Nonprofits

Over 200 Works of Glass Art Sold at Art on Fire

Over 550 guests celebrated glass at the Art on Fire Celebration and Auction on Friday, September 13 at Nova Place. It was the most successful event to date benefiting Pittsburgh Glass Center (PGC). Chairs Stacey and Andrew Rhodes joined honorary artist Shelley Muzylowski Allen and PGC co-founder Kathleen Mulcahy at the party. Over $217,000 was …

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Family House Polo Match Raises More Than $220,000

The 36th Annual Family House Polo Match on Saturday, September 14 drew close to 2,000 attendees to Hartwood Acres. In addition to a professional polo match, guests enjoyed a silent auction, children’s tent, shop vendors, libations and food truck garden. More than $220,000 were raised to directly support the Family House mission of providing a …

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The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh Hosts Private Viewing of Access+Ability Exhibit

The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh was joined by friends and supporters on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 for an exclusive, private viewing of the Carnegie Museum of Art’s temporary exhibit, Access+Ability. Access+Ability was organized by the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. This powerful exhibition resonates deeply with The Children’s Institute, as many of the devices on …

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The Allegheny County Parks Foundation Hosts Third Annual Twilight Picnic

The Allegheny County Parks Foundation treated the sell-out crowd of 430 guests at its third annual Twilight Picnic for the Parks on Saturday, August 24 to a stunning celebration of the region’s nine parks, one of the largest public parks systems in the country. Event planner Nancy Byrnes designed an authentic picnic atmosphere on the …

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Riverlife Celebrates 20th anniversary with Party at the Pier “Bold Paradise”

Riverlife has been working for two decades to bring parks, trails and quality real estate development to Pittsburgh’s riverfronts. On the evening of Friday, August 23, the nonprofit organization celebrated its 20th anniversary with a blowout Party at the Pier at the North Shore amphitheater at Rivers Casino. Over 800 guests danced to music by …

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A Slow But Continuing Decline

Gavriel Popper-Keizer was living in sun-swept Santa Barbara when he decided to leave coastal California, where he’d spent most of his life. His girlfriend, Alison, also a lifelong Californian, was on board. The sense of adventure was appealing. Neither had a dream job they would regret leaving. And they had come to grips with the …

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Summer Safari: A Wild Zoo Party

Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium’s annual party, Summer Safari, sold out with over 1,400 guests. Party-goers strolled through the zoo on the warm summer night of Friday, July 26 to enjoy the animals and a variety of delicious foods and thirst-quenching drinks, all while donning safari-inspired fashion. Guests this year were also treated to snuggling …

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Passport to Elegance Charms Guests with Wheels and Wings

The third time was definitely a charm as the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix hosted the third annual Passport to Elegance at the Lynx Jet Center on Thursday, July 18. Guests enjoyed a balmy summer evening featuring Mustang and Shelby race cars, classic cars and vintage aircraft. The highlight of the evening was a ride in …

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17th Annual Night in the Tropics Sells Out With 1,300 Guests

The National Aviary’s 17th annual Night in the Tropics fundraiser sold out with 1,300 guests turning up in tropical attire on Saturday, July 13. Party-goers enjoyed the new theme, Rio!, and sampled delicious food from over 35 area restaurants, signature cocktails, wine, and Penn Brewery beer as they met beautiful birds and experienced Brazilian music …

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Cultural Trust Hosts Immersive Dance Party

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Summer Gallery Crawl culminated with “Footwork,” an immersive dance party in the heart of the Cultural District. From 9 p.m. to midnight on July 12, the Peirce Studio located at 805 Liberty Ave. was transformed into a posh, urban getaway—the perfect setting for this one-of-a-kind dance party. Building on the energy …

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Grand Prix Gala Benefits Autism Society and Merakey Allegheny Valley School

The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix put the CAR in Carnegie on Saturday, July 13 as they held their Blacktie & Tailpipes Gala at the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh in Oakland. 300 guests filled the Music Hall Foyer for a night of fundraising for the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and Merakey Allegheny Valley School and dancing …

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The Next Five Years and Beyond

For this special feature, we invited the presidents of the region’s leading institutions of higher education to respond to the following: What will be your strategy in the next five years to address the needs of students in the future? Their responses follow. CALIFORNIA UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA, Geraldine M. Jones California University of Pennsylvania gives …

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Urban Garden Party Raises More Than $225,000

Urban Garden Party: Solstice was held on Friday, June 21 at the Mattress Factory. The event is the museum’s biggest fundraiser of the year. This year, the theme was Solstice, and guests were transported to a mystical world, courtesy of Event Architect Thommy Conroy. Guests at the VIP party were treated to delicious bites by …

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Lisa Schroeder, President and CEO of the Pittsburgh Foundation

I was born and raised in Baltimore and lived in Pittsburgh, twice. The first time was in the 1980s, for just a few years. It was a challenging time for the city. The economic repercussions of the collapse of industry were dominating everything. I returned in 1999, just as a group of 44 extraordinary citizens …

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The Torch Is Passed

The next generation of the Mellon family has taken the reins of the largest grant-making organization in western Pennsylvania. Richard A. Mellon, 56, has been named chairman and chief executive officer of the Richard King Mellon Foundation and the R. K. Mellon Family Foundation, the boards of both foundations announced. He succeeds Seward Prosser Mellon, …

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Gala Celebrates Museum Lab Opening

Inspired by the creation of Museum Lab, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh’s annual fundraising event entertained a sold-out crowd of over 400 guests on Friday, June 7. Museumlab gala kicked off with cocktails in Museum Lab with music by The Funky Fly Project followed by dinner under a luxurious party tent in front of the Childen’s …

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Pittsburgh CLO Guild Gala Inspired by “Grease”

The 64th Annual Pittsburgh CLO Guild Gala was held on June 1 at the Rivers Casino Event Center. The theme of the event, “Greased Lightnin’—The Rydell High Prom” was inspired by “Grease,” Pittsburgh CLO’s first show of its summer season. Using actual CLO production set pieces, the event center was transformed into a high school …

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“A Masked Affair” Raises $500,000 for Pittsburgh Public Theater

More than 400 people went all out for Pittsburgh Public Theater’s “A Masked Affair,” which took place on Friday, May 17 at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh, Downtown. The vibe in the King’s Garden Ballroom was fresh and fun as light poured in to illuminate bedazzled guests mingling during cocktails in their masks.   After dinner, …

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Maecenas XXXV Concludes Opera’s 80th Season

Pittsburgh Opera concluded its 80th season with its annual Maecenas fundraiser gala on Saturday, May 18. Pittsburgh Opera honored Academy Award-winning actress and singer Shirley Jones with its Renaissance Award, and PNC Bank and the PNC Foundation with its Maecenas Award. The event was held at the Benedum Center and chaired by Dr. Lisa Cibik. …

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Big Green Block Party Celebrates Phipps’ Newest Green Building

Over 500 people attended Phipps’ Big Green Block Party on the evening of Thursday, May 16 to celebrate the best sustainable Pittsburgh has to offer, including the opening of Phipps’ newest green building, the Exhibit Staging Center. Guests explored Phipps’ outdoor campus and three green buildings, among the most sustainable in the world, while enjoying …

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Survival of the Fittest

Fran and Steve are hiding in the Monroeville Mall, spying on its creepy patrons—gray-skinned zombies who’d once been suburbanites, judging from their apparel. One of the walking dead, a woman, staggers from an appliance store mindlessly dragging a new toaster by the cord. “What are they doing? Why do they come here?” Fran says. “Some …

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“Multiplicity” Highlights 28 Contemporary Artists

In a stimulating evening of creative discovery, James Gallery opened an expansive exhibition, “Multiplicity,” on Friday, May 10. The exhibition highlights 28 contemporary artists, each with unique processes and visual vocabulary. Many references are expressed, from fluid, gestural and geometric abstraction to landscape and figurative. At the opening reception, artists discussed their work and creative …

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