What five Pittsburghers are thankful for this year

A sense of community, Pitt beat Penn State and, of course, dogs.

"Grateful Walls" in Market Square.

"Grateful Walls" in Market Square.

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MJ Slaby

Pittsburgh may have already put up wreaths and lit all of our Christmas trees, but we still have today to eat all the turkey we can and reflect on what we have to be thankful for this year.

So as you’re waiting for the Steelers to kickoff and navigating those possibly awkward family conversations, take a moment to check out what your fellow Pittsburghers are thankful for this year.

Rich Fitzgerald

Allegheny County executive

“I’m thankful for my family, that my family is healthy and doing well,” he told The Incline and added that he’s also thankful for Pittsburgh and Allegheny County, which are “the best place in the world to live.”

And that’s because of the families who live here and and the sense of community, he said. “It’s a great place to raise a family.”

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Leah Lizarondo

Co-founder and CEO, 412 Food Rescue

“What makes me thankful this year is the work of all our volunteers. In 20 months, our #foodrescueheroes are over 1,000 strong and has rescued 1,000,000 pounds of food — all good, healthy food that would otherwise have gone to landfills — redirected toward feeding those who are food insecure. I am thankful for all our food donors, nonprofit partners and supporters who are key parts of this movement. Thankful for being the lucky one to see all this happening.” (P.S. Check out how 412 Food Rescue makes foraged crabapple sauce.)

Leah Lizarondo
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Marqui Lyons

Program manager for strategic partnership and community engagement, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

“This Thanksgiving I am thankful for the love of my family, the support of my friends and the 42-to-39 loss my Pitt Panthers gave to Penn State this football season! #H2P”

Marqui Lyons
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Adam Shuck

Creator, ‘Eat That, Read This’ newsletter; Editor and publisher, The Glassblock

Shuck said he’s “thankful for dogs….given the state of everything, I am grateful for the simple, gleeful enthusiasm of dogs this Thanksgiving.”

In case you’re wondering, his dogs are Henry and Yuki.

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Visit Pittsburgh

The tourism agency has an entire list of what we should be thankful for this year in Pittsburgh. A few of our favorites: risk-taking restaurateurs, Uber’s self-driving car pilot, the Stanley Cup and the word jagoff being added to the dictionary.

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And what about us, here at The Incline?

We’re thankful to be in Pittsburgh, and for you, our readers. Happy Thanksgiving, yinz!

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