Thank you for supporting our work at An Evening of Oakland Storytelling: Views of Oakland.

We look forward to celebrating with you again next year.

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About An Evening of Oakland Storytelling

OPDC’s signature fundraiser brings together a diverse mix of residents and community partners who share our passion for equitable opportunity and development in Oakland. We are proud to serve one of Pittsburgh’s most vibrant neighborhoods for the 39th year and are grateful to work alongside an amazing community of neighbors, partners, and volunteers.

An Evening of Oakland Storytelling features a unique program of live Oakland-related stories supported by Kelly Flanagan Dee, producer of The Moth in Pittsburgh. See this year’s storytelling lineup below.



Kate Maurin a long-time Oakland resident who moved to the neighborhood with her husband. She currently works for Alcoa as the Director of Global Talent Management.


Marcel Walker is a Pittsburgh-based freelance artist specializing in illustration, graphic design, and photography. As a young adult, Walker moved to Oakland with his family and spent some time living on Chesterfield Road. He received his G.E.D at the age of 16 and shortly after attended The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. To this date, Chesterfield Road is the one place that Walker has lived the longest. He continues to live in Pittsburgh publishing comic books, teaching workshops, and working as a photographer. Check out Marcel’s work and consider supporting his artistic mission to educate and spread creativity.


Maria Simbra is a multi-award-winning medical journalist who reports for KDKA-TV. She earned her M.D. from the University of Pittsburgh and M.A. in journalism and mass communication from Point Park University. She is also a memoir writer, chronicling her careers in neurology and television news, among other unique experiences. She currently resides in the South Hills of Pittsburgh with her husband and daughter.


David Shifren is a Community Resource Officer at the City of Pittsburgh Police's Zone 4 Station, an instructor of film appreciation for the University of Pittsburgh’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, a published author of mystery and other novels, and the founder of the Pittsburgh Police Junior Chess Club. David recently received the Mayor's Employee of the Month Award for his work with the Chess Club. As an active member of the Pittsburgh community, he strives to strengthen relationships between officers and residents.

This year’s generous event venue sponsor was The Oaklander Hotel. Guests enjoyed breathtaking views from the hotel’s unique top floor space, delicious food and cocktails designed by Chef Jessica Lewis, and an opportunity to connect with friends and neighbors. All event proceeds support OPDC’s programs to improve the lives of Oakland community members.

Thanks to our generous sponsors


Event design by 4121 Main/Thommy Conroy

Thanks to this year’s host committee

Modi Ahmed
LeeAnn Anna
Lauren Bachorski
Scott Bricker
Stan Caldwell
Julia Erickson & Aaron Ingley
Representative Dan Frankel
Tinisha Hunt
Abass Kamara
Jeff Maurin & Kate Maurin
Melissa McSwigan
Gregg Perelman
Rebekkah Ranallo
Tara Sherry-Torres
Janet Squires
Councilperson Erika Strassburger
Valentina Vavasis