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Since its inception as a member of the Garden Club of America in 1914, The Garden Club of Allegheny County (GCAC) has been committed to its mission. This mission is to promote knowledge of horticulture, interest in conservation and historic preservation, environmental education, civic planning, and planting programs throughout the Pittsburgh region.
PIZZAZZ is the garden club's major fundraiser. It is a collection of extraordinary boutiques that are carefully curated from all over the country. These boutiques are brought to Pittsburgh to provide a shopping and social experience for residents of the local region to enjoy, while raising money to fund the community efforts that support the mission of GCAC. All PIZZAZZ vendors contribute a portion of their proceeds to GCAC.
This year is the Centennial Anniversary for GCAC and the 19th year for PIZZAZZ. As a result of PIZZAZZ 2014, the garden club will reach and surpass a total of $1,000,000 in contributions to horticultural, environmental, and civic programs throughout the region.
A comprehensive list of the recipients can be viewed at the following link: check back for links that will be updated
During PIZZAZZ 2014, the garden club will also celebrate its centennial year with the Centennial Birthday Party on preview night.
We are grateful to the Benefactors, Patrons, Sponsors, Supporters, and Vendors of PIZZAZZ who have fostered the success of this event, and have allowed us to steward the proceeds of PIZZAZZ for the benefit of our local community. We invite and encourage you to return for PIZZAZZ 2014. Come help us celebrate 100 years of longevity and success!
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PIZZAZZ . . . "an attractive combination of vitality and glamour"
PIZZAZZ is GCAC's major source of funds for the grants we make to horticultural and environmental projects around Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, and
Westmoreland County. Some of the recent projects we have supported with proceeds from PIZZAZZ:
Phipps Botany in Action To support plant-based research funding for a PhD student conducting research as a Phipps-GCAC BIA Fellow.
Tree Pittsburgh To integrate youth service-learning and public education activities into its community tree nursery program.
Carnegie Museum of Natural History (CMNH)/Maple Tree Research To support research, conducted by Dr. Cynthia Morton, to analyze the genetic diversity of maple tree populations in the Pittsburgh area.
Allegheny Land Trust To create a Master Plan for the complex 180-acre former Pittsburgh Cut Flower property that ALT has under contract to purchase.
Nine Mile Run Watershed Association To support a project, in coordination with the Pittsburgh Job Corps Center, to further advance the use of green infrastructure.
Western Pennsylvania Conservancy To support Phase II implementation work of the Fort Pitt Tunnel Garden; the upper-most bed on the airport-side of the Fort Pitt Tunnel.
Reformed Presbyterian Home To support the beautification of a portion of RPH’s frontage and to expand the horticultural interest of their residents and the broader community.
St. Margaret Foundation To support the purchase of plant material to be used to establish the new Garden of Hope.