Events

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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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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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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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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“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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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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