1980

Wins the Sara Frazer Ellis Award from the Ellis School for significant contributions to her field, volunteer organizations, and society in general.

1980

Received honorary degree from Duquesne University - Dr. of Humane Letters

1982

Receives the W.P. Young Award from the Black Republican Council of Pennsylvania

1983

Receives Woman of the Year Award from the Pittsburgh chapter of Vector International.

1985

Elsie with patient at St. Barnabus
Becomes Vice Chairman of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute in addition to providing financial donations to the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force. Hillman also brings dinners and flowers to dying AIDS patients during this time

1986

 
Elsie with Mayor Caliguiri; Elsie with Mayor and John Bonassi, assistant to Senator John Heinz at opening of 5th Avenue Place
Serves on the Mayor Caliguirri’s Task Force on Entertainment Center Developments.

1988

Sponsors the “Art for AIDS” Auction to benefit the Persad Center, the nation’s second oldest mental health center for the LGBT community.

1989

Elsie with former State Senator and Congressman Jim Greenwood
Carries the banner along with feminist activist Molly Yard in the March for Women’s Equality/Women’s Lives

1989

Received honorary degree from Westminster College - Dr. of Laws