Welcome and thank you for your interest in this year’s event.

We are most grateful to you for your support of our efforts to continue to and their families through unique activities and community outreach.

You are cordially invited to join Lending Hearts in an evening of celebration & hope as we present this year’s Lending Hearts Friend Award to Pittsburgh Pirates Pitcher, Jameson Taillon, at the 2019 Lending Hearts Gala, Thursday, February 28, 2019 at the Fairmont Pittsburgh.

Event Information

In 2018, the Lending Hearts Friend Award honorees were former NHL & Pittsburgh Penguin Stanley Cup Champion, Mr. Tyler Kennedy, and his wife and owner of Cookie Couture Clothing, Mrs. Brandi Kennedy. Please join us as we present the 2019 Lending Hearts Friend Award to our 2019 honorees, Mr. Jameson Taillon.

In May 2017, Jameson was diagnosed with testicular cancer. He immediately used his personal experience to reach out and help others impacted by cancer. Just five weeks after surgery, Taillon was able to pitch again and announced he was cancer-free. Following his experience, he connected immediately with Lending Hearts.

With Jameson’s love for coffee and support of Lending Hearts, he partnered with Pittsburgh’s Commonplace Coffee Co. and together, they developed the “Lending Hearts Blend.” In 2018, Jameson was recognized as the Roberto Clemente Award Honoree for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Jameson personifies what it means to lend your heart to others. He has a love and compassion for others that inspires all who know him. We thank him for his constant support and enthusiasm for Lending Hearts, our youth and their families. We are honored to present the 2019 Lending Hearts Friend Award to Jameson Taillon.

Our Lending Hearts Ambassador Award honoree will be Mr. TJ Fairchild, owner of Commonplace Coffee Inc. TJ has been a tremendous advocate for Lending Hearts in the community through the creation & sales of the “Lending Hearts Blend” coffee. Together, he and Jameson inspired the creation of Lending Hearts’ annual event, Steel City Sip & Sweets. With thanks to TJ, this event was the kick-off to Pittsburgh Specialty Coffee Week in October 2018. We are honored to present the 2019 Lending Hearts Ambassador Award to TJ Fairchild.

Save the Date
for the 2020 Gala

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Fairmont Pittsburgh

VIP Cocktails 5:30 PM
General Admission Cocktails 6:00 PM
Dinner/Program 7:00 PM


Honorary Chairman
Dr. Stanley M. Marks, MD

Mary Jo Capozzoli
Carol Ennulat
Maggie Maloney

2019 Lending Hearts Gala Sponsors

Platinum Ribbon Sponsor

Silver Ribbon Sponsors

Bronze Ribbon Sponsors

Eckert Seamans Infinity Homes
PNC Giant Eagle
Dr. Tim Davis Law Office of Mary Nell Cummings
Seattle Genetics