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MBC’s 50th Anniversary Celebration

GRAMMY® Award-winner Dee Dee Bridgewater performing a tribute to Manchester Bidwell Corporation in the
K. Leroy Irvis Concert Hall. Photograph by Jonathan Zito.

Nearly 300 guests started our 50th Anniversary Celebration in the concert hall hearing from our founder and executive chairman Bill Strickland, watching our short documentary, and enjoying a tribute from GRAMMY® Award-winner Dee Dee Bridgewater.

Guests signing the 50th Anniversary vase in the ceramics studio. Photograph by Jonathan Zito.

From there guests enjoyed cocktails and specialty cuisine curated by noted Pittsburgh chef and Bidwell Training Center alumna Kate Romane, witnessed demonstrations from former students in our art studios; explored our training center classrooms showcasing alumni accomplishments, and swung to live jazz throughout our building. The night ended with Mel Torme’s classic “A Christmas Song” performed by his son James Torme and MCG Jazz musicians.

Thank you to our sponsors PNC, UPMC, UPMC Health Plan, PJ Dick, CNX, The Bair Family Fund,Byham Charitable Foundation, Rackoff Family Fund, Schneider Downs, Chatham University, Community College of Allegheny County, Eckert Seamans, Enkompas Technology Solutions, Hefren-Tillotson, Huntington Bank, and Nicholas D. Varischetti for making the night possible.

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, Julie Strickland-Gillard, Mayor Bill Peduto, Bill Strickland, and State Sen. Jay Costa.