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2021 CLASS Community Heroes Awards Dinner | Community Living & Support Services
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2021 CLASS Community Heroes Awards Dinner

The 2021 Community Heroes Awards Dinner will take place on Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at Rivers Casino. With the COVID-19 threat and the uncertainty surrounding the pandemic in 2020, we made the decision to postpone the Community Heroes Awards Dinner in order to maintain everyone's health and safety. We are looking forward to holding the event again and hope you will be able to join us in recognizing our 2021 Community Heroes.

Founded in 1951 as a small clinic for families, CLASS has grown to be a major human services provider in Western Pennsylvania and a strong national advocate for disability rights. Today, the agency serves more than 600 individuals, supporting their independence and community involvement.

All of the awardees who will be recognized at Community Living And Support Services (CLASS) 28th Annual Community Heroes Awards Dinner are advocates for inclusive, diverse communities, as demonstrated by their unwavering dedication to all members of the Pittsburgh community. This year’s event will recognize community heroes who have committed to strengthening the community as champions of their causes. They have worked to ensure that all people, regardless of race, gender, ability, or affiliation - can participate in their communities- before, during, and after the pandemic. It is not just their work or their organizations that we are celebrating; it is the inclusive communities they have supported during one of our generation’s most challenging times. This year’s honorees are:
  • 412 Food Rescue
  • APALA (Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance) Pittsburgh
  • Casa San José
  • CLASS Frontline Heroes

Schedule of Events:

  • Reception - 5:30 p.m. (cash bar)
  • Silent Auction - 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Dinner - 7:00 p.m.
  • Awards - 7:45 p.m.
  • Conclusion - 9:00 p.m.

Supporters of the Community Heroes Awards Dinner will allow CLASS to honor these individuals and continue to support over 600 adults of all abilities and older adults throughout southwestern Pennsylvania. CLASS believes that all people, regardless of ability, have an active role to play in their communities.This event helps support the mission of CLASS and provides much-deserved recognition of people we serve, community leaders, staff, and donors. This event may experience changes due to guidance from the CDC.

For information about the Awards Dinner or any of our special events, contact Shannon McCarty, at 412.683.7100 x2158 or