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Barbara VanKirk, President and Owner of IQ Inc. a technical consulting and software development company located in Murrysville, Pennsylvania, was a guest bartender at the Airport Area Chamber of Commerce’s Mixers with Shakers annual fundraiser.
The Mixers with Shakers event features local business celebrities and CEO’s who appear as “guest bartenders” for the evening to help raise money for their favorite charities. Along with Barbara VanKirk other guest bartenders included former Pittsburgh Steeler LC Greenwood, WTAE News Anchor/Reporter Janelle Hall and other Pittsburgh area celebrities.
IQ Inc. selected the Sunny Carney Carcinoid Cancer Fund as their charity for the event. The goal of the Sunny Carney Carcinoid Foundation is to raise $100,000 for Sunny Carney’s treatment of carcinoid cancer which she will undergo in Basel, Switzerland. Doctors in the United States cannot effectively treat the rare carcinoid cancer long term; this treatment is the only option for Sunny and her family. With the help of friends, family and the local community IQ Inc. was able to donate over $2,000 to assist the foundation. To learn more about Sunny Carney and/or to make a donation to the foundation please visit her website at: http://www.sunnycarneycarcinoidcancerfund.blogspot.com/.
Barbara VanKirk, President and Owner of IQ Inc. a technical consulting and software development company located in Murrysville, Pennsylvania, graduated from the University of Pittsburgh, Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence Entrepreneurial Fellows program.
The mission of the University of Pittsburgh’s Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence is “to be the innovative leader of economic renewal and growth serving enterprising people and business in the region”. The Entrepreneurial Fellows program is a twelve month series intended to address relevant issues facing a leader of a growing organization. The curriculum combines academic study with guidance and mentoring opportunities from veteran entrepreneurs directed towards real-world business concerns. To learn more about University of Pittsburgh, Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, Institute of Entrepreneurial Excellence program please visit their website at: www.pittentrepreneur.com/about_iee/. Applications for the 2009 class are now being accepted.
Earlier this year Ms. VanKirk was awarded the 2008 Marcus L. Ruscitto Fellowship by the Marcus L. Ruscitto Charitable Foundation in conjunction with the Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence. The goal of the foundation is to nurture innovation, leadership and compassion with the energy for which Mr. Ruscitto, founder of the Pittsburgh based technology Stargate Inc. was well known.