Shake Your Groovy Booties With Dancing Queen at the Children’s Home & Lemieux Family Center’s Gala This April

Updated on February 11, 2023

The Children’s Home & Lemieux Family Center is hosting their annual Shake Your Booties Gala, at Acrisure Stadium. The Children’s Home is encouraging guests to “get down” with this year’s theme, “Shake Your Groovy Booties”. It will take place on Saturday April 22, from 6 – 11 p.m. The event promises to be “far out” with entertainment from the band Dancing Queen and emcee, Aditi Kinkhabwala. 

The Children’s Home & Lemieux Family Center’s mission is to work to promote the health and well-being of infants and children through services which establish and strengthen the family through all four programs: Adoption, Child’s Way®, Pediatric VIEW, and the Pediatric Specialty Hospital. This year’s Shake Your Groovy Booties aims to raise funds to support the children and families it serves through all of its programs.

This year you can groove to your favorite tunes with Dancing Queen. Dancing Queen is Pittsburgh’s hottest Disco, Funk and Dance band. Dancing Queen hit the Pittsburgh dance scene in January 1999. Covering the best of the 70s and 80s, this band has the look, attitude and excitement to keep audiences boogying all night. They will turn back time to the 70s and early 80s. With Dancing Queen as the entertainment for The Children’s Home’s annual Shake Your Booties Gala, this event promises to be the party of the season while supporting deserving children and families at The Children’s Home.

The emcee this year is CBS sports reporter, Aditi Kinkhabwala. Before her career as a CBS sports reporter, Aditi worked as a reporter for the NFL network and before that was a reporter for the Wall Street Journal covering the New York Giants. As both a resident of the Pittsburgh area and a mother of two herself, Aditi quickly developed an interest in the mission of The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh.

This year also marks 30 years for The Children’s Home’s CEO, Pamela Keen. Celebrating this milestone, Pam is encouraging supporters to join her in the opportunity to sponsor this incredible event where The Children’s Home will be honoring Community partners, Jameson’s Army and Zachary’s Mission. The event features a live auction for in-person attendees and an online auction open to the public and accessible for supporters near and far. Shake Your Groovy Booties will also have a special “Fund the Mission” component, where supporters can bid to fund services that directly impact kids in The Children’s Home’s programs. All event proceeds will help promote pediatric health and well-being through services that establish and strengthen the family.

Shake Your Groovy Booties is being chaired by Julia Taylor, who provides tremendous support for the event and has been an advocate for The Children’s Home for numerous years. She is the Senior National Account Manager at Choboni. She is a results driven sales and marketing professional within consumer packaged goods and foodservice. Julia is accomplished in areas of high caliber relationship building at all levels, consultative selling and strategy development. Her experience and drive has been an essential asset to this year’s planning efforts. She has spearheaded works to make this gala memorable. Along with the Shake Your Booties planning committee, she has encouraged volunteer participation, secured sponsorships, and designed plans to construct an event to engage and excite guests.

Please join The Children’s Home at Acrisure Stadium on April 22nd and “get down for a great cause.” Tickets start at $200.  For details and ticket info, visit

Founded in 1893, The Children’s Home & Lemieux Family Center has grown to four programs: Adoption, Child’s Way, Pediatric VIEW and Pediatric Specialty Hospital. Adoption places infants in permanent homes, provides services to older children in the state’s foster care system and provides an array of counseling services. Child’s Way combines education with nursing care for medically fragile children in a daycare setting. Pediatric VIEW cares for children with cortical visual impairment and offers early intervention services and school services to provide support for children with CVI. The Pediatric Specialty Hospital provides a safe transition for medically fragile children and offers families the option of on-site living throughout their child’s stay, free of charge. Learn more at

The Children’s Home – Shake Your Groovy Booties event is sponsored by Champion Sponsor, BNY Mellon.

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