5th Annual Night of Inspiration, presented by Peoples Gas

Words can’t describe how full our hearts are after the incredible success of the 5th Annual Night of Inspiration. Featuring the return of our favorite emcee, Sean Nolan, a Connecting Champions alum, Night of Inspiration left us all with smiles on our faces and memories to last a lifetime. The festivities included Inspiration Awards presented to our kids by their mentors, the annual future champs award, a Q&A session with our future police office, Amber, and her mentor, Sergeant Colleen, and a trip through Connecting Champions’ history with our very first kid, Camden! With record breaking attendance, together, we raised $75,000 for the kids in Connecting Champions! The night was full of smiles and love in celebration of our amazing kids!

Inspiration Award winners Kelsey, Kara, Tristan, and Camden

Kelsey – Future Cheerleader/Wrestler
Mentors – Pitt cheerleader Kathleen and KSWA Wrestler Lou
Tristan – Fan of Playdough and Police cars
Mentor – Kelley, Pitt grad student
Kara – Future Ghost Hunter
Mentors – Chris and Melanie, founders of Steeltown Paranormal
Camden – Future Robotics engineer
Mentor – Sidney Kushner, Executive Director and Founder of Connecting Champions 

Amber and Sergeant Colleen Discuss the impact of their friendship

During a Night of Inspiration exclusive question and answer session, Amber and Sergeant Colleen discussed their friendship, the impact their relationship has had on each of them, and their history with Connecting Champions. Their adventures together include visits with the bomb squad, the forensics lab, the K-9 unit, the police academy, they participated in traffic stop and firearms training, and learned about explosives at the bomb squad’s practice range. It was truly inspirational to hear how their friendship has grown and how they have inspired each other over the years. Amber’s experiences gave her something to look forward to as well as career perspective and insight into a field she is passionate about.

THANK YOU to everyone who attended, donated, and supported our kids!

The bar has definitely been set high by the 2019 Night of Inspiration, and we couldn’t have done it without the support of so many of you! Our hearts are full and we can’t begin to put into words how much we appreciate all of you. This was truly an inspirational night and has given us memories to smile about for a lifetime. Thank you for helping us celebrate the amazing bravery of our kids!

We would like to give an incredibly huge THANK YOU to our sponsors! 

Presenting Sponsor

Gold Sponsor

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsor

Friend Sponsors

Activity Kits

National Geographic Science Magic Kit

​Help 8-year-old Joe

Future Scientist

Get a science experiment kit to explore with his mentor!

​Help 9-year-old Myla

Future Artist

Get art supplies to create with her mentor!

Help 23-year-old Erik

Future Coffee Barista

Get coffee supplies to learn how to create specialty drinks with his mentor!

The pandemic showed many people what social isolation is really like. It also showed there are many other great ways to connect. That’s why we launched our activity kits. These mailed out packages provide fun activities for our mentors and kids/young adults to do together — virtually.

Reach Out to Us

Or contact Friendship@ConnectingChampions.org / 412.376.3755