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Beginning in 2014, the Annual Volunteer of the Year award is named in honor of Albert Lexie, who was a shining example of selfless giving.
For more than 30 years, Albert shined shoes at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh and contributed all of his tips from customers, accepting only a few dollars per shoe shine. In this time, he raised more than $200,000 for the Free Care Fund to ensure that every child receives the medical care they need.
Each year, we honor a volunteer who exemplifies the dedication and devotion to the patients and families of UPMC Children's Hospital.
Beginning in 2013, the Volunteer Services Department has honored an organization that has been an instrumental part of the Hospital Volunteer Program at Children’s Hospital. This award recognizes an exemplary community partnership that has provided innovative projects and programs and whose members have contributed significant hours of service that have had a positive impact on the patients and families of Children’s Hospital.
View the complete list of recipients of our ongoing Key Contributors of the Month Award (PDF).
More than 110 volunteers attended a Dr. Seuss ‘Oh The Places You’ll Go” themed celebration in Rangos Conference Center.
It was a fun celebration that honored UPMC Children's volunteer contributions during the past year.
The festivities included:
In addition, the event featured music from Sonny Pugar Memorial, Inc.’s Music Smiles program featuring:
The 2017 edition of the Annual Volunteer Recognition Brunch was a big success. More than 100 volunteers in attendance for fun activities that included a photo booth, live music with Etta Cox, Bob Banajee and Jeff Lashway, a delicious catered brunch, special guests speakers — patients Jillian Bowman and Lauren Smakosz along with their parents, award presentations, special recognition for volunteers reaching milestones and more! In honoring the wishes of a long-time, dedicated volunteer Joyce Hallahan, who passed away in March — we celebrated simple acts of kindness!
It was Joyce's wish that her legacy be that each person provide another with a simple act of kindness. This year's Albert P. Lexie Volunteer of the Year was Greg Adametz. Greg has been a volunteer since 1992, devoting himself to many roles over the years, and currently comes on Wednesday and/or Thursday evenings as a floater, and has organized a Volunteer Team in Albert Lexie's honor (Albert's Army!) for the Walk for Children's. A former patient who spent many years at UPMC Children's prior to volunteering, Greg was very thrilled to receive this honor.
Also being honored were Dave and Marci Anderson, and the Golden Bone Pet Resort as the Community Partner of the Year (The Golden Bone Pet Resort).
In addition, long-time volunteer Tom "Wo"Wozar was this year's Art Bell Service Award recipient for most hours served in the past year (672 hours!) and office volunteer, Louise Lohman was honored as the May "Key Volunteer of the Month" recipient.
UPMC Children's Volunteer Services Department held its annual Volunteer Recognition event on Sunday, May 15 in Rangos Conference Center. Current volunteer Celina Pompeani served as the Master of Ceremonies for a program that honored numerous volunteers and featured an inspiring presentation from Junlei Li, Co-Director of Fred Rogers Center.
Read a complete recap of our annual Recognition Event (PDF).
On May 2, 2015, the Volunteer Services Department hosted its annual Recognition event in Rangos Conference Center as over 130 volunteers turned out for a fun brunch and festivities that included raffles, a photo booth, awards presentations and more!
Read a complete recap of our Annual Recognition Brunch – Volunteers Are Treasured (PDF).
He spent 30 years shining shoes -- and raised more than $200,000 for sick kids
Albert Lexie, hospital shoeshiner who donated tips to save children, dies at 76
TODAY Show (10/21/2018)
A Life of Service: Children's Hospital Shoe Shiner Dies at 76
Pittsburgh Magazine (10/18/2018)
Longtime Shoeshiner Who Donated $202K To Children's Hospital Of Pittsburgh Dies At 76
Shoe-shiner who gave $200K in tips to hospital dies at 76
Associated Press (10/17/2018)
Albert Lexie, UPMC Children’s Charitable Shoe Shiner, Passes At 76
KDKA Radio (10/16/2018)
Shoe-shiner who raised $202K for UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh dies at 76
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (10/16/2018)
Albert Lexie, the shoe-shiner who donated $200K to UPMC Children's Hospital, has died
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (10/16/2018)
Albert Lexie's shining generosity remembered
Washington Observer-Reporter (10/16/2018)
Beloved ‘shoeshine’ man Lexie dies
Mon Valley Independent (10/16/2018)
‘A True Legend’: Children’s Hospital Beloved ‘Shoeshine Man’ Dies At Age Of 76
Albert Lexie, longtime Children's Hospital shoe shiner beloved for his generosity, dies at 76
Beloved Children's Hospital shoe shiner dies at age 76
These Children’s Hospital Therapy Dogs Are Everything We Need In The World Right Now
Parents Magazine (9/10/2018)
Every Dog Has Its Day at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Healthy Me PA (4/24/2018)
Our friends from WPXI (Pittsburgh's NBC Affiliate - Channel 11) including longtime news anchor Peggy Finnegan aired a segment on the local news featuring the "Music Smiles" program that is spearheaded by volunteer Annie Pugar of the Sonny Pugar Memorial, Inc. which brings local musicians several times a month to play music at different hospitals around the area.
View the segment, which includes interviews with Annie, Sonny Pugar Memorial board member and famed local musician Joey Granati and Child Life Music Therapist, Nicole Steele.
One of our volunteers, Erika Strasburg, (here’s link to video with Erika visiting patient) who has a unique role here at UPMC Children’s, as she dresses up as a variety of princesses (a different one each visit), and regularly visits with patients. Erika has been a part of our volunteer team since October 2013.
View the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review feature "Ailing kids get boost from volunteer's hospital visits."
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review featured former Pitt wrestler and Children’s Hospital Volunteer, Dan Kornberg as he spreads positivity after beating Cancer.
(May 22, 2016)
To learn more about Volunteer Services at UPMC Children's, call 412-692-5185 or email email@example.com.
Learn more about all UPMC Volunteer Services »
Children's Hospital's main campus is located in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Our main hospital address is:
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
One Children’s Hospital Way
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
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