The Power of One: A celebration of Andrew Carnegie and his 10,000 heroes

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Cocktail hour began at 6 p.m. in the balconies of the Carnegie Music Hall foyer before guests moved down to dinner on the ground floor. The four-hour event, held June 12, 2018, included speakers at dinner and a post-dinner program that included the unveiling of the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission’s Roll of Honor and the awarding of the Carnegie Medal to the Commission’s 10,000th and 10,001st awardees, Vickie Tillman and Jimmy Rhodes.

The evening’s Master of Ceremonies, Scott Simon, right, meets William Rackoff, left, while Carnegie Hero Fund Commission President Eric P. Zahren and Board Member Nancy L. Rackoff look on. Simon, hose of NPR’s Weekend Edition, said he was honored to be part of the event.



Carnegie Hero Fund Commission Chair Mark Laskow spoke about the impact of Andrew Carnegie on the world. “Andrew Carnegie was a man of big ideas, and lots of them,” he said speaking to a crowd of nearly 300 people at the June 12, 2018, event held in Pittsburgh.

The stage is set at the June 12, 2018, Power of One event held in Pittsburgh that celebrated Andrew Carnegie’s legacy and his own 10,000 heroes.


Attendees look on during the post-dinner program held June 12, 2018, at the Carnegie Music Hall in Pittsburgh. Featured speakers included Carnegie Mellon University President Farnam Jahanian; Mary Frances Cooper, president and director of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh; Carnegie Hero Fund Commission President Eric P. Zahren; and keynote speaker Michael Keaton. In addition to the unveiling of the Commission’s honor roll and commemorative Deed of Trust, awardees Vickie Tillman and Jimmy Rhodes were presented Carnegie Medals for their outstanding acts of bravery.

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