Online Auction to Benefit Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh

dscn6249Looking for an unusual graduation or wedding gift for someone and a great bargain for yourself? Then you won’t want to miss the Pittsburgh Mercy Health System Online Auction, June 1-16, 2013.

Pittsburgh Mercy Health System (PMHS) will auction a number of fun and unique items to benefit Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh, a PMHS arts-in-education program whose mission is to build social awareness, confidence, and self-esteem in children through the art and practice of ballroom dance. The program has benefited more than 2,000 children in Pittsburgh Public and Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh elementary schools since 2009. The public’s support of the auction will help bring this important program to even more children and schools in our community.

The items that will be up for bid during the June auction are available for viewing now at http://biddingforgood.com/pmhsauction. Bids may be placed beginning Saturday, June 1, 2013 at 9 a.m. through Sunday, June 16 at 9 p.m. Bid on Pittsburgh Pirates Lexus Club tickets for the baseball fan in your life, a $100 Pampered Chef gift certificate for the bride and groom, or passes to the Carnegie Science Center to keep the kids busy this summer. Relax while watching a Washington Wild Things baseball game, or take the family to visit the baby gorilla at the impressive Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium.

For those who enjoy the greens, place a bid on 18 holes at Glengarry Golf Links located in the beautiful rolling hills of Latrobe, Pa., or bid on an autographed copy of “Arnold Palmer: Memories, Stories, and Memorabilia”.

It’s easy to register and to place bids, so bid early and often. Every bid gets Pittsburgh Mercy Health System closer to its goal. To register, visithttp://biddingforgood.com/pmhsauction.

For more information, or to donate an item to Pittsburgh Mercy Health System’s Online Auction, contact Lorry Perkins, director of corporate relations, PMHS Development, at 724.934.3538 or email LPerkins@mercy.pmhs.org.

To learn more about Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh, visit our blog, www.dancingclassroomspgh.org.

About Pittsburgh Mercy Health System

Pittsburgh Mercy Health System (PMHS), part of Catholic Health East and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, is one of the region’s largest health and social service nonprofits and also one of its largest employers. PMHS includes A Child’s Place at Mercy, McAuley Ministries, Mercy Behavioral Health, Mercy Community Health, Mercy Intellectual Disabilities Services, Mercy Parish Nurse and Health Ministry Program, Operation Safety Net®, and Pittsburgh Mercy Family Health Center. Together, these PMHS programs and their 1,700 employees serve more than 26,000 individuals annually at 60+ locations in Southwestern Pennsylvania. To learn more about PMHS, or to make a donation in support of its important work in the community, visit www.pmhs.org.

About Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Mercy Health System (PMHS) introduced Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh to 300 fifth-grade children in six Pittsburgh Public Schools in September 2009. Since then, more than 2,000 children in the Pittsburgh Public Schools and the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh have benefited from the renowned arts-in-education program. Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh is as much about life as it is about dance. Students learn not only the fundamentals of ballrooms dance, but also learning readiness, team building, cooperation, self-confidence, problem solving, creative thinking, resiliency in the face of challenge, professional courtesy, appreciation for other cultures, and other valuable life lessons. Teachers and principals in participating Pittsburgh schools have noted decreases in behavior management problems, increases in parental involvement, and positive impacts on academics, school climate, and in the way the students treat one another. For more information about Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh, visit our blog, www.dancingclassroomspgh.org.