Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania today announced the winners of its 2019 Power of Work Awards, which honor employers and organizations for their efforts to hire and help individuals with disabilities and other employment barriers. Selected from nearly 60 nominees, the winners are:

HIRE Category Winners

Joseph Tambellini Restaurant – Started over 10 years ago, Joseph Tambellini Restaurant is a fine dining establishment located near Highland Park, where a pleasant atmosphere is the standard. Owner and executive chef, Joseph “Joe” Tambellini, also sets a high standard when it comes to hiring and retaining employees, and for many years, has hired several individuals reentering society after incarceration. Mr. Tambellini’s kind heart and sense of humor has earned him a tremendous amount of respect from his customers and employees.

Tri-Boro Development – Tri-Boro Development was started nearly 20 years ago by Mick Harvey, primarily focusing on roofing for residential and commercial properties. Since 2004, Tri-Boro Development has been working with individuals that have recently reintegrated into society after being incarcerated for many years. Most of these individuals have a large lapse in employment, struggle with addiction, and all have a criminal background. Mr. Harvey, who lives in the Greenfield section of the City of Pittsburgh, acts as a mentor to those individuals helping them in any way he can, including providing bus passes or personally providing rides to make sure they get to work every day.

HELP Category Winner

Asbury Heights – For over 100 years, Asbury Heights, part of UPMC Senior Communities, has provided high-quality and compassionate care and accommodations to generations of older adults, while offering continued support for their families. Asbury Heights offers a full continuum of care which includes independent living, personal care, nursing, rehabilitation and memory support. Recently, Asbury Heights partnered with Goodwill to provide a welcoming place for Goodwill clients to train in various work areas within Asbury Heights to gain the necessary skills to pursue employment in the community.

The winners of the 2019 Power of Work Awards will be honored at a ceremony and luncheon on March 22, 2019 in the ballroom of the Sheraton Station Square. Participating in the event, along with Goodwill clients and representatives of the winning organizations, will be Richard Harshman, Executive Chairman of ATI and honorary chairperson of the 2019 Power of Work Awards, and Bill Flanagan, Chief Corporate Relations Officer for the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, emcee.

This year’s awards ceremony marks the 22nd year for the recognition program. Goodwill created the Power of Work Awards program in 1997 to acknowledge employers and organizations that make a major, positive impact on the lives of people with barriers to employment by providing employment opportunities and support programs. More than 50 different employers and organizations have won the award.  Individual tickets can be purchased for $75 or purchase a table for $750. Register online at For questions about the Power of Work Awards contact Gabi Lloyd at 412-632-1931 or

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