Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Fact Sheet for Our Celebrity Huggers!

Fact Sheet for Our Celebrity Huggers! 

It all started with the 2-14-12 Proclamation by Pittsburgh City Council Members, declaring 9-6-12 as Hug-A-Thon Pittsburgh Day™.

As the Olympics closed out, Hug-A-Thon Pittsburgh had their own Olympic type event. They attempted and succeeded in setting a world record for the Largest Hug Under a Tent.
This is recorded at:

The feat was accepted at, the online record setter recorder. 73 people joined in the hug, from ages 4 to 74. Quite an accomplishment for the first year!

The charities benefiting from this year’s Hug-A-Thon are: Cancer Caring Center, Sickle Cell Foundation, Operation Troop Appreciation, and Passion for Life Foundation.

The main event will take place on September 6th at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh, in the heart of Downtown (One Bigelow Square) VIP Reception at 5:30 PM Gala from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm. This is a casual gala with dinner, entertainment, a silent auction, and of course hugging, and hopefully a lot of donations for these worthy charities.

Current celebrity huggers include: J. T. Thomas, Hall of Fame Steeler; City Councilman, Bill Peduto; Varol Ablak, CEO and President, Vocelli Pizza; Joanne Quinn Smith, Techno Granny;
Veronica Burress, Pittsburgh Passion OL/DL; Melissa Gasdick, Pittsburgh Passion DB; Tammy Spencer, Pittsburgh Passion WR; Becky Auer, 6.5 Million Dollar Woman; Joe Hladiuk, Macy’s General Manager; Jessica Lee, Entrepreneurial Thursdays; Kelli Robbins, Contact One Communications; Sergeant Matthew Claycombe, US National Guard.

Vendors displaying at the Gala include: American Income Life Insurance, MBK Photography, Cancer Caring Center, Sickle Cell Society, Inc., Operation Troop Appreciation, Passion for Life Foundation, Kara Vita, Jewelry Art by Amelia, and Body Beautiful Laser Medi Spa. Some vendor spots available.

Free Hugging will be downtown during the day: City County Building, (2:30 pm to 3:15 pm) Under Macy’s Clock (3:00 pm to 4:00 pm) and Katz Plaza (4 pm to 5:30 pm) Donations accepted at Katz Only.

Founding Sponsor for Event is: and Supporting Sponsor, Building Bridges for Business

Visit for updates and information leading up to the event.

Tickets for the Event will be $55.00 and there will be a silent auction which has already started online. Tickets may be purchased at:

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