunteering at the shelter with The Wolff Center at UPMC, creating special meals and experiences for residents and their children. Julie has served on the Celebrating Survivors event committee for many years and her daughter, Sloan, has volunteered in the WC&S Development Department. We are honored to welcome Julie, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Realtor, as an Empowerment Ambassador for the 2021 Celebrating Survivors event! A sincere thanks to you and your family for your many years of dedication, service, and generosity!

Brentwood Bank

Celebrating Survivors Empowerment Ambassador, Brentwood Bank, has been an excellent partner for many years. Brentwood Bank employees volunteer at WC&S in a number of different ways, always ready to take on the oddest and dirtiest jobs. Their team has completed projects like organizing our storage rooms, landscaping, and helping us plant a beautiful butterfly garden in our backyard. We always appreciate Brentwood Bank’s can-do attitude. Thank you for your efforts to help support and enrich the lives of survivors of domestic violence and their children.

PNC Bank

Celebrating Survivors Empowerment Ambassador, PNC Bank, has supported Women’s Center & Shelter in a number of ways throughout the years. From serving as a sponsor for our special events to providing funding for our life-saving programs and services, PNC Bank is committed to making the Pittsburgh Community a safer space for families. Leadership and employees from PNC Bank also give of their time and talent through skill-based volunteering by hosting financial seminars for WC&S staff and clients, serving on various WC&S committees and the Advisory Council, providing meals to residents and their children, and participating in a variety of projects benefitting the center through their work with United Way. We are incredibly humbled by the wide range of PNC Bank’s support and generosity!

Reed Smith

Thank you to Reed Smith for serving as an Empowerment Ambassador for this year’s Celebrating Survivors event and for their longstanding partnership with WC&S. Every year in December, Reed Smith employees host a silent auction to raise money for our Adopt-a-Family program, which supports survivors and their children during the holiday season. Over the past four years, Reed Smith employees have raised enough to provide holiday presents for nearly 650 clients and their family members. Thank you, Reed Smith!