Laurel Highlands Council
Special Events

Whitney M. Young Jr. Award Dinner

The Boy Scouts of America, Laurel Highlands Council offers a unique opportunity to improve the lives of young people – and by doing so, make our families strong and neighborhoods a better place to live. Scouting provides fun experiences that develop self-esteem, character, and values. But without the unsung heroes and many others like them – too many young people in disadvantaged areas would never know the joy and promise of becoming a Scout.

The Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award is national recognition for those individuals and organizations who provide exceptional service for disadvantaged youth by developing Scouting and other opportunities in challenging urban and rural areas.

Your support helps us provide a Scouting program for youth and families that can’t afford to participate. Registration assistance, camping scholarships, transportation, uniforms, handbooks and program specialists are among the expenses this event helps cover. Please help us continue our mission to serve youth from all communities, regardless of circumstances.

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Thursday, February 18, 2021


Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award Recipients

Danielle Parson   
Senior Director Community Affairs, Propel Schools
Executive Director, Professional Women’s Network

Reed Smith LLC  

Livingstone M. Johnson Legacy Award Recipient

Ronald Curry
Retired Coordinator of Educational Programs
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award Committee

George Robinson, Director of Supplier Diversity & Inclusion, UPMC (Event Chair)
Mark Lewis, Executive Director, Poise Foundation
Carl Taylor, Senior DFM Design Engineer, PDF Solutions
Ricardo Williams, Manager of Equity and Inclusion, Office of Mayer William Peduto
Mel Pirchesky, President/CEO, Eagle Ventures
Danielle Parson, Senior Director Community Affairs, Propel Schools
Joy Pekar, Public Safety Director, Housing Authority City of Pittsburgh
Livingstone M. Johnson, Retired Common Pleas Judge, Allegheny County Court
Marcia Martin, Vice President, Gateway Health
Alan Parks, Chief Operating Officer, Laurel Highlands Council



This year’s event will be held virtually to help keep our Scouts and supporters safe from the COVID-19 virus.


For more information, please contact Alan Parks at or 412-325-7930.

All checks can be made payable to LHC-BSA.
Please remit to Flag Plaza Scout Center, 1275 Bedford Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.