PITTSBURGH The Center for Organ Recovery & Education, a federally designated nonprofit organ procurement organization serving Pennsylvania, West Virginia and parts of New York, held a volunteer appreciation dinner on April 25 at the Pittsburgh's Grand Hall at The Priory. The event honored more than 145 individuals from its Pennsylvania service area who have served as active volunteers at CORE from March 2012 to March 2013. The event also included a video presentation titled "I Am Hope," featuring the work of CORE's volunteers, followed by guest speakers, Eugene Wolbert, heart recipient and a member of CORE's Uniontown Volunteer Task Force, and Dalton Igoe, a heart recipient and a member of CORE's Altoona Volunteer Task Force. "At CORE, our volunteers enable us to continue to raise awareness about organ, tissue and cornea donation in the community. "Many are donor family members, transplant recipients or know someone who's been impacted by donation, which demonstrates their strong commitment and passion for the cause of encouraging others to make a pledge for life by becoming a donor," said Susan Stuart, president and CEO of CORE.
Members of CORE’s Altoona Volunteer Task Force include Scott, Dawn and Dalton Igoe, a 16-year-old heart recipient, who also spoke at the dinner.