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Pittsburgh North Optimist Foundation

is a voluntary, organization of local civic-minded men and women motivated by the desire to contribute to the community. By believing in young people and empowering them to be the best they can, Optimist volunteers continually make this world a better place to live. There are 105,000 members who belong to more than 3,200 clubs worldwide serving over six million young people every year.

Lucky Ducky Derby is Back!


A fundraiser by the Pittsburgh North Optimist Foundation


Thursday, May 18, 2023


O'Hara Community Park

Rubber Duckies
CAB Scholarship Logo 2023.jpg
 Carl A. Bongiovanni Scholarship
Golf Fundraising Event

Dear Friends,

On behalf of the Pittsburgh North Optimist Foundation and the Carl A. Bongiovanni Scholarship Committee, thank you all for your participation in the 2023 golf outing.  Your generosity netted $25,000 to be given to deserving young people choosing a career in the construction trades.  We were delighted that one of our scholarship awardees was able to join us for dinner.

Do you enjoy helping others?


PITTSBURGH NORTH OPTIMIST CLUB is currently recruiting new members, supporters & leaders.  We continue to look for new, creative ideas to help the local youth & community.  By joining the Optimist Club you could help develop and implement projects & programs that improve our neighborhoods and give more opportunities and help to our local youth.


Previously, monthly meetings were held at a local restaurant or Lauri Ann West Community Center.  (Pre-Covid) Hopefully, we will be able to resume holding them in the not too distant future.   Meetings last no longer than an hour and are followed by social time which is fun and a good opportunity to meet or catch up with fellow Optimists!   Attending meetings is not mandatory.  


PNOC conducts two annual fundraisers, the Ducky Derby and Toy Drive Party.  Both are exciting events that offer the opportunity to get involved, although your time commitment to volunteer is a personal decision, there is no pressure.  There are many other projects where you may choose to devote your time. More information can be found on our website 


If you would like to join a committed, friendly & fun group of community-minded folks contact John Harford by phone, 412-782-4120 or by email at

Let's talk

If you're optimistic, or if you want to become more optimistic then contact us.  Helping others is one of the best feelings in the world, it will feed your hope for the future generations.  Use the form below to reach us by email.  Cheers!

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