I just spent a great afternoon interviewing Ali McMutrie and spending time with her little brother Fredo. Its an interview you will see only on 4. If the names sound familiar, it’s because Ali is one of the two famed McMutrie sisters from Ben Avon who saved 54 orphans in January’s post-earthquake Haiti. Their story became a source of national attention … and local pride. They were hailed as heroes.
But instead of resting on the laurels of their accomplishments, they returned to Haiti. Ali tells me they felt there was so much they could do. The focal point of their efforts: a new orphanage and school. But those efforts take money, so these young women started a non-profit – the Haitian Orphan Rescue.
At the McMutrie home with Ali and her adopted brother Fredo. Fredo is now 4, starting pre-school and has become a Steeler fan. He says his favorite player in “Polimoli”.
They also have a local fund-raiser plan for Saturday night from 6-9pm at Whim nightclub in Station Square. A silent auction, food and live music … all to raise money to help build that orphanage as well as thank the people here who helped them during their time of need and there were many folks. Everyday citizens to elected officials went the extra mile to bring the woman and ALL the orphans home.
As for the sisters, they will once again head back to Haiti after their short stay back here in the ‘burgh. As Ali told me today, while Pittsburgh is their home their passion and their mission is with the children of Haiti.