Nonprofits

Roses & Thorns: Resident Artists in Opera Couture

Pittsburgh Opera partnered with Choices Pittsburgh for the “Roses & Thorns” fashion show on March 9, which featured couture fashions from Lela Rose, hair and makeup by Studio Booth, and Pittsburgh Opera’s resident artists in opera couture. Before the show, guests enjoyed cocktails, wine from R Wine Cellar, and passed hors d’oeuvres by Hungry for Time. After the …

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“Horsing Around… After Dark” Raises $180,000 for Family House

On Saturday, March 7, over 290 guests came to the Duquesne Club for the annual Family House Gala presented by UPMC and UPMC Health Plan and helped raise $180,000 for the organization. The evening, titled “Horsing Around… After Dark,” included opportunities to donate directly to the mission of Family House and partake in various raffle …

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Great Heart Ball Raises $1 Million

The American Heart Association’s 31st annual Pittsburgh Heart Ball was held at the Wyndham Pittsburgh Downtown, Saturday, February 29 in Roarin’ 20s fashion. More than 500 guests attended the Great Heart Ball—a play on words taken from the Great Gatsby—and raised $1 million for research, education, prevention and community programs to help Pittsburghers and the …

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Gentlemen’s Night Out: Cigars, Steelers and Birds

The 2020 Gentlemen’s Night Out on the North Shore benefitting the National Aviary was held on Friday, February 7 in the PNC Champions Club at Heinz Field. The event was hosted by Michael Mascaro, Executive Vice President of Mascaro Construction and member of the National Aviary Board of Trustees. National Aviary ambassador birds, including a …

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Lights! Glamour! Action! Celebrates Pittsburgh Film Office’s 30th Anniversary

The 20th annual Lights! Glamour! Action! drew 750 attendees, dressed to the nines, to The Pennsylvanian on February 8, 2020. The Academy Awards-themed gala benefited the Pittsburgh Film Office and its mission to promote the southwestern Pennsylvania region as the place to produce television, featured films, commercials, documentaries and digital content. Since 1990, the PFO …

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Eleven Debutantes Presented at the 94th Cinderella Ball

The 94th Cinderella Ball was held on Saturday, January 25th, 2020 inside the Grand Ballroom at the Omni William Penn in Downtown Pittsburgh. After an introduction by ball chairs Mrs. Laura Penrod Kronk and Ms. Britton Peyton Wean, 11 debutantes were presented on the arms of their fathers to a room full of 325 guests …

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Four Winds Gallery Celebrates Anniversary with “Form and Spirit” Exhibition

Four Winds Gallery celebrated their 45th anniversary on Walnut Street with “Form and Spirit,” an exhibition of resident metalsmith Carol Krena’s latest jewelry creations and the innovative work of Pittsburgh sculptor Ken LeDonne. The show drew over 75 attendees to its opening night on December 6, 2019, and will run until February 1.

Immigration Is Still Our Greatest Asset…

Each time Thanksgiving rolls around, I can’t help but recall my family’s humble arrival to these shores and the impact they had upon their adopted homeland. My First People came to this country as scorned refugees not knowing a word of the native language. In fact, they arrogantly refused to speak anything other than their …

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Protecting the Parks

The flat-headed, mucus-covered salamander recently named Pennsylvania’s state amphibian goes by many names: snot otter, lasagna lizard, devil dog, mud-devil, grampus, Allegheny alligator. Most commonly, however, they’re known as the Eastern hellbender. The big, slimy amphibians are found under large, flat rocks in Pennsylvania’s fast-moving rivers and streams, such as the Youghiogheny River. They rarely …

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Leslie Odom Jr. Performs at The Pittsburgh Promise Gala

On Saturday, November 2, 2019, Tony and Grammy Award-winning performer Leslie Odom Jr. performed at The Pittsburgh Promise’s gala, F.N.B. Corporation Presents: A Night of Promise. Odom and his band delighted the crowd with a mix of cover songs, “Hamilton” hits and original material. A Night of Promise took place at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh …

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Photographer George Lange Debuts Personal Collection

World-renowned, Pittsburgh-native photographer George Lange debuts new prints and stories from his private collection on Thursday, November 14 at Weisshouse (324 S. Highland Ave.). Photographing for publications and clients world-wide left Lange with little time to examine his work, and few prints were made. Having recently returned to Pittsburgh, Lange opened his collection of photographs—kept …

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Chatham University Celebrates 150 Years With “Long Purple Line” Gala

On Saturday, October 12, Chatham University’s Athletic & Fitness Center was transformed into a reminiscent walk along Chatham’s “Long Purple Line from 1869” for a gala held as part of its 150th Anniversary Celebration Alumni Reunion Weekend. Guests were guided through the four eras of Chatham’s history: Pennsylvania Female College, Pennsylvania College for Women, Chatham …

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Fall Festival at Southpointe Town Center Benefits American Cancer Society

On Thursday, October 10, over 2,000 people attended Southpointe Town Center in Canonsburg, Pa. for the annual Fall Festival benefitting the American Cancer Society of Washington County’s Access to Care Program. Attendees enjoyed the kids zone, which included a free pumpkin patch, face painting, games and a make-your-own pretzel station from My Favorite Sweet Shoppe, …

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AHN ‘A Night Aglow’ Gala Proceeds Nearly $4 Million

Allegheny Health Network hosted its third annual gala, A Night Aglow, on Friday, October 4. Local business leaders along with Allegheny Health Network (AHN) caregivers and patients came together with health system leadership to recognize the generosity of local donors that support the Network’s charitable mission to promote wellness and improve health across the region. …

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Luxurious Ladies Night Out Benefits National Aviary

On Friday, September 20, more than 350 women flocked to the National Aviary for Ladies Night Out presented by Trib Total Media. The ladies enjoyed gourmet hors d’oeuvres from Atria’s Hand Crafted Catering, signature cocktails and a decadent Pittsburgh cookie table. Partygoers sampled offerings from event partners in the spa, salon, cosmetic, clothing, jewelry and …

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Amazon-Themed Gala Launches Pittsburgh Opera’s 81st Season

Over 200 guests celebrated the beginning of Pittsburgh Opera’s 81st season at the 65th annual Diamond Horseshoe Ball. Held on September 28 at the Omni William Penn, the event raised close to $200,000 for Pittsburgh Opera. In honor of Pittsburgh Opera’s upcoming production “Florencia en el Amazonas,” the evening’s theme was Jewel of the Amazon. …

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UPMC Hillman Cancer Center Gala Raises Millions for Cancer Research

On September 12, 2019, The UPMC Hillman Cancer Center Gala “Illuminated by Hope” celebrated advancements being made in cancer research and treatment and recognized supporters. The sold-out event included nearly 900 of the region’s leaders and longtime UPMC Hillman supporters who are responsible for raising millions of dollars to support the scientists and clinicians at …

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Steel City Awards Dinner Raises Record $950,000 for Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation

The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation’s 6th Annual Steel City Awards Dinner, held on Thursday, September 19, brought together senior leadership of the Marine Corps, Pittsburgh community members and scholarship recipients to recognize Marines by enabling their children to pursue college education. The Steel City Awards Dinner Committees announced that they have raised a raised a …

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Two-Night Animal Friends Gala Welcomes Jackson Galaxy

Animal Friends’ Black Tie & Tails was held on Friday, September 20 and Saturday, September 21. The two-night gala hosted more than 600 guests and raised more than $760,000 for Animal Friends’ lifesaving mission and programs during a one-of-a-kind event on Animal Friends’ campus. The animals were on their best behavior as they welcomed celebrity …

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Testing the Test

We’ve asked the leaders of a group of the region’s top independent schools to answer, in 200 words or fewer, the following question: “Whether it’s the PSSA tests that public schools are required to give or the latest changes in the SAT, there is often disagreement and sometimes controversy about the concept and emphasis on testing in …

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Gala Kicks Off PSO’s 124th Year

Glamour met classical at Heinz Hall on Saturday, September 14 when the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s Gala celebration “A Night in Black and White” kicked off the organization’s 124th year. The annual event paired festive black-tie parties with spectacular music, raising nearly $1 million to benefit the symphony’s extensive Learning & Community Engagement initiatives and to …

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PNC Community Mutt Strut Benefits Medical Service Dogs

Hundreds of humans and dogs descended on Frick Park Saturday, September 14 for the fourth annual PNC Community Mutt Strut hosted in Pittsburgh to benefit Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs Inc., an organization that trains medical service dogs to help veterans and people who suffer from PTSD, seizures and other medical issues. This family friendly …

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