The Jessie Games is a family-friendly day of fun and games to celebrate the life of Jessie Egan Smith. Through the Games, we share Jessie’s zest for life, her love of family and friends, and generosity in a way that helps children in need. All proceeds from the event support children’s enrichment activities offered through Catholic Charities’ Summer Lunch Program. The Olympic-themed day features races for children of all ages, as well as other activities for both young and old. We close with a family-style cookout.

Since its inception in 2012, Catholic Charities’ Summer Lunch Program has provided nearly 2,000 free and nutritious meals to children ages 18 and under at the Susan Zubik Welcome Center in downtown Pittsburgh. Along with lunch, children enjoy creative enrichment activities throughout the 10-week program, including a visit from a caricature artist, singing, dancing and presentations from The Carnegie Library, Heinz History Center and Animal Rescue League. At the end of the summer, each child receives a backpack filled with supplies. Proceeds from the Jessie Games will support and enhance those activities, helping bring to them the fun, celebration and spirit that marked Jessie’s life.

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While you’re at it, make sure to see where Jessie stones and shirts have traveled — from Prague to Australia to the Danube River. Go to the  Travels with Jessie tab.


From the Prayer at The Jessie Games:

We thank God for everyone gathered here, for with your love and grace we have come together to celebrate Jessie. As humans we tend to look to our elders for wisdom and knowledge. But You brought us Jessie and she taught us love, laughter and that to live life is to celebrate in it. Her lessons continue as she brings us together in service of others. In honoring Jessie, please bless all who help and give hope to those in need.