Cohen & Grigsby Arranges for Internationally Renowned Author Mitch Albom to Appear at Pittsburgh’s Bethlehem Haven

PITTSBURGH, PA – October 14, 2009 – Cohen & Grigsby, P.C., in collaboration with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, has arranged for a special appearance by best-selling author Mitch Albom during his stop in Pittsburgh next week. Albom will visit the residents and staff at Bethlehem Haven, where he will speak on his latest book, Have a Little Faith. The event will be held at Bethlehem Haven (1410 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA) on October 20, 2009 at 3:30 p.m. This special appearance precedes Albom’s book tour event at the Byham Theater at 7:30 p.m., which is part of the Cohen & Grigsby “Trust Presents” Series of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Cohen & Grigsby is a business law firm with headquarters in Pittsburgh and offices in Naples and Bonita Springs, Florida.

“When Cohen & Grigsby forged a partnership with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust to become the presenting sponsor of the ‘Trust Presents’ Series in 2008, our goal was to make sure that the Trust could continue to offer diverse and engaging entertainment,” said Jack Elliott, president and CEO of Cohen & Grigsby. “Beyond being a prolific and successful author, Mitch Albom is also well known for his commitment to nonprofit organizations across the country that seek to address critical problems in our communities. We are glad we can connect him to Bethlehem Haven during his visit to Pittsburgh.”

Founded in 1981, Bethlehem Haven (www.bethlehemhaven.org) creates a continuum of care for homeless women in greater Pittsburgh so that they can ultimately forge a path toward self-sufficiency. The nonprofit organization offers emergency shelter and transitional housing to homeless women in the region. It also provides medical, dental, obstetrics, mental health and employment assistance.

“Residents and staff at Bethlehem Haven are eagerly anticipating Mr. Albom’s visit,” said Lois Mufuka Martin, executive director of Bethlehem Haven. “His new book has an important message about faith and its place in our lives, and we believe his work has particular relevance to the people we serve.”

Author of the New York Times best-selling book Tuesdays with Morie, Mitch Albom is an internationally renowned author, journalist, screenwriter, playwright, radio and television broadcaster and musician. Collectively, his books have sold more than 28 million copies worldwide and have been translated into 42 languages. His latest work, Have a Little Faith, is his first nonfiction since Tuesdays with Morie and explores issues of spirituality, faith and healing.

“We are pleased to include this storied American author on this year’s ‘Trust Presents’ Series as part of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s 25th anniversary,” said J. Kevin McMahon, president of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. “Mitch Albom’s writing is celebratory and compelling, and I think audiences will be inspired by his reading at the Trust’s Byham Theater.”

PLEASE NOTE: This is a photo opportunity only. Photographers and videographers that wish to cover Mitch Albom’s appearance at Bethlehem Haven must RSVP by Monday, October 19, 2009, confirming that they will cover the event. Videographers and photographers may only record a portion of the lecture. Flash photography is prohibited during Mr. Albom’s presentation. Please RSVP to Jeff Donaldson at jeff.donaldson@elias-savion.com or .

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