Fanfare: On a Summer Safari at the Pittsburgh Zoo
The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium kept their decade-long winning streak going strong Friday, with yet another sellout crowd that raised over $200K during the annual Summer Safari.
“I think the fact that it provides so much entertainment ... it's something fun that's completely different,” Public Relations Manager Tracy Gray said. “We kind of have that unique factor, because we have the animals!”
A melting pot of 2,200 swarmed into the grounds for the party that has continuously held its own as one of the hot tickets for those looking for a good time, and, in some cases, even more.
“Can you put in there that I'm looking for a husband?” laughed Jennifer Pavlik, who was there with her friend, Carley Vangura.
Embracing the Sea and Be Seen theme, ladies dominated the fashion front with pops of fresh colors that weren't about to blend into the background while also bidding adieu to any footwear that came close to functional in favor of sky-high stilettos (a feat in itself considering the fact that this mix 'n' mingle stays mobile throughout the evening). Meanwhile, a kilted Jim Agnew upped the ante among the male demographic that retained a relatively casual vibe with the exception of a few overachievers who proved they clean up nicely.
Various watering holes throughout the grounds kept the dehydration at bay, while area eateries including Cioppino, Donato's Fox Chapel and The Capital Grille rang the dinner bell with their food stations.
Among the crowd were co-chairs Joe and Anita Moran, board chair Beverlynn andSteve Elliott, Frank Cartieri, Marissa McKown andIsaac Sun, Jarred Duffy, Amanda Olar, Dennis Cestra Jr., Bob Firouzi andDanielle Stacy, Andrew Spears and Jillian Tomich, Brian Hart and Meghan Fisher .
Kate Benz is the social columnist for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412.380.8515 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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