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Fanfare: Forces of Nature showcases talents of Pittsburgh-area planners, designers

| Sunday, March 6, 2016, 9:00 p.m.
Becky Mauro attended the Forces of Nature- Event Pros Take Action event at Bakery Square 2.0,  in East Liberty. March 5, 2016.
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Becky Mauro attended the Forces of Nature- Event Pros Take Action event at Bakery Square 2.0, in East Liberty. March 5, 2016.
MIchael Cerbelli joined Marie Antoinette, aka Karin Ekberg, for a hot chocolate mess during  the Forces of Nature- Event Pros Take Action event at Bakery Square 2.0,  in East Liberty. March 5, 2016.
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MIchael Cerbelli joined Marie Antoinette, aka Karin Ekberg, for a hot chocolate mess during the Forces of Nature- Event Pros Take Action event at Bakery Square 2.0, in East Liberty. March 5, 2016.
Roger Ngirimana struck a debonair pose during the Forces of Nature - Event Pros Take Action event at Bakery Square 2.0,  in East Liberty. March 5, 2016.
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Roger Ngirimana struck a debonair pose during the Forces of Nature - Event Pros Take Action event at Bakery Square 2.0, in East Liberty. March 5, 2016.
Nicole Somplatsky and Owen Daly attended the Forces of Nature- Event Pros Take Action event at Bakery Square 2.0,  in East Liberty. March 5, 2016.
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Nicole Somplatsky and Owen Daly attended the Forces of Nature- Event Pros Take Action event at Bakery Square 2.0, in East Liberty. March 5, 2016.
Denise Cerbelli and Rawle Jonas were among the guests attending Forces of Nature- Event Pros Take Action event at Bakery Square 2.0,  in East Liberty. March 5, 2016.
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Denise Cerbelli and Rawle Jonas were among the guests attending Forces of Nature- Event Pros Take Action event at Bakery Square 2.0, in East Liberty. March 5, 2016.
Kierstin Wilson and Travis Mitro attended the Forces of Nature- Event Pros Take Action event at Bakery Square 2.0,  in East Liberty. March 5, 2016.
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Kierstin Wilson and Travis Mitro attended the Forces of Nature- Event Pros Take Action event at Bakery Square 2.0, in East Liberty. March 5, 2016.
Kamille Neely attended the Forces of Nature- Event Pros Take Action event at Bakery Square 2.0,  in East Liberty. March 5, 2016.
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Kamille Neely attended the Forces of Nature- Event Pros Take Action event at Bakery Square 2.0, in East Liberty. March 5, 2016.
Bianca Leonard and Tasia Weems attended the Forces of Nature- Event Pros Take Action event at Bakery Square 2.0,  in East Liberty. March 5, 2016.
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Bianca Leonard and Tasia Weems attended the Forces of Nature- Event Pros Take Action event at Bakery Square 2.0, in East Liberty. March 5, 2016.
Mauricio Czonstowsky and Ashley Cardosi were among the guests attending the Forces of Nature- Event Pros Take Action event at Bakery Square 2.0,  in East Liberty. March 5, 2016.
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Mauricio Czonstowsky and Ashley Cardosi were among the guests attending the Forces of Nature- Event Pros Take Action event at Bakery Square 2.0, in East Liberty. March 5, 2016.
Michael Kostiew, Stephan Bontrager and Jack Bellas hit the dance floor during the Forces of Nature- Event Pros Take Action event at Bakery Square 2.0,  in East Liberty. March 5, 2016.
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Michael Kostiew, Stephan Bontrager and Jack Bellas hit the dance floor during the Forces of Nature- Event Pros Take Action event at Bakery Square 2.0, in East Liberty. March 5, 2016.
Christina and Brigitte Nyuyen attended the Forces of Nature- Event Pros Take Action event at Bakery Square 2.0,  in East Liberty. March 5, 2016.
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Christina and Brigitte Nyuyen attended the Forces of Nature- Event Pros Take Action event at Bakery Square 2.0, in East Liberty. March 5, 2016.
Jenna Cesary added a splash of color to the Forces of Nature- Event Pros Take Action event at Bakery Square 2.0,  in East Liberty. March 5, 2016.
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Jenna Cesary added a splash of color to the Forces of Nature- Event Pros Take Action event at Bakery Square 2.0, in East Liberty. March 5, 2016.
Blues Makers performed during  the Forces of Nature- Event Pros Take Action event at Bakery Square 2.0,  in East Liberty. March 5, 2016.
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Blues Makers performed during the Forces of Nature- Event Pros Take Action event at Bakery Square 2.0, in East Liberty. March 5, 2016.
Alora Chateaux joined Joe Mineo and Tootsie Snyder during the Forces of Nature - Event Pros Take Action event at Bakery Square 2.0,  in East Liberty. March 5, 2016.
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Alora Chateaux joined Joe Mineo and Tootsie Snyder during the Forces of Nature - Event Pros Take Action event at Bakery Square 2.0, in East Liberty. March 5, 2016.
Al and Bonnie Cousin joined Marshall and Wallis Katz during the Forces of Nature- Event Pros Take Action event at Bakery Square 2.0,  in East Liberty. March 5, 2016.
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Al and Bonnie Cousin joined Marshall and Wallis Katz during the Forces of Nature- Event Pros Take Action event at Bakery Square 2.0, in East Liberty. March 5, 2016.
Joanna Huss joined Dorna Palcic and Bita Mascara during the Forces of Nature- Event Pros Take Action event at Bakery Square 2.0,  in East Liberty. March 5, 2016.
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Joanna Huss joined Dorna Palcic and Bita Mascara during the Forces of Nature- Event Pros Take Action event at Bakery Square 2.0, in East Liberty. March 5, 2016.

With a hypnotic, prismatic visual of 78 individually hand-cut hexagons illuminating the upper floor of raw space in Bakery Square 2.0, chances were slim that anything else could possibly divert attentions.

Until a double team of body paint, tulle and strategically placed rhinestones appeared.

“We're told they can come off by soaking, ripping and not screaming too loud,” joked Ashley Young of Creative Juice Group.

With each moment unfolding as one seemingly endless crescendo, area event planners and designers unleashed their creative prowess for theForces of Nature: Color Our World soiree on March 5, turning a blank canvas into an explosion of eye candy.

“I don't want to go home tonight,” admittedJoanna Huss.

The East Liberty event benefited Event Pros Take Action, a charity formed five years ago by professional event organizers to help rebuild communities that have suffered from environmental catastrophe.

Under the serenade of an amplified violinist courtesy ofSteven Vance, guests wove their way through vibrantly designed vignettes fromJoe Mineo, Martin Potoczny of LUXE Creative,Shayla Hawkins, Sheila Weiner of The Event Group, and Tim Komen of TK Studio.

“Frank Sinatra always said orange is the happiest color, and we agree with that, but we also think it's hot and sexy,” Mineo shared, whose space included a multitiered chandelier of monarchs and florals.

While Move Makers Band obliterated the stage, plenty of partygoers headed to Komen's space, which had everyone wanting to take home a souvenir from his “Punk Rock & Marie Antoinette”-themed green room.

Not even the elevator ride back downstairs proved to be mundane.

“This is my Uber driver,” joked Stephan Botranger (with Michael Kostiew) when Juggler Toby rolled in with his unicycle.

Spied were Event Pros Take Action founder Susie and Gregg Perelman, Allison McGeary, Wallis and MarshallKatz, Alexis Maddox, Ericka Taylor, Alexa Franz, Cathy Lewis Long, Shari Zatman, David Missimer and Lara and MichaelBentz.

Kate Benz is a Tribune-Review contributing writer. Send news to Fanfare@tribweb.com.

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