Thank you to everyone who donated to ACHIEVA's 2019 Online Day of Giving!
We raised over $15,000 and received the full $10,000 match.
We could not do what we do with you! Thank you!
If you missed your chance to give during our Day of Giving, you can still donate to the Cecil and David Rosenthal Memorial Fund here.
Watch this video to learn more about Chris Brown, the winner of the Cecil and David Rosenthal Memorial Fund Award
Like his roommates, Cecil and David, Chris Brown is outgoing and charismatic. Where Cecil had the nickname "The Mayor of Squirrel Hill," Chris could be considered "The Mayor of ACHIEVA." He's at the main office most days, always with a smile on his face, greeting and socializing with ACHIEVA Staff. Though Chris is mostly non-verbal, that doesn't stop him from communicating. When his ACHIEVA staff show up to his home, Chris has a pile of papers ready, filled with what he wants to do that day, where he wants to go, and what he wants to know. Chris likes sports, amusement parks, and travel. He has a love for people, a love of exploring, and lives life with a smile on his face. As the first award winner of the Cecil and David Rosenthal Memorial Fund grant, Chris will be traveling to Hershey Park and will be receiving an iPad to help him communicate easier.
THE CECIL AND DAVID ROSENTHAL MEMORIAL FUND
Last October, the city of Pittsburgh was struck with a horrific act of violence. As the world watched the fallout, 11 congregants of the Tree of Life Synagogue were killed, taken from their families and loved ones. Cecil and David Rosenthal, longtime recipients of ACHIEVA services, were among those that lost their lives in that senseless act. Out of that horrible tragedy, people from around the world decided to do something positive to offer their love and support, and in addition to countless notes of condolences and sympathy cards, ACHIEVA has received over $172,000 from over 900 individual donors in memory of Cecil and David.
The Rosenthal brothers were well known in Squirrel Hill. They embraced their community, and their community embraced them back - with open arms and love. With the example set by Cecil and David and contributions being made in their name, ACHIEVA created an award to be given out at ACHIEVA's Awards of Excellence ceremony. “The Cecil and David Rosenthal Community Award” will be given to a person with an intellectual or developmental disability who – by virtue of how they live their life – has embraced being a part of their community, and in return their community has embraced them. Cecil and David were honored posthumously as the recipients of the inaugural award on December 11, 2018 at ACHIEVA’s Awards of Excellence ceremony held at the Station Square Sheraton. In addition, the ACHIEVA Board of Trustees created a new fund in which all existing and future donations received in memory of Cecil and and David will be placed. The “Cecil and David Rosenthal Memorial Fund” will be used to support community engagement activities pursued by people with intellectual or developmental disabilities and to honor future recipients of the Cecil and David Rosenthal Community Award with a $1,000 gift.
Day of Giving
Thursday, October 24, 2019
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All proceeds benefit the Cecil and David Rosenthal Memorial Fund AND every dollar will be matched up to $10,000