Linda Mayou, a longtime Monongahela resident, has been honored with the 2017 Albert Lexie Award presented by the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation.
Each year, foundation staff and leadership identify an individual who goes above and beyond in efforts to support the foundation and whose actions honor the legacy of Albert Lexie, a Monessen shoe shiner who donated all his tips to the hospital’s Free Care Fund for 28 years.
Mayou, an Eat’n Park team member for more than 25 years, has been a passionate leader within the company’s annual Caring for Kids Campaign, a team-driven fundraising initiative that benefits children’s hospitals across the region. The cause is a personal one for Mayou. Her daughter, Nicole, received care at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC after being diagnosed with neuroblastoma. While Nikki lost her battle, Mayou has worked to ensure her daughter’s legacy of joy and kindness continues to live.
Through holiday bashes, raffles, spaghetti dinners and more over the years, Mayou has led the Monongahela restaurant in raising about $700,000 for Children’s Hospital.
“Linda’s inspired so many people through her efforts, and each time, she spreads the flame of kindness that Nikki’s life ignited,” said Trina DeMarco, director of corporate giving and community partnerships for Eat’n Park.
“We are pleased to honor Linda this year with the 2017 Albert Lexie Award, which was created to honor volunteers who demonstrate an exemplary commitment to Children’s Hospital,” said Greg Barrett, president, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation. “Albert shined shoes at Children’s Hospital and donated every tip that he received to the Free Care Fund. In his 31 years at the hospital, Albert gave over $200,000 – one third of his income – to provide free health care to local families. The award is very meaningful in that it celebrates Albert and his spirit of giving and signifies others doing the same. Linda has been committed to our mission for decades, making her a longstanding friend to Children’s and truly exemplifies what Albert represents – dedication and selfless giving. We are grateful for her support over the years.”
Mayou, the first woman to receive the Albert Lexie Award, was honored at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Donor Recognition dinner, which was held May 11 at Rodef Shalom.