Welcome to the Future - Where Anything Is Possible

Thank you for all those you made our first fundraiser a success!

Please check out the photographs by clicking the button below. Thank you to Trey Douyon for donating his time and talents.

Despite frigid temperatures and blustery weather, more than 170 people gathered on the evening of January 29, 2019 at Threadbare Ciderhouse for a fundraiser for RefocusED, a new non-profit whose mission centers around research and development dedicated to innovation in education.

The casual celebration was a-buzz with positive energy from start to finish!  An eclectic group of supporters and advocates mixed and mingled throughout the evening, enjoying the esthetics of this unique Northside venue while partaking in the delicious appetizers, craft cocktails and ciders, specialty pizzas, pastas, and salads made from local seasonal produce, cheeses, and meats.  DJ Garrett Shafer provided the musical backdrop for the evening, adding to the elevated mood.

This amazing show of support is for a group of intrepid teachers and community members who believe the need to innovate education and provide more outstanding, free, public, open-enrollment education options for students with the fewest opportunities in Pittsburgh.

The three co-founders of Career Tech Charter High School, Maureen Anderson, Angela Musto, and Trish Howison, are experienced, successful professionals who are passionate about teaching and believe in the potential of their students.  They have created a new education model that shifts the focus of learning to a student’s well-being and optimizes their interests.

Aren’t we incredibly fortunate our city has so many people who really care about all children, regardless of zip code or background, and believe each and every one of them deserves a high-quality education that will ensure they reach their full potential - which benefits students, families, communities, and the economy!
— Maureen Anderson, RefocusED, Inc. Founder

The new, “Whole Person Model of Education” defines Career Tech Charter and is integral to the curriculum “Framework of Inquiry,” designed to inspire students to explore their world through comprehensive project-based learning and grow as individuals, becoming successful citizens and inspired future leaders.

The non-traditional education environment of Career Tech Charter High School also offers teachers more flexibility, autonomy, and the opportunity to work creatively with students one-to-one, facilitate group seminars and research projects, and collaborate with the community to regularly expand learning far beyond the four walls of the school building.

This “Whole Person Model of Education” focuses on:

  • Physical and mental health

  • Academic skills and knowledge

  • Decision making and goal accomplishment

  • Healthy relationships

  • Financial literacy

  • Civic engagement

Honorary Event Chairs

Michael & Kimberly Rios


Thank you to our event sponsors for their unwavering support.

Platinum Sponsors


Silver Sponsors

Silent Auction, Raffle, & Dessert Sponsors