Pittsburgh's 50 Finest

After months of hard work, careful preparation and endless planning, Eyeflow CEO & President Phil Laboon captured headlines across the community as he shut down an entire city block to host Southside’s 17th Street Spectacular in the name of a good cause.

Just two weeks removed from what ‘Made in Pittsburgh‘ called one of this summer’s can’t miss events, the 17th Street Spectacular which benefited the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is set to go down in history as Laboon collected an astonishing $31,865 to contribute towards the Foundation’s continued search for a cure to CF.


Setting the Standard and Shattering Records

Earlier this summer, Laboon was recognized for his continued charitable works and leadership in the Pittsburgh community by being named one of ‘Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest for 2015.’ In its 20th year, this summer’s honorees committed to spending their summer months fundraising, hosting events and spreading awareness about the devastating effects of CF all throughout the Pittsburgh community.

Laboon celebrates at the 20th Annual CFF 50 Finest Gala.

Laboon celebrates at the 20th Annual CFF 50 Finest Gala.


On Thursday, the group came together to celebrate their season-long commitment and tally up the totals at a gala hosted at the Omni William Penn Hotel in the heart of Pittsburgh’s downtown neighborhood. 2014’s class of Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest set the stage by breaking national records, raising over $350,000 in support of the Foundation’s search for a cure.

While their goals were lofty, this year’s class of the city’s most accomplished men and women collectively raised a grand total of over $410,000, shattering last year’s record while helping add tomorrows to the lives of nearly 30,000 Americans who struggle with Cystic Fibrosis each and every day.



Laboon Leading the Way

At the beginning of the summer, each one of the honorees established a fundraising goal for themselves in order to help shatter last year’s record and make Pittsburgh proud once more. For months, Laboon worked tirelessly to come up with a way to repeat the success of last summer’s LemonAID just one more time to help benefit the community once again while soaring above everyone’s expectations.

Enlisting the help of Southside Hibachi Bar & Grill Nakama and Downtown-staple Sinful Sweets, Laboon was able to come up with the idea for the 17th Street Spectacular, shutting down an entire Southside city block for a food, fun and fanfare fit for all ages.

The event was a huge success, as thousands filled the 17th Street to take part in the historic event, putting months of hard work and planning to good use as Laboon was able to lead the way in contributions for his class!

Hundreds gathered outside Nakama for food, music and fun times at the 17th Street Spectacular

Hundreds gathered outside Nakama for food, music and fun times at the 17th Street Spectacular. Photos by Ran Case.

“Going into the day we all had huge expectations, but I couldn’t even begin to imagine it would be as successful as it was,” said an energetic Laboon just minutes after receiving word of the final total,  “I’m truly thankful for each and every person who took the time to make sure the day was nothing short of spectacular.”


What’s In-store?

With his latest fundraising feat in the rearview mirror, Laboon has already started working on his next endeavor to benefit the Pittsburgh community in hopes of topping himself once more for something even bigger and better.

In the meantime, Laboon is looking forward to sharing his experiences and entrepreneurial wisdom through his speaking engagements hosted all throughout the Pittsburgh tech community. Be sure to check out his next appearance at the Pittsburgh Tech Council on October 1, as Phil shares his expertise on the five critical components your website needs to be successful in today’s highly competitive online marketplace.


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