CONTACT:   Sarah Piccione
                        Pittsburgh Carson Scholars Fund


Fourth annual event to be held November 29 at Bossa Nova

PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Carson Scholars Fund has announced its 4th Annual Charity Auction and Cocktail Event, to be held Thursday, November 29 from 6:00 – 10:00 pm at Bossa Nova in downtown Pittsburgh.

Hosted by Dr. Alfonso Costa, Jerome Bettis, and Kendall Simmons, the highlights of the evening will include a guest appearance by the world-renowned Johns Hopkins pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Benjamin Carson, as well as a celebrity autograph signing with members of the Pittsburgh Steelers, including Hines Ward, Charlie Batch, James Farrior, and Casey Hampton.  In addition, the evening will feature a silent and live auction.  Auction items will include a Jerome Bettis autographed Superbowl XL jersey, original framed drawings by Dr. Seuss, Charles Schultz (Peanuts), Bill Watterson (Calvin & Hobbes), and Norman Rockwell, a Marc Jacobs handbag, and many more unique items.

All proceeds from the event benefit the Pittsburgh Carson Scholars Fund, which awards scholarships of $1,000 to students in grades 4-11 who have demonstrated academic excellence and dedication to the community.  To date, the Pittsburgh chapter has awarded over $160,000 in scholarships.  The annual charity auction and cocktail event is the Pittsburgh chapter’s sole annual fundraiser.

Tickets are $250.  To reserve tickets, please contact Sarah Piccione at (412) 394-9803 or

The Pittsburgh Carson Scholars Fund is a branch of the Carson Scholars Fund, based in Towson, MD.  The Carson Scholars Fund is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity that was founded in 1994 by Johns Hopkins pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Benjamin Carson and his wife Candy, to reward students in grades 4-11 who strive for academic excellence and demonstrate a strong commitment to their community.  The scholarships, to be used for attendance at four-year colleges and universities, are awarded without regard to race, creed, religion or financial need.


About Costa Land Company

Costa Land Company, Inc. is a real estate development, investment and management firm based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Founded by firm Chairman Dr. Alfonso Costa in 1990, Costa Land Company and its affiliates boast a premier portfolio of prime commercial retail centers as well as office and residential buildings throughout the country.  

With properties from New York City, Florida, South Carolina and Pennsylvania to Praiano, Italy, Costa Land Company is built on a reputation of hard work, integrity, and expertise.

Costa Land Company owns and manages over one million square feet of commercial retail space.

Costa Land Company, Inc. is located in the US Steel Tower in downtown Pittsburgh.

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