Irene's Dream Luncheon


Carmen Anderson, Honorary Chair with Board President Melanie Gefert


LaShesia Holliday, IOB Grant Award Recipient

Irene’s Dream Luncheon & Boutique Shopping is a celebratory luncheon that provides an uplifting opportunity to hear triumphant stories of single minority mothers, who may ordinarily have “fallen through the cracks." They have overcome obstacles and reached potentials that would not have been achievable without a helping hand.

Carmen Anderson, Vice President for Equity and Learning for The Heinz Endowments served as honorary chair, welcoming close 200 women to the 16th annual Irene‘s Dream Luncheon at the Sheraton Station Square on April 13. Guests celebrated achievements of women supporting women through volunteer efforts and achievement of goals despite adverse conditions. Rita Deluzio was awarded the IOB volunteer award and LaShesia Holliday received the IOB grantee award. In addition, participants enjoyed the opportunity to shop at fifteen women owned local boutiques. Our generous corporate sponsors, table sponsors and donors all contributed in making the 2024 luncheon a special day in celebration of women whose stories we may not know, but whose journeys we honor and champion.

This year's coporate sponsors:


Propulsion Squared

The Heinz Endowments

Wolfe Companies



Birmingham Foundation

Leading to Movement, Inc.


Brashear Association

Catapult Greater Pittsburgh

Denny Civic Solutions

Eat’n Park

Michelle Figlar & Greg Quinlan

Pittsburgh Scholar House

Trying Together

UPMC Health Plan

Please plan on joining us next year at the Double Tree Hotel - Greentree on

Saturday, April 26, 2025.

Pictures from 2024 Luncheon


Rita Deluzio, IOB Support Award Recipient and Melanie Gefert


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