Ollie Gratzinger | editor-in-chief
On Oct. 2, the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania will host renowned musician and philanthropist Peter Buffett at the Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland at 7 p.m. The event, “A Concert and Conversation with Peter Buffett,” will include a performance by the Emmy-winning musician, followed by a conversation about complex community issues. The evening will conclude with a dessert reception.
According to its website, the United Way “advances the common good in communities across the world.” The organization focuses on education, income and health, and aims to address life’s difficult questions.
“This thought-provoking event will cover a range of topics and encourage multi-generational conversations that inspire people to engage more deeply in ideas that can create lasting change,” said a spokesperson from the United Way in a statement.
United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania is an organization that focuses on finding the critical needs of a community and working to find solutions that solve those needs.
According to the United Way, this event will primarily focus on issues affecting girls and women, equity and justice — a topic which Buffett has addressed before.
Buffett, the son of business magnate Warren Buffett, is also the co-president — along with his wife, Jennifer — of the NoVo Foundation, which is “dedicated to eliminating hierarchy, violence and the subordination of girls and women.”
Buffett selected Pittsburgh as one of the stops on his limited tour “because of its innovation, growing market and national reputation for philanthropy and giving back to our communities,” according to the United Way.
The event is free and open to students; the United Way hopes to host more than 500 guests, including students from colleges and universities within the Greater Pittsburgh area.
The United Way also hopes that conversation will inspire unity among its attendees. According to their website, they work to find local leaders who can help to solve the problems facing a community.
“Like United Way’s role as a community [convener,] it is our hope that this event will bring together people from all walks of life — propelling the community to work together in ways to create solutions to the toughest problems.”