Rotary International is an organization dedicated to humanitarian service, high ethical standards in all vocations, and goodwill and peace in the world. In more than 160 countries worldwide, approximately 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than 30,000 Rotary clubs.
The Rotary Club of PIttsburgh is part of Rotary District 7300, currently made up of approximately 1500 Rotarians from Allegheny, Beaver and parts of Westmoreland Counties. The Rotary Club of Pittsburgh, which meets Wednesdays at noon in the Omni William Penn hotel, is comprised of more than 100 community business and organizational leaders committed to improving the quality of life in the community, the nation and the world.
The Rotary Club of Pittsburgh has many reasons for hosting this event in honor of Chuck Tanner. Of course, the Club seeks to raise money for the good works of Rotary and to increase public awareness of Rotary projects. The money raised from this event helps us fund such events/projects as: the annual Ethics Symposium for high school students and advisors (over 300 in attendance in 2012); scholarships for Pittsburgh students; Caring Habits, a monthly program to help elementary school children develop positive values; the New Citizens reception (monthly) for Pittsburgh’s newest citizens and this year, our 2012-2013 service projects: The Center for Entrepreneurship for youth at Urban Pathways Charter High School, and Hekima Place, founded by a Pittsburgh native, which is a home in Kenya for children orphaned by AIDS.
Another important motivation for this event is to honor Chuck Tanner, a man who personified what is good about baseball and reminds us of past baseball glories in Pittsburgh. This annual event also provides a major sports banquet for Pittsburgh where fans can celebrate baseball and honor those whose distinguished leadership is so important to the success of their teams. The highly coveted Chuck Tanner awards recognize those who, like Chuck Tanner, represent dedication to sport, but also dedication to excellence and integrity.
While Chuck Tanner is no longer with us, we can feel his presence of good humor, humility and dedication as we present these awards each year. We are proud to honor the man who made the world a better place and those who follow in his footsteps.