It is such a pleasure to write, for a change, about a program that brings joy and pride to Pittsburgh, the United States and the world. Most of the time I find myself writing about wars, starving migrants adrift at sea and other subjects of indignation or despair.
The program is the Heinz Family Foundation awards, presented this year by the foundation chairman, Teresa Heinz Kerry, in a ceremony at her home in Fox Chapel last Wednesday. And it honors the late Sen. H. John Heinz III, who died in a tragic airplane accident in 1991. The awards, presented since 1993, this year went to six individuals or teams and totaled $1.25 million.