PITTSBURGH, PA, November 30, 2012 – Nathalie Lemieux of Sewickley, Pa., has been elected to the board of the CARNEGIE HERO FUND COMMISSION. A private operating foundation established by Andrew Carnegie in 1904, the Commission awards the CARNEGIE MEDAL to persons throughout the United States and Canada to recognize outstanding acts of civilian heroism.

In announcing her election, Commission President Mark Laskow said that Lemieux would serve on the organization’s Executive Committee, which is the Hero Fund’s awarding body.

Lemieux, whose husband Mario is an NHL Hall-of-Famer and owner of the Pittsburgh Penguins, is a native of Ville LaSalle, Que. She is vice president of the Mario Lemieux Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for cancer research and patient care. Lemieux is also chair of Austin’s Playroom Project, a Lemieux Foundation initiative that creates playrooms for children and families in medical facilities. Since 2000, 27 playrooms have been established, including one in the Wounded Warrior Transition Unit at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.

Laskow cited Lemieux’s Canadian heritage and foundation experience as strengths in her election to the board, as the Commission since its inception has recognized civilian heroism in both Canada and the U.S.

In her spare time, Lemieux plays golf and paddleball, and she is an accomplished interior designer. She is to receive the 2012 Leadership Award from the American Society of Interior Designers, Pennsylvania West Chapter, on behalf of the Lemieux Foundation for playroom design.

 The Carnegie Hero Fund Commission, in its 109th year in 2012, has awarded the CARNEGIE MEDAL to 9,558 individuals who risked, or lost, their lives saving or attempting to save the lives of others. In addition, $34.7 million has been given in grants, scholarship aid, and continuing assistance to the awardees or their survivors. A comprehensive description of the Hero Fund can be found at www.carnegiehero.org