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Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Starts New Life-Size Holiday Tradition That Looks Good Enough to Eat

Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, The Dick Corporation, LD Astorio Companies and The Hillman Company Help to Create a Sweet Tradition for Seasonal Giving

What started out as a simple idea at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh has turned into a Gingerbread House so large, four flat bed trucks will be needed to deliver it to Pittsburgh this Saturday, Dec. 14.

The new fairy-tale Children’s Gingerbread House is 10 feet deep, 20 feet wide and more than 20 feet high - 26 feet if you count the candle on top and is designed to serve as a new holiday tradition. The Gingerbread House will be delivered to PPG Saturday morning (see below for route) complete with colored candy-can corners, marshmallow chimney, basketball-sized gumdrops and other delightful candies, the nearly life-size gingerbread house is sure to become a fast favorite for young and old.

Of the many partners in the project, LD Astorino Companies donated the design of the house and The Dick Corporation agreed to build it.

This grandiose project even brought in a master from Las Vegas, who has created fun sculptures for Disney and Universal Studios, to lead plasterers who are specialized in sculpting treat like licorice twists, nonpareils, pretzels and Gummi Bears.

“This is such a fun and wonderful treat that families can look forward to for years to come,” said Pat Siger, chief development officer at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation. “We knew this was going to be big, but we never anticipated something so large and so wonderful.”

The new house will host the KDKA Radio broadcasts and other seasonal giving to the hospital. It will serve as the central location for donations to the hospital’s Free Care Fund, which ensures that children can receive medical care from one of the nation’s top pediatric hospitals and research institutions regardless of their families’ ability to pay. Children’s Hospital provided more than $20 million in free care this past fiscal year alone.

An extra tasty treat included in the festivities includes a “real gingerbread house” competition.

Hotels in and around Pittsburgh have created edible gingerbread houses of their own. These houses will be on display starting Dec. 16 in a Two PPG Place storefront window and on the Children’s Web site at Celebrity judges will name the winning houses on Dec. 23 in five categories: Most Architecturally Delightful, Best Engineered, The Front Porch Award, The Highest Resale Value and the House That Makes You Smile.

The house will be put together and unveiled at a special ribbon-cutting ceremony at 8 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 16. Santa Claus is expected to be there. For more details call 412-692-5016.

Truck Route for the Gingerbread House Delivery:
The trucks loaded with the Gingerbread House will be leaving Dick Corporation’s main office on Route 51 south in Jefferson Borough at 7 a.m. The trucks will travel Route 51 North, through the Liberty Tunnels, across the Liberty Bridge, taking the first exit which is the Blvd. of the Allies. The tucks will then turn left onto the Boulevard of the Allies and continue to make a right on Stanwix Street, and continue two blocks and will make a right onto Fourth Avenue. Fourth Avenue will be closed for the houses’ arrival.

Contributors and Donors of the Gingerbread House:

Dick Corporation
The Hillman Company
KDKA News Talk 1020
L.D. Astorino & Associates
Adams Petroleum Products Inc.
Century Steel
Cuttler Hammer
George M.Hall Lumber
Greater Pennsylvania Regional Council Of Carpenters
Grubb & Ellis
Harmar Contractors Equipment
Matthews International Corporation
Miller Electric Construction Inc.
National City Bank
Patrinos Painting
Pittsburgh Business Times
Plasterers Local Union No.31 & Jatc
Vector Security Systems
The Westin Convention Center Pittsburgh
Westmoreland Supply Company
Wyatt Inc.

Melanie Finnigan, 412-692-5016,
Marc Lukasiak, 412-692-5016,

Last Update
February 20, 2008
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Last Update
February 20, 2008