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Catholic Charities hosts final Jessie Games of the summer on August 6


August 5, 2022 


Marion Ahlers
Director of Marketing and Communications


Because all kids should get to be kids

Catholic Charities hosts final Jessie Games of the summer on August 6


Pittsburgh, PA -- Saturday, August 6, marks the final Jessie Games event for the summer, hosted by Catholic Charities, Diocese of Pittsburgh. The games will run from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at 3001 Cool Springs Drive in Pittsburgh.

Presented annually, the event organizes games and activities for agency clients. This year, we’re also welcoming displaced children and their parents from Afghanistan and Ukraine alongside families served through our Roselia Pregnancy and Parenting and Family Christmas Plan programs.

“The Jessie Games are all about letting kids be kids,” says Susan Rauscher, Executive Director of Catholic Charities. “Kids easily pick up on adult stress, even when as parents and caregivers we try to shield them from grown-up challenges. The Jessie Games are all about good times, joy and giving families a break from daily pressures. Summer fun holds great healing power.”

"The Jessie Games" was first held in July 2014 to honor the memory and life of the late Jessie Egan Smith who died in 2013 at the young age of 23. A graduate of Seton-LaSalle High School who attended Duquesne University, Jessie enjoyed sports, especially running, and participated in both the Erie Half Marathon and Pittsburgh Marathon. Her family and friends organized "The Jessie Games" to celebrate Jessie's competitive spirit, compassion for others, and love for children in need.

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About Catholic Charities: Catholic Charities serves all, regardless of religious affiliation, at their times of great need. With offices in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Greene, Lawrence and Washington counties, Catholic Charities has been providing programs and services since 1910. Catholic Charities offers counseling, a Free Health Care Center for the uninsured and underinsured, senior centers and services (out of Lawrence County) homeless assistance, pregnancy and parenting support, and more. For more information about our programs and services, visit