Feb 5, 2019

Pittsburgh, PA – The Scouting America, Laurel Highlands Council is delighted to recognize our 2019 Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award winners, Thomas Blank and the Pittsburgh-based law firm of Meyer, Unkovic & Scott, at the 30th Annual Awards Dinner, which will be held on Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 6:30 PM at the Fairmont Pittsburgh located in downtown Pittsburgh.

The Laurel Highlands Council will also be presenting Ron Lawrence with the Judge Livingstone M. Johnson Legacy Award for his commitment to serving Scouting for over 30 years.

For the past 30 years, the Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award has recognized individuals, institutions, and local businesses and organizations providing Scouting opportunities to youth in urban, rural, and at-risk communities with Scouting’s time-tested programs of good values and strong character development.

David Motley, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of BlueTree Venture Fund, will chair this year’s event, and Ambassador Ron Kirk will be the guest speaker of the evening. Ambassador Kirk was the first African American to serve as United States Trade Representative and was a member of President Obama’s Cabinet, serving as the President’s principal trade advisor, negotiator and spokesperson on trade issues.

Ambassador Kirk currently serves on the national Board of Directors for the Scouting America.

Since joining his law firm in 2013, Ambassador Kirk is Senior of Counsel in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s Dallas and Washington, D.C. offices. He is Co-Chair of the International Trade Practice Group and a member of the Sports Law, Public Policy, Crisis Management and Private Equity Practice Groups. His focus is on providing strategic advice to companies with global interests.

About the Laurel Highlands Council, Scouting America:

For more than 109 years, the Laurel Highlands Council, Scouting America has been the foremost youth-serving organization in our community that develops character, citizenship and fitness. It is our mission to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. The Scouting America, Laurel Highlands Council currently serves nearly 17,000 youth members and 5,000 volunteer adult leaders throughout its multi-state footprint of 15 counties in Western Pennsylvania, Western Maryland, and parts of West Virginia, making it one of the largest councils in the Scouting America.

More information on the Scouting America, Laurel Highlands Council can be found at or by contacting Erik Tomalis, Chief Development Officer, 412-325-7910 or

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