Soiree in the Strip

Soiree in the Strip: A celebration and fundraiser for The Midwife Center

The Midwife Center was thrilled to welcome over 200 people to Pittsburgh Winery on October 21st, 2023 for Soiree in the Strip, a celebration of our clients, community, and the Strip District neighborhood that has been our home for 20 years.

Soiree in the Strip raised over $131,000 to ensure equitable access to TMC's services through sliding scale fees, class scholarships, resource counseling, perinatal support, walk-in hours, and more.

At this special event, featured in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s SEEN column, guests enjoyed musical performances from the incredible SpeciàlK and Jason Gamble. Speakers included: Gisele Barreto Fetterman, access advocate and founder of Free Store 15104, Representative Lindsay Powell, Representative Emily Kinkead, and Representative La'Tasha Mayes, all of whom pointed to the role TMC plays in improving health outcomes in the region. 

Read more about this special event on our blog.

Purchase your tickets here.

VIP Tickets | $175 - Join us for the VIP reception, chaired by Gisele Barreto Fetterman, featuring a special wine tasting

Main Event Tickets | $75

Soiree in the Strip features both an in-person only silent auction experience and an online silent auction experience!

Bidding is now open for the online auction. Highlights include 2024 Steelers season tickets and a Crescita Birth Package including doula support, photography, and more. Check out the items and place your bids:

Thank you to all of the businesses and individuals who have donated incredible items and experiences to our auction!

3 Lakes Golf Course
Aimee Bungard Art
ALLORA Health + Wellness
big Burrito Restaurant Group
Black Radish Kitchen
City Squeakers
Coop de Ville
De Fer Coffee & Cocktails
Evolve Modern Hairdressing
Homewood Inn & Suites Suites
In the Kitchen
Kimpton Hotel Monaco
Max Louik, Esq
Michelle Joy Babkes, Gypsy Tattoo Parlor
On Par Now
One Point One Yoga
Penzey's Spices
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
Pittsburgh Botanic Garden
Pittsburgh Center for Complementary Health & Healing
Pittsburgh FIT
Pittsburgh Zoo
Robert Wholey & Co. Inc
Ronald Thomas, MD
Salem's Market & Grill
Sally Ann's
Schoolhouse Yoga
Strip District Meats
Union Fitness
Wigle Whiskey

Support access to client-centered care at the region's only freestanding birth center by sponsoring The Midwife Center and joining us for our annual fundraiser, Soiree in the Strip. Sponsorships are available now.

IMPACT SPONSOR | $10,000 Champion TMC's comprehensive care & excellent heath outcomes. Includes 6 VIP tickets.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT SPONSOR | $7,500 Invest in our outreach and engagement, especially within communities that experience poor health outcomes. Includes 5 VIP tickets.

WELLNESS WALK-IN FRIDAYS SPONSOR | $5,000 Support our popular and innovative walk-in program that reduces barriers to GYN care. Includes 4 VIP tickets.

EDUCATE & INSPIRE SPONSOR | $2,500 Help us educate & mentor the next generation of reproductive health professionals. Includes 3 VIP tickets. 

CLIENT CARE SPONSOR | $1,000 Support the time-intensive, personalized care we provide for all clients. Includes 2 VIP tickets.

FRIEND | $400 Partner with us to meet the needs of our clients.

From clients and their families to current and former staff to community leaders and volunteers, so many people have been a part of making The Midwife Center what it is today. If you have a story to tell about The Midwife Center, we would love to hear from you. You can fill out our google form to tell us about your positive experiences with The Midwife Center. You can also reach out to Katie Phillips at to share your story.

Your story may be shared in The Midwife Center's newsletter, website, and social media. We can't wait to hear from you!

VIP Host Committee

As of September 14, 2023

Gisele Barretto Fetterman, Chair

Dr. Janice Anderson & Pat Downey

Dr. Christine Andrews

Alison Beam, SVP, UPMC and Chief Government Affairs Officer

Nancy Bernstein

Marilyn Bittel, PITT OHIO

Tacy Byham, PhD, Byham Charitable Trust

Darren Siegel & Jennifer Cox-Siegel

Lindsay & Christian Cashman

Verna Corey, ScD

Leslie Dunn

Nancy Eligator & Jonathan Rest

Sydney Etheredge, Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania

Dinnie Goldring

Kelsey Halling

Sara Innamorato

Laura Kelly

Representative Emily Kinkead

Tom & Chris Kobus

Victoria Kulli & Aaron Todd

Max & Kate Louik

Kelly A. Martin, Quest Diagnostics

Representative La'Tasha Mayes

Amber & Justin McCann

Judy & Brandon McAuley

Robert & Denise O'Connor

Nora Peace, Esquire, Pittsburgh Estate Law

Dean Robert Phillips, Esquire

Cathy Raphael

Lynne Reder

Camila Rivera-Tinsley, Women & Girls Foundation

Laura Runnels, MPH, LAR Consulting, LLC

Judy Ruszkowski & Ken Regal

Alicia Schisler, Adagio Health

Dr. Matthew & Sarah Starr

Betsy Teti

Dr. Ronald & Mrs. Cindy Thomas

Bridgit Wolf

Becky Yago, Dollar Bank

Thank you to our 2023 Sponsors!

The Midwife Center is so grateful to the businesses, organizations, and individuals who are sponsoring Soiree in the Strip and TMC's work in 2023. Thanks to our sponsors, The Midwife Center is commited to promoting wellness in our community through comprehensive care, new & expanded services, excellent outcomes, access & equity, and community engagement & education.

Impact Sponsors

Nancy Bernstein

Community Engagement Sponsor

Wellness Walk-In Fridays Sponsors

Lindsay & Christian Cashman

Eleanor B. Emmons

Dr. Matthew & Sarah Starr

Educate & Inspire Sponsors

Janice Anderson & Pat Downey

Vivian & Bill Benter

Verna Corey, ScD

Dr. Daniel Edelstone & Dodi Walker Gross

Tom & Chris Kobus

Dean Robert Phillips, Esq - The Phillips and Stemberger Family

Byham Charitable Foundation

Client Care Sponsors

Dinnie Goldring

Max & Kate Louik

Amber & Justin McCann

Cathy Raphael

Lynne Reder

Judy Ruszkowski & Ken Regal

Betsy & Tom Teti

Ronnie Cook Zuhlke

Friend Sponsors

Representative Dan Frankel