Oct14 NC web banner-2By Rosemary Garrity

Lisa and Glenn Hawley, owners of Off the Hook, the North Hills premier seafood restaurant, are thrilled that the thirteenth annual Bid for Hope will be held at their site on Monday, October 27. A few members of Lisa’s extended family have been diagnosed with breast cancer, so she and Glenn, are very committed to help raise money to find a cure for this disease. A wide variety of sumptuous hors d’oeuvres prepared by their experienced staff will be enjoyed by all.  As in the past, attendees will receive a gift bag that includes a white paneled football that can be signed by numerous Steelers who support Glimmer. Sports memorabilia and a wide assortment of great baskets will be on display for people to bid on that evening.


The fact of the matter is that Glimmer of Hope, a small grass-roots organization has caught the attention of many individuals and businesses. Funds raised at different events by this organization are donated to Pittsburgh area hospitals. This year alone, over $277,000 has been donated to Magee-Womens Hospital, Allegheny Health Network, and the Hillman Cancer Center. Diana Napper, along with a small group of volunteers, has made an impact in this region. Since October is designated as Breast Cancer Awareness month, several new entities will sponsor events to assist Glimmer

Corina Diehl, of Diehl Automotive, is a big supporter of Glimmer of Hope. “I think that Diana has done an incredible amount of work since the death of her best friend, who had breast cancer. She has raised over two million dollars that has been donated to Pittsburgh hospitals. I have so much respect for everything she has done.”  On November 6, Diehl Automotive will help sponsor Girl’s With Guitars, a group of country western celebrities that will perform at the Heinz Field Club and proceeds from auction items will be earmarked for Glimmer.

The three local Chico’s, in Wexford, Ross Park Mall and Cranberry, will each give customers discounts at different times during the month of October. The events will be posted on the Glimmer website at  Those who are interested can plan to shop at the Chico’s of their Choice…or at all three!  Why not??

For the second year, Chick-fil-A will be donating some of the proceeds from the sale of lemonade to Glimmer in October.  Last year, with the support of Joslynn Tatterson, Marketing Director, about $5,000 was donated to Glimmer, and this year, the amount may increase even more. The employees at Alcoa headquarters in downtown Pittsburgh, are once again planning to sell hoagies and cookies during lunch hour in October, and will present Napper with a sizable check at the end of the month.

Also, during the month of October, Glimmer of Hope will partner with Brighton Collectibles at Ross Park Mall to support breast cancer research.  Brighton has created a limited edition bracelet for 2014 for this cause. In August, Eileen Dimond Early chaired the First Annual Dimond Family Golf outing in North Park that raised about $40,000 which she donated to Glimmer. The Oxford Athletic Club will once again support Glimmer of Hope throughout the month of October and has planned a special day for Zumba aficionados to make donations during class times.

When people ask, “Where does my donation go?” They are pleased to learn that the organization supports specific programs.  For example, this past February, Diana Napper presented a $132,775 check to Magee-Womens Hospital to launch a Pilot Program there.  According to Napper, “It is a dream come true to see this consultation center begin to take life.”  This funding will allow Magee to begin a pilot project for six months as one of only a handful of academic medical centers in the country to offer this type of multispecialty clinic for women with complicated breast cancers.  This is another example of the impact that Glimmer of Hope has made and with the continued support of people in the area, much more can…and will be accomplished. For more information visit