Irene's Dream Luncheon



Tammy Thompson, 2020 Honorary Chair


Due to the pandemic, the Bartko Foundation cancelled our Annual Irene's Dream Luncheon & Boutique Shopping event that was scheduled for April 18th. This is one of our largest fundraisers in support of single minority mothers in their efforts to improve their lives and the lives of their children. We are grateful for the continued support of our corporate sponsors: The Heniz Endowments, CentiMark, Union Home Mortgage Corp., and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield.And while we are deeply touched and appreciative of the donations made to date by table sponsors and others, there is a 50% profit reduction attributable to the loss of $18,000 in donations made during the luncheon.

WE NEED YOUR HELP! We need to able to continue to be supportive of the women that reach out to us during these unprecedented times and to be able to assist them with their self-sufficiency goals in the future. Please support us and celebrate the women in your life starting on April 18th, in recognition of Irene’s Dream Luncheon, and ending on May 10th, Mother’s Day, in honor of those we serve. The celebration can be as simple as phone calls and emails to those you hold close or you can host a group celebration with friends and family via Zoom/Goggle Hang Out, etc.

However you choose to celebrate, we ask that you share the reasons you support the work of the Bartko Foundation, encourage your “guests” to support our efforts by making a donation either on this website, or by going to and ask them to share this fund raising effort with those they would like to celebrate.

Please review the video above from this year’s luncheon Honorary Chair, Tammy Thompson, sharing why she supports the Bartko Foundation and help us reach our goal of $18,000 while supporting, connecting and celebrating with the women in your life.

In times like this, we are reminded of how interconnected we all are and we, at the Bartko Foundation, are tremendously grateful for you and your assistance and support.

Pictures from 2019 Luncheon


Carl Perkins, Executive Director and Gisele Fetterman, Second Lady of the Commonwealth of PA


Hannah Moon, IOB Award Recipient with Melanie Gefert, Board President and Carl Perkins

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