Co-chairs for the fundraiser were David & Dawne Hickton and Dan & Shelly Onorato, with Presenting Sponsors Highmark and The Heinz Endowments.
Dressed as a ship’s captain and surrounded by a crew of beautiful sailors and sailorettes, Ted greeted those who ascended the hotel’s grand staircase. The second-floor cocktail area was decorated like the Promenade Deck of a luxury ocean liner, and the grand ballroom became the Blue Horizons Salon for a three-course meal featuring Petite Filet and Pistachio-Crusted Halibut.
Before and after dinner, guests rocked the boat on the dance floor to the sounds of the Nick Dialoiso Orchestra. An auction included round-trip tickets to anywhere in Europe compliments of Delta Airlines, a golfer’s paradise package, and Ted’s own Fabulous Towel.
The event raised more than $475,000 for Pittsburgh Public Theater programming.