Introduces the Newly
Kerry Stoner Award
courtesy of the Pittsburgh Glass Center
had a vision and that vision was unveiled at PATF's 28th Annual
Benefit as the newly re-imagined Kerry Stoner Award which was
presented to Giant Eagle, Inc. in front of 400 guests.
started when Parsakian brought together many of Kerry Stoner's friends
and those passionate about his legacy to talk about how best to
represent Stoner while honoring the contributions of the award
recipients. Nachum Golan, Steve Hough, Wes Scott, Mary Irwin Scott,
Linda Bucci, Tom Sokolowski, Gordon Fisher, Elliott Oshry, and Dee Jay
Oshry came together to remember their friend and imagine a new way to
honor his legacy.
The results of
this effort speak for itself. The physical beauty along with the
symbolism is not only touching, but a perfect reflection of the
hope and power that PATF and this community has in fighting the
HIV epidemic as well as being a fitting tribute to Kerry.
"Last year I
proposed a new way to connect all of the circles that intersect
Kerry's work, personality, and friends to an object that would give
more meaning to his memory", said Parsakian. "My inspiration
came from Kerry's love of one of our most iconic films, The Wizard of Oz.
It is the quest by a group of friends looking to find a way to empower
themselves to find acceptance and love, to overcome adversities only
to find that they had possessed these inner strengths all the
character in particular, Glinda the Good, helps to reveal this through
the wand she holds", he continued. "The wand gives all who
hold it the power to create change, the power to do good. These are
the qualities we look for in those we honor."
insistent that the wand be crafted from clear glass to symbolize
"purity, the fragility of life, and empowerment."
The award itself
was created by glass artist Melissa Fitzgerald while the base was
created by Travis Rohrbaugh, both of the Pittsburgh Glass Center.
Kathleen Mulcahy, Ron Desmett, Heather McElwee, and Paige Ilkhanipour
of the Pittsburgh Glass Center were all instrumental in the creation
of the award as their time, passion, and creative energy made it
PATF is humbled
by the dedication and passion that Richard Parsakian has for the work
that we do and we are honored to call him friend. Thank you.
To see pictures
from the benefit, visit us on Facebook.