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The Allegheny County Medical Society Foundation held its annual Gala fundraiser on Thursday, October 7, 2021. This virtual gala convened ACMS members and supporters to honor excellence among their peers and raise funds for a very special purpose: supporting the development of a comprehensive treatment and prevention program for children with asthma in the Mon Valley region of southwestern Pennsylvania. This asthma program will include the establishment of local asthma clinics.

Cameron Heyward, Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end and philanthropist, was the featured celebrity guest; Heyward spoke about his experiences as a child with asthma, its effects on his life today, and his humanitarian work. Deborah Gentile, MD, local pediatric allergy and asthma specialist, and her patients shared their experiences and describe the impact of asthma in their lives.

ACMSF also honored physicians and community leaders including its 50-year awardees, a distinguished group of physicians who have dedicated their lives to the practice of medicine. Physicians ranking as the best “40 Under 40” in 2020 and 2021 were honored as well.

The annual Gala brings us together as a community, even when a virtual gathering is necessary. 

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