PITTSBURGH — September 10, 2015 —The Mario Lemieux Foundation is pleased to announce a $1M gift today as an extension of our existing commitment to The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh & Lemieux Family Center.  A generous portion of this gift will be allocated towards The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh & Lemieux Family Center’s “We’re Growing Up” Capital Campaign which supports a facility expansion project and opening of two new units at their Pediatric Specialty Hospital.

Additionally, this gift created a new Lemieux Family Lounge space in one of the newly constructed units, as well as a comprehensive renovation of the existing Lemieux Family Center.  Austin’s Playroom, located in the center of the Lemieux Family Center, also received several updates.  These renovations and commitment to the facility are all in the name of serving patients and families in need in our community.

“The Children’s Home is committed to meeting the needs of our community,” said Pam Schanwald, CEO of The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh & Lemieux Family Center. “This expansion allows The Children’s Home to increase its ability to serve a greater number of children and families with specialized pediatric medical care.”

With $7 Million already raised for this necessary expansion, The Children’s Home & Lemieux Family Center is looking to the community for their support, to raise the remaining $1.5 Million to ensure that the two new units of the Pediatric Specialty Hospital can be fully staffed and equipped. The Children’s Home & Lemieux Family Center is growing up to fulfill its mission to promote the health and well-being of infants and children, while strengthening families.

About The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh & Lemieux Family Center

The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh, established in 1893, is an independent, non-profit licensed organization that promotes the health and well-being of infants and children through services which establish and strengthen the family. These programs include: Adoption – providing domestic infant adoption, SWAN permanency services, and a range of support services, Child’s Way® — a pediatric extended care center serving medically fragile infants and children from birth to age 21, and a 30-bed Pediatric Specialty Hospital —  offering a transitional setting between hospital and home for infants, children, and their families. For more information, please call 412-441-4884 or visit www.childrenshomepgh.org.