Rusty Solomon – A Lifetime of Giving Back

People all over Pittsburgh know the name of Rusty Solomon. As the head of LRC Capital, he has spent decades as one of the principal benefactors of the community. The projects that bear his name range from elementary education to assisted living centers for senior citizens. Through the projects that he has funded, the people living in and around Pittsburgh have gained access to modern schools, improved healthcare facilities and better prepared emergency services. What is less well known is that the inspiration for these acts was his father, Samuel P. Sheehan, who made helping those less fortunate a life’s mission.

Helping others was a part of growing up for Rusty Solomon. He spent many days of his childhood helping out at a local soup kitchen or homeless shelter alongside his father and other active members of their church. These experiences drove home the lesson that to achieve happiness he had to combine prosperity and material possessions with helping others. These lessons stayed with him as he completed his education and built his business, and now he leaves a trail of kindness and compassion in his wake.

Being part of the community is more than writing a check for Rusty Solomon, and he goes further than financing local projects. He takes an active role in the community by sitting on the boards of many area projects as well as serving as a member of the Shadyside Council. As a Councilor he has been a supporter of tighter regulations on local businesses, particularly those whose activities could negatively impact the lives of residents. He also champions healthcare initiatives, and his most recent proposal calls for greater access to area health programs for the children of low income families. Charities that help abandoned animals and support adult education also receive financial contributions, which last year totaled more than $750,000.

The latest project that Rusty Solomon is putting his weight behind hopes to identify and assist others with a similar philosophy. Up and coming students in the fields of medicine and law qualify for scholarships based on community involvement. The award gives each student up to $12,000 per year towards tuition costs. To qualify students must maintain a 3.8 or above grade point average, and devote at least 25 hours per month towards helping those less fortunate. The hope of the program is to keep the good work going with a new generation of civic minded local leadership.

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