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Focus on Leadership

Five regional leaders address key elements and lessons of what it means to lead. What do you believe to be the most important ingredients of successful leadership? Susie Shipley, President, Pennsylvania and Ohio Valley Region, Huntington Bank Successful leaders know that culture comes before strategy, character before style and vision before direction. Successful leaders know …

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The Importance of Water

Watershed expert April Claus called to the 20 Quaker Valley High students splashing through a creek bed in their muck boots: “Who wants to release the brown trout?” They were part of Claus’s environmental science internship—the Quaker Valley Creekers. And on that autumn day they waded into Little Sewickley Creek, releasing some fish and collecting …

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Night in the Tropics Raises Nearly $300,000 for the National Aviary

The National Aviary’s 16th Annual Night in the Tropics sold out with 1,300 party-goers on Saturday, July 21st. Guests enjoyed delicious food from over 30 restaurants, tropical cocktails, wine and craft beer as they mingled with colorful birds and enjoyed entertainment including a fire performance, live music and more. The evening raised nearly $300,000 in …

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Passport to Elegance Soiree Features Vintage Automobiles and Airplanes

The Voyager Jet Center at the Allegheny County Airport was the host venue of the second Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Passport to Elegance Jet Center Party on July 12, 2018. The guests at this red carpet luxury bash, held in the unique venue of the 18,000 square foot airplane hangar, were greeted to a weather-perfect …

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Black Tie & Tailpipes Gala Kicks Off Grand Prix

The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Black Tie & Tailpipes Gala on Friday, July 6 at Fox Chapel Golf Club kicked off a week of Grand Prix events, culminating on Sunday, July 15 with the races in Schenely Park. This year was another sell out for the gala as more than 300 people attended. The Fox …

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Pittsburgh’s Hardest Working Angel

Enter the warehouse and, if you aren’t bewildered by the seeming randomness of it all, you get a sense of the urgency. Mobile hospital beds. Crutches. Respirators. IV poles guarding bedpans. Hundreds of boxes of pharmaceuticals. Medical equipment bound for Nigeria, Uganda, Guyana. And for some reason, dozens of suitcases, many of them more than …

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Black and White

For the first eight years of my teaching career, the only white face in my classroom was mine. I was aware of that fact, of course, but only peripherally. My students were just that, my students. Don’t misunderstand. I’m not saying I was colorblind. I just didn’t relate to my students at Westinghouse High School …

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Pittsburgh Botanic Garden’s “From Garden to Mexican Table” Gala Honors Rick Bayless

“From Garden to Mexican Table—A Gala Tribute to Rick Bayless” raised $260,000 for Pittsburgh Botanic Garden. Held at the Pennsylvanian on Thursday, June 14, the event drew 350 attendees. The seated dinner—following a presentation to Rick Bayless—was crafted by a group of the city’s finest chefs led by Bill Fuller and Justin Severino. Highmark was …

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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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