Regional Enterprise Tower | 425 Sixth Avenue, Suite 1100 | Pittsburgh, PA 15219-1811 | PH: 412.281.1890 | FAX: 412.471.2554 | www.PittsburghG20.org For Immediate Release Contact: Linda Topoleski September 23, 2009 412-389-0410 Linda.Topoleski@verizon.net Pittsburgh Welcomes World Leaders with Unique Gifts from the People of the Pittsburgh Region (Pittsburgh - September 23, 2009) The Pittsburgh G-20 Partnership will welcome world leaders visiting for the Pittsburgh Summit with a diverse array of locally crafted gifts - many of them hand-made. The gifts, announced today at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, represent the vitality of the Pittsburgh regional arts and cultural landscape and convey the key role it plays in our region's high quality of life. The unique items vary from: art glass in Pittsburgh's signature black and gold colors, custom-designed jewelry, and personalized Pittsburgh Penguins jerseys, to American Eagle Outfitters G-20 Tee shirts, CDs of local music legends and gourmet chocolate and biscotti.
The Pittsburgh Center for the Arts managed the assembly of the packages. In keeping with the region's reputation as a green leader, an emphasis was placed on the use of sustainable materials during the selection of the gift items as well as their packaging. Several local artists have contributed custom-made ... more. less.
the gifts to the collection .<br><br> Aileen Lampman created silver leaf necklaces with gold trim; Jeffrey Phelps crafted art glass plates; Jessica Rutherford designed glass cufflinks; Kathryn Stanko wove silver lace bracelets; and Little Earth Productions provided an eco-friendly CD case and metal bag. "While the focus this week has been on our dramatic economic and environmental transformation, we are also a region that boasts a vibrant, and world-class arts community," said Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato. "We are proud to share the diverse talents of the people in our region and offer unique and personal gifts to the world leaders who have traveled to Southwestern Pennsylvania for this historic event.<br><br> I want to thank everyone who took part in the creation and collection of these gifts." "Pittsburgh is known for so many firsts - in areas as diverse as life sciences and advanced manufacturing to world championship sports teams and a world-renowned symphony. With these distinct gifts, we are making sure that the essence of our top-notch arts and cultural community travels home to countries all over the globe. Few places have this depth and breadth of talent in one city and even fewer have the strong work ethic and level of commitment that our residents have," said City of Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl.<br><br> The Pittsburgh Center for the Arts (PCA) helped identify the local artists as well as assemble the gift packages. "These gift packages represent the vibrancy of the local art community and as one of the community's key arts organizations, the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts was pleased to play the role of connecting our region's premier artistic talent to world leaders visiting our region," said Charlie Humphrey, Executive Director of the Pittsburgh Regional Enterprise Tower | 425 Sixth Avenue, Suite 1100 | Pittsburgh, PA 15219-1811 | PH: 412.281.1890 | FAX: 412.471.2554 | www.PittsburghG20.org Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh Filmmakers and the Pittsburgh Glass Center. "It is our great pleasure to present this welcome gift from Pittsburgh made possible by individuals and organizations who have contributed their time and talent to welcome world leaders to our community.<br><br> We believe that it conveys our heritage in glass and metals, our stewardship of the environment, our belief in the importance of arts and culture, and our confidence in the future," said Bill Flanagan, President of the Pittsburgh G-20 Partnership. "Pittsburgh's rich cultural community is one of the main reasons people choose Pittsburgh as a tourism destination. Each year more people are discovering why our amenities attract close to 10 million visitors," said Joe McGrath, President & CEO of VisitPittsburgh.<br><br> View the complete gift list with descriptions and details. ## The Pittsburgh G-20 Partnership ( www.PittsburghG20.org ) is a public-private partnership of organizations throughout the Pittsburgh region that have come together to welcome the world to Pittsburgh during the G-20 Summit on September 24-25, 2009. Chaired by Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato and City of Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, the Partnership provides time, talent and resources to assure a welcoming, clean and green event and showcase Pittsburgh's economic, environmental and quality of life transformation.<br><br>