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“Galactic Get Down” Revels in Museum’s Vision of the Future

On Friday, June 15, the Mattress Factory museum of contemporary art welcomed a sold-out crowd of over 1,300 people to its annual Urban Garden Party. This year’s theme, Galactic Get Down, took inspiration from the museum’s vision for 2058, 40 years in the future. Guests remembered the Mattress Factory’s founding director, Barbara Luderowski, by wearing …

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“Excursion to the Exotic” Supports Zoo’s Conservation Efforts

The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium celebrated an Excursion to the Exotic on Friday, June 8. Six hundred guests were transported to Safari Plaza where they met elephants, giraffes, and a variety of animal favorites. Guests were treated to mouth-watering food prepared by Taste, the Zoo’s catering partner, delicious drinks, and wild entertainment provided by …

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Judith Hansen O’Toole, Art Lover

I was born in Minneapolis, one of four sisters. My father was a college professor who was finishing his Ph.D. in American studies at the University of Minnesota, after which he took a job at Penn State. So, I actually grew up in State College, and was a “faculty brat” there. My mother was a …

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63rd Annual Pittsburgh CLO Guild Ball Features Samples from Upcoming Season

The 63rd Annual Pittsburgh CLO Guild Ball was held on Saturday, May 19 at the Westin Hotel. The evening’s theme, “The Rhythm is Gonna Get You,” saluted the Pittsburgh CLO summer season opener, ON YOUR FEET! The ball—chaired by Laura Penrod Kronk and Dolores Warwick—honored Sandy and Bill Lambert with the CLOE Award for Community …

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Protecting Free Speech on Campus

For this special feature, we invited the presidents of the region’s leading institutions of higher education to respond to the following: The American Civil Liberties Union has written that “An open society depends on liberal education, and the whole enterprise of liberal education is founded on the principle of free speech.” Yet surveys suggest that …

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Maecenas XXXIV Brings Contortionists to the Opera

Pittsburgh’s best-dressed celebrated at Pittsburgh Opera’s 34th annual Maecenas Gala on May 12th in a crowd of 250. Local performing arts patrons Pat and Michele Atkins were presented with Pittsburgh Opera’s Maecenas Award. Pittsburgh Opera awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award to Honorable Tom Wolf, Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, which was accepted on his …

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Pittsburgh Public Theater’s “Bon Voyage!” Bids Ted Pappas Farewell

“Bon Voyage!” a red carpet event celebrating Ted Pappas and Pittsburgh Public Theater, took place on Monday, April 30 at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown. This August, Ted will say goodbye to the theater after 18 years at the helm and more than 450 well-wishers were on board to bid him farewell. Co-chairs for the …

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Behind-the-Scenes of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s Season Finale

This spring, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre (PBT) joins in international centennial celebrations for choreographer Jerome Robbins and composer Leonard Bernstein with an all-Robbins program featuring three company premieres. “UPMC Presents West Side Story Suite + In the Night + Fancy Free” with the PBT Orchestra takes the stage May 4-6, at the Benedum Center. In addition …

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Family House Gifting Gala Raises $145,000

The Family House Gifting Gala was held Saturday, April 14 at J. Verno Studios. The speakeasy-themed event was presented by UPMC and UPMC Health Plan and celebrated 35 years of Family House’s mission to provide a “home away from home” to patients and families who travel to Pittsburgh for medical care. The crowd of 240 …

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YWCA Greater Pittsburgh Celebrates 150 Years with Speaker Dr. Jill Biden

Over 450 guests packed the Wyndham Grand in Downtown Pittsburgh on Friday, April 13 to celebrate 150 years of the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh with featured speaker Dr. Jill Biden, former Second Lady of the U.S. Before Dr. Biden took the stage, guests made their way up to a cocktail reception with music by the Kevin …

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Pittsburgh Opera Fashion Event Captures “Game of Thrones”

A Song of Thrones captured the drama of the immensely popular medieval fantasy epic “Game of Thrones” while spotlighting costuming and music from Pittsburgh Opera, as well as high-end fashions by designer Diana Misetic of Shadyside fashion studio & boutique Little Black Dress. Misetic custom-made cutting edge couture specifically for the event, which were worn …

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Fourth Annual Great Futures Gala Celebrates Outstanding Youth

Over 250 guests recognized youth at Boys & Girls Clubs of Western PA’s Fourth Annual Great Futures Gala at the Sheraton Station Square on Wednesday, March 14. Hosted by KDKA meteorologist Ron Smiley, the evening centered around exemplary youth who represent each of the eight Club branches in the Greater Pittsburgh area. Jayla Ellis from …

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National Aviary Announces 2018 Featured Artists

The National Aviary officially kicked off Wings & Wildlife 2018 on Tuesday, March 13 with the announcement of this year’s featured artists: the 18 makers of the National Aviary Maker Challenge, a unique partnership between the National Aviary, Bridgeway Capital’s Craft Business Accelerator, and MONMADE, with the goal of fostering entrepreneurship among a select group …

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Flappers, Bootleggers and Gangsters, Oh My! History Uncorked Entertains 1,600 Guests

The Senator John Heinz History Center hosted its 20th annual History Uncorked, Pittsburgh’s premier party for young professionals, on Friday, Feb. 16. History Uncorked: Roaring ’20s, presented by BNY Mellon, offered an evening of fun, discovery, dancing, and activities to 1,600 guests—not to mention great food from Pittsburgh’s hottest eateries and delicious drinks from Wigle …

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The Children’s Home Celebrates 125 Years

On Saturday, March 3, 2018, The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh & Lemieux Family Center celebrated 125 years of serving children and families through their three programs: Adoption, Child’s Way® daycare for medically fragile children, and the Pediatric Specialty Hospital, a 30 bed transitional pediatric hospital. Shake Your Booties 125th Birthday Party marked the 17th year …

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Annual Heart Ball Raises More Than $1.2 Million

More than 550 attendees celebrated the accomplishments of the American Heart Association on Saturday, February 17 at the 29th Annual Pittsburgh Heart Ball. This year’s theme, Heart of a Champion, celebrates lifesaving advancements in cardiovascular research and increases awareness of programs to improve the health of local communities that have the greatest need for prevention, …

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Calgon Carbon’s Randy Dearth Crowned King of the 2018 Mardi Gras Gala

Balloons, boas, a sit-down dinner, dancing, Dixieland-style bands and a carpool karaoke video featuring some of Pittsburgh’s most influential corporate leaders were all showcased at what has become one of Pittsburgh’s premier social gatherings: the Annual Mardi Gras Gala to benefit the Epilepsy Foundation Western/Central Pennsylvania. 2017 King Jerry MacCleary of Covestro headed up the …

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Gentlemen’s Night Out Raises $180,000 for the National Aviary

The 2018 Gentlemen’s Night Out on the North Shore benefitting the National Aviary was held on Friday, February 9th. The black-tie event was hosted by the National Aviary’s Board of Trustees President and Executive Vice President of Mascaro Construction Company, Michael Mascaro. Nearly 200 guests attended the fundraiser and were greeted by avian ambassadors, a …

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92nd Cinderella Ball Held at the Omni William Penn

On Saturday, January 27, seventeen local debutantes walked the length of the ballroom at the Omni William Penn on the arms of their fathers before a crowd of family and friends during the 92nd presentation of the Cinderella Ball. Ball chairs Brette Gillman and Natalie Kelley, escorted by their husbands Kyle Gillman and Brendan Kelley, …

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Firing on All Cylinders

When Paul Hennigan became president of Point Park University in 2006, he inherited an institution that a little more than a decade earlier was in danger of going out of business. One of his first priorities was deciding the viability of the Pittsburgh Playhouse in Oakland. Eleven years later, the new Playhouse is set to …

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Allegheny County Parks Celebrate 90th Anniversary

More than 200 guests celebrated the 90th anniversary of the Allegheny County Parks January 10 at an evening reception at the Heinz History Center. “90 Years of Allegheny County Parks: Celebrating their Legacy, Imagining their Future” brought acclaimed landscape architect Thomas Woltz to Pittsburgh to envision the next era for our nine county parks. Woltz, …

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A Quick Pittsburgh Holiday Tour

For quick holiday cheer without leaving your desk, view the gallery below of some seasonal attractions in the Pittsburgh region. Merry Christmas! Want to see for yourselves? Click on the attraction below for more information. A Very Merry Pittsburgh exhibition, Senator John Heinz History Center Carnegie Trees and Presepio, Carnegie Museum of Art Miniature Railroad …

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