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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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Columnist George Will Speaks at St. Barnabas Founder’s Day

St. Barnabas Charities hosted their annual Founder’s Day Celebration Gala on Thursday, April 25, 2019 at the Pittsburgh Marriott North in Cranberry Township, Pa. The event brought together corporate sponsors, prominent business people and community leaders to celebrate the founding of St. Barnabas. The evening included a cocktail reception, silent auction and raffles and dinner …

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Luncheon Raises $550,000 for Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy

The 2019 PNC Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy Spring Hat Luncheon was held on Saturday, May 4 in Allegheny Commons Park. The event raised more than $550,000 for the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy and welcomed a sold out crowd of 650 guests. It was the first time the annual event was held in Allegheny Commons and guests enjoyed …

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Take Center Stage Gala Celebrates the August Wilson Cultural Center

The August Wilson African American Cultural Center TAKE CENTER STAGE Gala took place on Friday, April 26 in the 900 block of Liberty Avenue. Guests enjoyed a two-course dinner by big Catering and dessert buffet by Bella Christie and Lil’ Z’s Sweet Boutique. The black tie event included a seated performance in the theatre featuring …

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Annual Event Celebrates Science and Technology Doctoral Students

On April 3, 2019, the Pittsburgh Chapter of ARCS Foundation held its annual Scholar Celebration at the Reed Smith Centre. The chapter raises funds for three-year awards to doctoral students in the sciences and technology at both Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh. More than one hundred people gathered for hors d’oeuvres and …

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Black & White Gala Raises $165,000 for Family House

Family House hosted its annual Black & White Gala on Saturday, April 6 at J. Verno Studios. 250 of Pittsburgh’s top community and industry leaders attended in their best black and white attire. The event featured dinner, drinks and dancing in support of Family House’s mission to provide a “home away from home” to 24,000+ …

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Pittsburgh Opera Hosts “Bohemian Nights” Fashion Show

Pittsburgh Opera’s “Bohemian Nights” fashion show dazzled guests gathered at Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters in the Strip District on Monday, March 18. The evening featured couture fashions from Larrimor’s, hair and makeup by Studio Booth, and Pittsburgh Opera’s Resident Artists in opera couture. Before the show, guests enjoyed cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres by Hungry for …

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City Public Schools Wither as Economy Booms

Austin is learning that much-desired economic success can have unintended consequences. The city’s declining school-age population and public school enrollment is citywide topic of conversation among Austin Independent School District (AISD) officials and Austin residents, including parents of school age children, taxpayers without children in school and local economic development professionals thrown in the mix. …

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Mardi Gras Gala Raises More Than $511,000

On Fat Tuesday, March 5, more than 700 Mardi Gras revelers came to the Westin Convention Center to support the Epilepsy Association of Western and Central PA and honor Deb Rice-Johnson, President of Highmark, Inc., as the King of the Mardi Gras. More than 6,500 balloons covered the ceiling of the cocktail reception as guests …

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Annual B*tches Ball Spreads Spaying and Neutering Awareness

Humane Animal Rescue’s 9th Annual B*tches Ball hosted nearly 300 attendees and brought down the house at Nova Place on March 2nd. The event raised $15,000 for the animal advocacy organization to spread awareness about the importance of spaying and neutering pets. Features included a self-service candy bar, catering from Chipotle, specialty “Spay Breeze” and …

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The Pittsburgh Heart Ball Celebrates Its 30th Anniversary

The Pittsburgh Heart Ball celebrated its 30th Anniversary and its commitment to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives, on Saturday, March 2nd at the Wyndham Grand. The event highlighted and celebrated the work of the American Heart Association, its donors and volunteers, and most importantly, its survivors. Two honorees were …

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ACMSF Awards Gala Salutes Physician Heroism

More than 300 guests gathered for the Allegheny County Medical Society Foundation (ACMSF) Celebration of Excellence Awards Gala at the Westin Convention Center Hotel, downtown Pittsburgh, on March 2. An intimate champagne VIP reception kicked off the evening which recognized top gala sponsors and honored 2019 ACMS president, Adele L. Towers, MD, MPH, FACP, and …

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Pittsburghers Walk the Red Carpet at “Lights! Glamour! Action!”

Party goers dressed to the nines walked the red carpet under The Pennsylvanian’s iconic rotunda on Saturday, February 23 for “Lights! Glamour! Action!” benefitting the Pittsburgh Film Office. Inside, 750 guests enjoyed a fabulous night of dinner, drinks and dancing. While the 2019 Oscars went without a host, Pittsburgh’s biggest night in film was hosted …

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Gentlemen’s Night Out Raises More Than $160,000 for the National Aviary

The 2019 Gentlemen’s Night Out on the North Shore benefitting the National Aviary was held on Friday, February 8th at Heinz Field Champions Club. The event was hosted by Michael Mascaro, Executive Vice President of Mascaro Construction and President of the National Aviary Board of Trustees. National Aviary ambassador birds, including a Bald Eagle, greeted …

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Thirteen Debutantes Presented at the 93rd Cinderella Ball

Presented by their fathers in traditional cotillion style, thirteen Pittsburgh debutantes walked the Omni William Penn ballroom on Saturday, January 26 at the 93rd Annual Cinderella Ball. The evening’s Prince Charming—Joseph Anthony Katarincic III (Jack), a junior at Miami University from Fox Chapel—randomly selected Miss Margaret Elizabeth Maglio as Cinderella. The debutantes, as part of …

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Disability Community Looks to Commonwealth Leaders for Hope and Help

With a re-elected governor sworn back in for his second term, a new lieutenant governor snug in his new office and a gaggle of new legislators joining lawmaking hands with their seasoned colleagues, it’s time for Harrisburg to settle in and begin work one of its most vexing tasks: enacting a fair, adequate and balanced …

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Pittsburgh Mercy’s 15th Annual Reindeer Ball Raises Nearly $100,000

On Sunday, Dec. 9, at The Westin Convention Center Pittsburgh Hotel, more than 200 children along with their families and friends welcomed Santa’s Christmas Circus to town at Pittsburgh Mercy’s 15th Annual Reindeer Ball. Dressed in their holiday finest, children and their families mingled with some of their favorite characters and enjoyed “Santa’s Christmas Circus,” …

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First-Ever “Promenade in the Pavilion” Benefits Cultural Trust

On Saturday, November 10, members, supporters, and friends of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust came together for the first-ever “Promenade in the Pavilion,” enjoying an elegant, European-style picnic (albeit indoors!) inside one of Pittsburgh’s most iconic buildings. Held at The Pennsylvanian, this fundraising event featured an elaborate strolling dinner, cozy hideaways for guests, and live entertainment …

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Wings & Wildlife Art Show Supports the National Aviary

The National Aviary’s 4th annual Wings & Wildlife Art Show began with an upscale Soiree and Benefit Auction on November 2, 2018. More than 40 talented artists and makers filled the Aviary with a wide variety of art, all inspired by wildlife and conservation. The show featured participants of the National Aviary Maker Challenge, an …

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La Fête du Papier at The Frick Pittsburgh

Countess Isabelle de Borchgrave and her husband, Werner, count de Borchgrave d’Altena, traveled from their home in Brussels, Belgium to Pittsburgh, where they were guests of honor at La Fête du Papier, an exclusive black-tie dinner event held on the evening of Thursday, November 1 at The Frick Art Museum in connection with the current …

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Pittsburgh Playhouse Opens Its Doors with a Gala

Point Park University’s new Pittsburgh Playhouse opened its doors in a big way on Saturday, October 13 with a black-tie gala event for over 400 guests, including Oscar and Tony-Award winning alumni, Point Park University administration, trustees, civic and community leaders, faculty, students and Pittsburgh Playhouse patrons. The evening kicked off with a cocktail reception …

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