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Riverside Design Group Creates New Plates with Purpose™ Designs Benefiting Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

Riverside Design Group has created its new Plates With Purpose™ designs, with 15 percent of all sales proceeds benefiting Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and the hospital’s most urgent needs.

Plates With Purpose™ is a partnership with non-profit organizations to create custom glassware that artistically reflects each organization’s mission and Riverside’s desire to give back to the community and create a more compassionate world.

Riverside’s own family connection to Children’s helped to pave the way for a Plates With Purpose™ partnership. The creative director was treated at the hospital during her youth.

Cassandra Ott designed each of the four plates, the first of the Plates With Purpose™ series to be created as a set. The symbols Ms. Ott chose – holly, fern, rosebud with leaves, and the oak tree with acorn – represent the seasons of winter, spring, summer and fall, respectively. Additionally, each of these healing botanicals bears inspirational properties such as courage, endurance, hope and strength.

“Since we began designing glassware, Riverside has looked for opportunities to give back to our community and the organizations that we believe in,” said Mary Irwin-Scott, president of Riverside Design Group. “We are excited to partner with this vital organization to help to make a difference in the lives of the children and families that they serve.”

About Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation
Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation is the sole fund-raising arm of Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. The Foundation exists to provide financial support for the hospital’s mission of excellence in patient care, teaching and research.

About Riverside Design Group
Riverside Design Group, based in Lawrenceville, offers a distinct collection of Earth-friendly tableware, serving pieces, and home accessories to inspire everyday life. Providing its functional glassware through retail and catalog outlets, Riverside designs are featured internationally in luxury hotels and resorts, as well as private label for some of America’s top designers and museums.

The 7” plates will be sold as a set of four for $100. You can view the plates at In order to receive the $100 price, download the order form here.


Marc Lukasiak, 412-692-7919 or 412-692-5016,
Melanie Finnigan, 412-692-5502 or 412-692-5016,

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