Roots society

A tree stands tall because its roots are deep.

Membership in this important group of park supporters is as vital to the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy’s existence as the life-giving roots of your favorite park tree.

Members of The Roots contribute an annual unrestricted gift to the Parks Conservancy of $1,996 or more, in honor of the year the organization was founded by concerned citizens like you. This generous support for Pittsburgh’s parks is the foundation upon which all our work is made possible. The Roots Society covers vital park planning, maintenance, community engagement and fundraising efforts for the Conservancy. Membership comes with tremendous benefits including behind-the-scenes tours, exclusive event invitations and donor acknowledgement listings.

Imagine Pittsburgh’s Parks without the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy – thanks to the dedication of these donors you don’t have to.

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CROWN SUPPORT $15,000+

  • Private guided tour in the park of your choice with Parks Conservancy staff and 10 family members or friends
  • Upgraded 2023 PNC Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy Spring Hat Luncheon benefits package
  • Exclusive invitation to a private cocktail reception with President & CEO Catherine Qureshi
  • Invitation to Roots Giving Society nature series which will feature an in-depth look at our parks
  • Name or logo on the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy Roots Giving Society website
  • Name or logo in the PNC Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy Spring Hat Luncheon program
  • Name or logo in an issue of our donor newsletter
  • One discounted rental per year
  • 2023 Roots Giving Society “membership card” which grants you access to the following perks:
    • Exclusive discounts in Schenley Plaza including The Porch and other vendors
    • 10% off Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy swag
    • Five free rides on the PNC Carousel

BOUGH SUPPORT $5,000 - $14,999

  • Upgraded 2023 PNC Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy Spring Hat Luncheon benefits package
  • Exclusive invitation to a private cocktail reception with President & CEO Catherine Qureshi
  • Invitation to Roots Giving Society nature series which will feature an in-depth look at our parks
  • Name or logo on the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy Roots Giving Society website
  • Name or logo in the PNC Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy Spring Hat Luncheon program
  • Name or logo in an issue of our donor newsletter
  • 2023 Roots Giving Society “membership card” which grants you access to the following perks:
    • Exclusive discounts in Schenley Plaza including The Porch and other vendors
    • 10% off Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy swag
    • Five free rides on the PNC Carousel

FOLIAGE SUPPORT $1,996 - $4,999

  • Upgraded 2023 PNC Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy Spring Hat Luncheon benefits package
  • Exclusive invitation to a private cocktail reception with President & CEO Catherine Qureshi
  • Invitation to Roots Giving Society nature series which will feature an in-depth look at our parks
  • Name or logo in the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy Roots Giving Society website
  • Name or logo in the PNC Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy Spring Hat Luncheon program
  • Name or logo in an issue of our donor newsletter

The roots giving society members

Honorary Chairs: Meg and George Cheever

Crown Supporters

Ritchie Battle · William & Vivian Benter · Chip Burke and Carole King · Susie & Roy Dorrance · Audrey Hillman Fisher · The Akers Gerber Family · Robert Levin & Kerry Bron · Mike & Ramsey Lyons · Lea Simonds · Jim Spencer & Michael Lin · Patricia D. & John A. Staley IV · Nick & Kristin Varischetti

Bough Supporters

David & Wendy Barensfeld · Dan & Debby Booker · Jack & Joan Diederich · Michael & Susanna Finke · Mary Louise & Henry J. Gailliot · Robert M. Hernandez & Karen L. Blumen · David & Lilla Hillman · David and Mary Koes · Katie & David McSorley · Sandy & Gene O'Sullivan · Bill & Helana Pietragallo · Marguerite Standish · J. Preston Levis Charitable Foundation

Foliage Supporters

Alan & Barbara Ackerman · Alicia Avery & Virgil Gligor · Nicolle & James Bagnell · Cynthia A. Bognar · LaQuatra Bonci Associates · Ann and Paul Bridges · Maris & Robert Dauer · Linda B. Burke · Susan Fisher · Dawn and Chris Fleischner, The Fleischner Family Charitable Foundation · Abigail & Michael Foster · Matthew Gleason & Dr. Alayna Butcher · Patrick A. Gray · Ethel Olmsted Hansen · Marc E. Hoffman & Janis E. Reed Hoffman · Dan & Vicki Holthaus · Christopher Jordan-Squire · Pete Lehmann & Ann Valdes · Nancy Levine · Go Dog Go, LLC · Brian & Polly Mullins · Dr. Mildred S. Myers · Maurice & Nancy Nernberg · Teresa Pizzella & Jonathan Meck · Pamela E. Rollings · Daniel & Barbara Shapira · Gayle & Bill Simpson · Alexander C. Speyer III · Fred & Maryann Steward · Grace Tan & Lee Branstetter · Harry & Jane Thompson · Barbara & Bruce Wiegand · Mr. and Mrs. R. Dell Ziegler

The Roots Blend

for more information, please contact:

James Snow

Chief Administrative Officer

jsnow@pittsburghparks.org