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Joe Beretta Foundation to host Hopeful Hearts River Cruise

PITTSBURGH — The Joe Beretta Foundation will be hosting its inaugural Hopeful Hearts River Cruise fundraising event on Aug. 14 aboard the Gateway Clipper’s Duchess Vessel.

The event will follow both CDC and local guidelines for mitigating the spread of COVID-19.

It will include a meal, dancing, two drink tickets, entertainment and a silent auction as participants sail the three rivers under Pittsburgh’s skyline.

Tickets are priced at $125 each until July 30 as an early bird special and $150 each afterward. Casual cocktail attire is suggested for the evening.

The Joe Beretta Foundation was established to meet the practical needs of advanced heart failure patients and their families by providing them with emergency housing and financial stability during times of crisis, as well as emotional support, according to a spokesperson. “Only 3 percent of hospitals nationwide are able to treat this disease, so the vast majority of patients must travel long distance to receive life-saving care, resulting in fear, isolation and financial distress. “

The foundation serves patients in four hospitals across two cities, including UPMC Presbyterian in Pittsburgh. They also serve patients in three hospitals in the Nashville area, with aspirations of expanding their existing footprint. Since the foundation’s inception in 2016, they have assisted more than 650 individuals and provided more than 1,800 nights of stay for patients and their families.

“We’re overjoyed to be able to hold the inaugural Hopeful Hearts River Cruise on Pittsburgh’s three rivers this summer,” said Davey Shepherd, executive director. “It will be an extraordinary and memorable evening for our guests, all while supporting such an incredible cause.”

For information, visit https://www.thejoeberettafoundation.com.

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