In sailing, it's not as simple as just setting out a boat on a straight course.
Instead, Kathleen Miclot told an audience at Edgewood Country Club, navigating a sailboat is all about turning and steering to follow the wind and the current. And succeeding depends on the whole crew.
“It takes work and it takes help from other people," said Miclot, who spoke at the 32nd annual All Star Banquet Dinner and Award Ceremony for McKeesport-based Auberle. "With the correct help, you can get where you are trying to get.”
The ceremony, held May 7, recognized donors, foster parents and corporate sponsors.
Miclot, a member of the Auberle board of directors and chair of the banquet committee, said sailing was chosen as the theme for the event to illustrate that at Auberle, which provides services for children, young adults and their families, challenges are not something that people face alone.
“The whole event is really a recognition of the people we serve," said John Lydon, Auberle chief executive officer, "people that have reached their goals and are successful.”
Honored with Auberle's Community Partner Award at this year’s event was Allegheny County Judge Kim Berkeley Clark.
Clark is a juvenile and family court judge nationally credited with introducing a “trauma-informed care” courthouse environment. Recognizing the challenges faced by people in the family and juvenile court system, Clark said she tried to create a state-of-mind in her courtroom where she and other court officers are conscientious of those challenges, and proactively look for ways to try to make things better.
Other awards for the evening highlighted excellence in education for program students, behavioral improvements, foster care program member successes, essay contest and community service awards.
Tyler Pack is a freelance writer. This is his second byline for Tube City Almanac.
Originally published May 13, 2018.