Western Pennsylvania ConservancyWater, Land, Life

December 2015

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TreeVitalize Pittsburgh Plants Its 25,000th Tree

25,000th tree plantingTroy Hill, known for having one of the steepest streets in Pittsburgh, is now home to the 25,000th tree planted in Allegheny County since 2008 by TreeVitalize Pittsburgh. Volunteers, funders and partners attended a special celebration on Nov. 13 and dedicated the ceremonial tree. TreeVitalize Pittsburgh is a joint effort of public and nonprofit partners led by WPC to increase the city’s tree cover and species biodiversity, improve air quality and enhance the region’s quality of life. View photos from the milestone planting on Facebook.

Give Back On #GivingTuesday, Dec. 1

Giving TuesdayIn this season of giving thanks, please consider the many ways you can give back and help improve our region’s water, land and life by supporting the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. There are many ways to give, including #GivingTuesday – a global day dedicated to giving back and supporting nonprofits. Join your friends and neighbors on Tuesday, Dec. 1, and throughout the month of December, to support WPC. Visit our website to make a #GivingTuesday donation online, or call 412-586-2340 to donate over the phone.

Local Effort Honors Sister’s Memory

Community garden in Hermitage, Pa.When Michael Pivarnik’s younger sister, Marla, unexpectedly passed away in 2013, he knew he wanted to do something to honor his sister’s life. Known for being fearless and creative, Marla was a vigorous supporter of the environment and felt strongly about land protection. Michael’s goal was clear: to raise money to benefit WPC in memory of Marla. Learn more about Michael’s journey and how he raised more than $7,000 to sponsor a community garden in Hermitage, Pa. for his sister.

Our Shared Legacy: Donald Hamer’s Story

Donald Hamer

Donald Hamer moved to State College, Pa. in the 1960s. In his nearly 55 years of living there, he has made a significant impact on the region that will last for generations. Hamer’s dedication and foresight led him to make the largest outright individual gift commitment in the Conservancy’s history through the Our Shared Legacy campaign. His donation will be used to conserve land, with a focus on the State College area. You can read more about Donald Hamer’s story on our website.
Unique Gift and Giving Options for this Holiday Season

Giving options for the holidaysLooking for a unique holiday gift? Consider a gift membership to WPC for just $30, or a Friends of Fallingwater membership at $125. Or, honor your loved one and symbolically “plant” a tree in the Pittsburgh area with a contribution of $200 or more to TreeVitalize Pittsburgh. You can also “gift flowers” and your support helps our 130 flower gardens in the region. Browse WPC’s Giving Guide or online store today for more ideas on unique and meaningful holiday gifts.

Now is the Time to Purchase the 2016 Fallingwater Calendar

2016 Fallingwater CalendarThe 2016 Fallingwater Calendar makes the perfect holiday gift for any Frank Lloyd Wright fan! Featuring the chairs of Fallingwater, this limited edition calendar walks you through Fallingwater’s rooms and chair collections each month, highlighting a story about each chair’s designer and origin. You can purchase the 2016 calendar online today.

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