Taste the Good Life Gourmet Charity Gala

October 26, 2017

The Watson Institute helps children with special needs achieve their fullest potential in all aspects of their lives.

Special Education Schools & Resources for Children Ages 3-21
The Watson Institute is an educational organization in Western Pennsylvania made up of special education schools, programs, and resources for children with special needs and their families – including outpatient behavioral health services for children and adolescents up to the age of 21. Whether it’s an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis, neurological impairment or another serious emotional challenge, we are on a mission to help children and youth reach their fullest potential in all aspects of their lives. Our special education school resources and programs also serve as a learning environment for teachers, therapists and other professionals or pre-professionals who serve those children.

Watson Institute: A History and Legacy of Caring

The Watson Institute is the legacy of Mr. and Mrs. David Thompson Watson.  A Pittsburgh business leader and well-known international attorney representing such notables as A.M. Byers, Andrew Carnegie, W.H. Vanderbilt, Henry Phipps and Henry Clay Frick, David Watson and his wife, Margaret, dedicated considerable time and resources for the care, education and treatment of children with disabilities.  After David’s death in 1916 and Margaret’s death shortly thereafter, the Watson’s “Sunny Hill” summer estate in Sewickley, PA became the D.T. Watson Home for Crippled Children.  Their legacy continues today.

Taste the Good Life Gourmet Charity Gala: The Good Life Means Sharing Your Blessings

Joey Disalvo started the Taste the Good Life Charity Gala as a gourmet, five course dinner for a select group of  food and wine aficionados in 1992. The bi-annual event is  now a sumptuous gala with food stations throughout the restaurant which offer the best of food, wine, spirits, desserts,  very fine cigars as well as entertainment, raffles and silent and live auctions. The DiSalvo family saw the event as an opportunity to give back from their success. Many of the most worthy Western PA charities have been the beneficiaries of the Taste the Good Life proceeds.  Come with your friends and enjoy the best of the Good Life and be a part of this grand tradition. DiSalvo’s Station Restaurant is a registered National Historic Landmark.