SH Treasure Awards

The Treasure Awards were created to recognize our neighborhood Treasures, the people and places that make Squirrel Hill a great place to live, work and do business. The Squirrel Hill Treasure Dinner has become an annual celebration and fundraiser for the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition. In 2022 we will honor three individuals who have made a great impact on Squirrel Hill and the city at large. This year we are also celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition! Since 1972 SHUC has been connecting, advocating, facilitating and representing our entire community. Please join us this fall for a celebration to remember!

2022 Treasures

Carol Brown, first president of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

Carol Brown has spent a lifetime championing the arts, the community and the City of Pittsburgh. She served as president of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust from 1986 to 2001. During that time Carol contributed to the cultural and economic revitalization of downtown Pittsburgh and the surrounding region through many initiatives including most notably the development of a fourteen-block arts and entertainment center in downtown Pittsburgh- the Cultural District.

Dr. Harry Clark, founding principal of CAPA

Dr. Harry Clark is a retired Pittsburgh Public Schools administrator and the founding principal of Pittsburgh High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, the first public arts high school in western Pennsylvania. Dr. Clark has advocated for education, the arts (especially music and film), and urban communities as a civic leader in Pittsburgh and an advisor to communities and organizations across the US.

Mildred Miller Posvar, founder of the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh

Mildred Miller Posvar, known as Millie by her friends and family, was a performing mezzo soprano for 23 consecutive seasons at the Metropolitan Opera. Ms. Posvar has appeared with every major opera company in the United States and the leading houses in Europe, and toured the world as an acclaimed recitalist. Millie also founded the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, now known as the Pittsburgh Festival Opera.

Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition, serving the Squirrel Hill community since 1972.

The Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition is celebrating fifty years of serving the community. Supported by hundreds of volunteers over the years, SHUC is a catalyst for community development, community improvement, community dialogue, promotion of safe and strong schools and the diversity of the cultural character of our neighborhood.

Beginning in 1972 with an initiative to widen the sidewalks and bury the utility wires on Forbes Avenue, SHUC has continued to seek government and private sector grants and community support to make improvements that enhance our quality of life. We also celebrate our cultural diversity and feature individuals and businesses that have a positive impact on our neighborhood.

2022 Treasure Dinner Details
This year’s Treasure Awards Dinner will be held on Thursday, November 10th at the Pittsburgh Golf Club from 6-8pm. Tickets are $115 per person.

Purchase Raffle Tickets
Support SHUC’s 50th Anniversary and enter for a chance to win prizes by purchasing raffle tickets! Prizes include: one-year passes to the Manor Theater, tickets to a Penguins game, a wine variety gift basket, merchant gift cards, and more!

We couldn’t host our annual Treasure Dinner without the support from our generous sponsors. Thank you to our 2022 Treasure Dinner sponsors!

Sponsorship Levels 

$5,000 Platinum Sponsor

• Name will be included in all print materials, including invitations, the dinner program book, signage at the dinner, and press releases  
• Ad in the program in advance of the film
• Sponsor will be credited in the Treasure Film to be shown at the dinner 
• A company profile will appear in the Squirrel Hill Magazine
• Six tickets to the dinner
• A reserved table at the dinner

$2,500 Gold Sponsor 

• Credit in all printed materials including invitations, the dinner program, signage at the dinner and press releases
• Sponsor will be credited in the Treasure Film to be shown at the dinner
• Four tickets to the dinner
• A reserved table at the dinner

$1,000 Silver Sponsor 

• Credit in all printed materials including invitations, the dinner program , signage at the dinner and press releases
• Ad in the program in advance of the film
• Two tickets to the dinner
• Credit in the Treasure Film

Thank you to everyone who helped make our 2021 Treasure Dinner a successful and fun event! See photos of the event below:

2021 Treasure Dinner Video

2020 Treasure Dinner Video


2022 Treasures: Carol Brown, Dr. Harry Clark, Mildred Miller Posvar, Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition

2021 Treasures: Nancy Polinsky Johnson, Brian Lee, Kiya Tomlin, Wightman Park

2020 Treasures: Norraset “Nor” Nareedokmai, Jasmine Cho, Barbara Burstin, First Tee/ Arnold Palmer Learning Center
2019 Treasures: The Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh, Michael Ehrmann, Sunburst School of Music, Our valiant City of Pittsburgh First Responders
2018 Treasures: Natalie Kaplan, The Pittsburgh Chinese School, National Council of Jewish Women Pittsburgh, Littles Shoes
2017 Treasures: E.J. Strassberger, Maria Caruso, John Katz, The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh
2016 Treasures: The Friendship Circle, Classic Lines, Books and more, Pittsburgh Citiparks, Community Day School
2015 Treasures: Bill Isler, David Stock, Mike Chen, Taylor Allderdice High School
2014 Treasures: Pamela’s Diner, The Hebrew Free Loan Association, The Honorable William Peduto, The Homewood Cemetery
2013 Treasures: Rabbi James A. Gibson, Karla Boos, Wendell G. Freeland, Esquire, Squirrel Hill Post Office WPA era mural
2012 Treasures: Deborah R. Fidel, Esquire, Robert Qualters, The Manor Theatre, Holly McCullough and the Staff of the Squirrel Hill Branch of the Carnegie Library Pittsburgh
2011 Treasures: The Corner of Murray and Forbes, Deborah Acklin, Robert Levin, and The Honorable Sophie Masloff

about SHUC

Preserving, Improving, and Celebrating the Quality of Life in Squirrel Hill

For forty-nine years, the Coalition has been an active and important link in the community. It has served as a sounding board for new ideas, as well as a “watchdog” in the areas of public safety, education, residential quality, the business district, and parks and open space. With its focus on the quality of life in the 14th Ward, SHUC continues to monitor activities and future developments in the community through a range of standing committees.


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