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Pittsburgh Sports, Art & Entertainment Champion Finalists

 

 

Patrice Matamoros

Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon

is the CEO of Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon, Inc. (P3R). She joined P3R in 2008 as the executive director and successfully helped re-launch the Pittsburgh Marathon after a 5-year hiatus. Since 2009, the event has continued to grow from an organization with no sponsors, no runners, no staff and no volunteers to an event that now supports 18 staff members, 4,000 volunteers and 30,000+ runners. Under Patrice’s leadership, P3R has expanded and organizes a year-round calendar of events, including the GNC Live Well Liberty Mile and the EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler. The organization also hosts several fitness activities and programs for the community, including Steel City Road Runners, the Kids of STEEL and the Run for a Reason charity program. Patrice was named the 2013 Sportswoman of the Year by Dapper Dan Charities of Pittsburgh for her extraordinary efforts of revamping and strengthening security at the 2013 Pittsburgh Marathon, which took place three weeks after the tragic bombing event at the Boston Marathon. Patrice also serves on the Board of Directors for Visit Pittsburgh. Patrice is a native of Montana, where she was 3-time State Champion in Cross Country and is a graduate of Old Dominion University. Prior to becoming a race director, she worked for a division of Ford Motor Company in national sales and devoted 10 years supporting charitable causes and fundraising through various events. She resides in Glenshaw, Pa. with her husband and three children.

 

 

Andy Russell

Liberty Tire / Andy Russell Foundation / Pittsburgh Steelers

is already known in Pittsburgh for playing an integral part of earning our city the “City of Champions” title. However, many people don’t know Andy’s dedication to philanthropy.  For over a decade, Andy has represented the Pittsburgh Steelers at the annual Super Bowl charity event called the Taste of the NFL where money is raised for food banks in each of the 32 NFL cities. Andy is responsible for raising money for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank through the helmet auction and has raised more money than any other team since its inception. Andy also founded the Andy Russell Charitable Foundation in 1999 to fund healthcare and human services with a concentration on children. Andy has received a variety of honors and recognition through his charitable endeavors in Pittsburgh. These include the following: 1989 Big Brothers and Sisters Man of the Year, 1985 Man of the Year for the Mel Blount Youth Home, Press Old Newsboy for 19 years – raised over $5 million dollars for the Russell Family Foundation, Children’s Hospital, UPMC children’s charities and cancer research, 1992 Bob Prince Award, 1992 Hance Award for St. Barnabas Foundation, 2001 Celebrity Roast Honoree for the Mel Blount Annual Dinner, 2002 Chairman of the American Heart Association Heart Ball, the 2005 Don Faurot Distinguished American Award, the 2005 Economics of Pennsylvania, Adam Smith Distinguished Leadership Award, 2005 Board of Directors for Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall, 2008 Myron Cope Legends in Sports Award and the 2008 Life’s Works Career Achievement Award. Andy Russell played his rookie year for the Pittsburgh Steelers as a linebacker in 1963. During 1964 to 1965, Andy was deployed to Germany to serve in the Army as a Lieutenant. He returned to play for the Steelers from 1966 to 1976 and during that time earned two Super Bowl Champion rings- among other prestigious awards and recognitions for his athleticism. Lastly, Andy has written and published three books: Beyond the Goalpost, A Steelers Odyssey and An Odd Steelers Journey.

 

 

Mike Gable, Executive Director

Construction Junction

has always been concerned about the environment. Mike is the founding director of Construction Junction, a nonprofit that promotes conservation through the reuse of building materials. CJ’s 30 employees and Goodwill Job Trainees strive to keep usable building materials out of the landfill and provide them to the community through its 100,000 square foot retail warehouse in North Point Breeze. CJ operations are supported through its retail floor sales, but to support its community programs and special projects, Mike launched a fundraising event that has now become one of the largest in the city. The Steel City Big Pour, in its ninth year, regularly sells out over 2000 general admission tickets within minutes! From the unique warehouse ambiance, to the live music and art, to the wide selection of local craft beers and food from the finest area restaurants, it's easy to see why the Big Pour draws such a large crowd and has raised $1,489,000 for CJ since its inaugural year. The event has helped catalyze overall CJ revenue growth by 128% since 2007!

 

 

Joe Negri

Duquesne University / Carnegie Mellon University / University of Pittsburgh

is one of the most recognized names in Pittsburgh music circles and is quite possibly one of the finest jazz guitarists in the country. He was a musical prodigy at age four and was touring nationally by the age of sixteen.  He has performed with such diverse performers as Johnny Mathis, Tony Bennett, Andy Williams, Eartha Kitt, Johnny Costa, Yo Yo Ma, and Wynton, Brandord, and Ellis Marsalis. Joe’s career has spanned several decades and he has performed in every aspect of the music business.  He appears frequently as a guest with the Pittsburgh Symphony and the Pittsburgh Symphony Pops with Marvin Hamlish.  He is also featured on the PSO’s “Cinema Serenade” recording with Itzhak Perlman and John Williams.  Joe served as “musical director” at WTAE-TV (the ABC affiliate in Pittsburgh) for more than 20 years. While at WTAE he produced and performed on several award-winning television programs, and he frequently appeared as “Handyman Negri” on PBS’ Mister Rogers Neighborhood, which provided Negri with nationwide television exposure. He has been a “key” performer on that show from its inception. Mr. Negri has also distinguished himself as a composer. His composition “The Crossing” was premiered by The River City Brass Band and his jazz choral work “The Mass of Hope”  has received critical and artistic acclaim. Joe continues to lead a very active life as a musician, with several CDs to his credit. They include: “Mass of  Hope “ and a Brazilian jazz CD titled  “Afternoon in Rio”.  In 2007 he added a holiday CD  “ Guitars for Christmas “ and his latest studio venture  “Uptown Elegance”  is now available both locally and nationally.  Joe continues to be active in the studio. He has recorded with singer Michael Feinstein and is currently in the studio working on his own recording project.  He also  shares his knowledge and experience of  jazz guitar through his teaching at the University of Pittsburgh, Duquesne University, and his alma mater, Carnegie Mellon University. Joe has received numerous award and honors. Most recently these include: “Established Artist of the Year” (1999) by the The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, the Mellon Jazz Community Award (2000), and the coveted “Elsie Award” (2004). Duquesne University recently presented Joe with an Honorary Doctorate in Music that he really cherishes. Joe continues to live in his favorite city, Pittsburgh, with his wife Joni. They have three daughters and three granddaughters.