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Fanfare: Cancer Caring Center's 11th annual Jeans & Jewels in Pittsburgh

| Friday, July 1, 2016, 5:48 p.m.
Chairs Rebecca Whitlinger joined by Chris and Jaimee Hoke at the Jeans and Jewels Cancer Caring Center event at the Left Field Meeting Space in the North Shore.  June 30 , 2016.
Chairs Rebecca Whitlinger joined by Chris and Jaimee Hoke at the Jeans and Jewels Cancer Caring Center event at the Left Field Meeting Space in the North Shore. June 30 , 2016.
Amanda D'Amico and Alisha Gwen attended the Jeans and Jewels Cancer Caring Center event at the Left Field Meeting Space in the North Shore.  June 30 , 2016.
Amanda D'Amico and Alisha Gwen attended the Jeans and Jewels Cancer Caring Center event at the Left Field Meeting Space in the North Shore. June 30 , 2016.
Kathy Green joined by Pat Dalesio at the Jeans and Jewels Cancer Caring Center event at the Left Field Meeting Space in the North Shore.  June 30 , 2016.
Kathy Green joined by Pat Dalesio at the Jeans and Jewels Cancer Caring Center event at the Left Field Meeting Space in the North Shore. June 30 , 2016.
Cindy Shoemaker attended the Jeans and Jewels Cancer Caring Center event at the Left Field Meeting Space in the North Shore.  June 30 , 2016.
Cindy Shoemaker attended the Jeans and Jewels Cancer Caring Center event at the Left Field Meeting Space in the North Shore. June 30 , 2016.
Nina Williams and Sandy DiGregory attended the Jeans and Jewels Cancer Caring Center event at the Left Field Meeting Space in the North Shore.  June 30 , 2016.
Nina Williams and Sandy DiGregory attended the Jeans and Jewels Cancer Caring Center event at the Left Field Meeting Space in the North Shore. June 30 , 2016.
Cindy Bandula-Yates joined by Ruth Modzelewski at the Jeans and Jewels Cancer Caring Center event at the Left Field Meeting Space in the North Shore.  June 30 , 2016.
Cindy Bandula-Yates joined by Ruth Modzelewski at the Jeans and Jewels Cancer Caring Center event at the Left Field Meeting Space in the North Shore. June 30 , 2016.
Marianne Haggerty joined by the sleeping Grizz at the Jeans and Jewels Cancer Caring Center event at the Left Field Meeting Space in the North Shore.  June 30 , 2016.
Marianne Haggerty joined by the sleeping Grizz at the Jeans and Jewels Cancer Caring Center event at the Left Field Meeting Space in the North Shore. June 30 , 2016.
Jaci Givens at the Jeans and Jewels Cancer Caring Center event at the Left Field Meeting Space in the North Shore.  June 30 , 2016.
Jaci Givens at the Jeans and Jewels Cancer Caring Center event at the Left Field Meeting Space in the North Shore. June 30 , 2016.
Jaci Givens and Debbie Hnat attended the Jeans and Jewels Cancer Caring Center event at the Left Field Meeting Space in the North Shore.  June 30 , 2016.
Jaci Givens and Debbie Hnat attended the Jeans and Jewels Cancer Caring Center event at the Left Field Meeting Space in the North Shore. June 30 , 2016.
Jeffrey Smith and Jeffrey Leonard attended the Jeans and Jewels Cancer Caring Center event at the Left Field Meeting Space in the North Shore.  June 30 , 2016.
Jeffrey Smith and Jeffrey Leonard attended the Jeans and Jewels Cancer Caring Center event at the Left Field Meeting Space in the North Shore. June 30 , 2016.
April Fisher and Lisa Edmonds attended the Jeans and Jewels Cancer Caring Center event at the Left Field Meeting Space in the North Shore.  June 30 , 2016.
April Fisher and Lisa Edmonds attended the Jeans and Jewels Cancer Caring Center event at the Left Field Meeting Space in the North Shore. June 30 , 2016.
Cecelia Marano joined by Christina O'Toole and Bill Perry at the Jeans and Jewels Cancer Caring Center event at the Left Field Meeting Space in the North Shore.  June 30 , 2016.
Cecelia Marano joined by Christina O'Toole and Bill Perry at the Jeans and Jewels Cancer Caring Center event at the Left Field Meeting Space in the North Shore. June 30 , 2016.
Cindy Shoemaker joined by Jeff Leonard at the Jeans and Jewels Cancer Caring Center event at the Left Field Meeting Space in the North Shore.  June 30 , 2016.
Cindy Shoemaker joined by Jeff Leonard at the Jeans and Jewels Cancer Caring Center event at the Left Field Meeting Space in the North Shore. June 30 , 2016.
Mary Ann Miller joined by Lisa Sill at the Jeans and Jewels Cancer Caring Center event at the Left Field Meeting Space in the North Shore.  June 30 , 2016.
Mary Ann Miller joined by Lisa Sill at the Jeans and Jewels Cancer Caring Center event at the Left Field Meeting Space in the North Shore. June 30 , 2016.
Lisa Sill at the Jeans and Jewels Cancer Caring Center event at the Left Field Meeting Space in the North Shore.  June 30 , 2016.
Lisa Sill at the Jeans and Jewels Cancer Caring Center event at the Left Field Meeting Space in the North Shore. June 30 , 2016.

although it was assumed that guests of the Cancer Caring Center's 11th annualJeans & Jewels soiree would come dressed accordingly, no one could compete with Cindy Yates' take on things.

“Well,” she said, showing off a support cast adorned with baubles. “If you're going to Jeans & Jewels, you might as well jazz it up. I'm totally grooving with this thing on.”

Her friend, Ruth Modzelewski, agreed. “It is the classiest, sexiest broken foot there is,” she said.

Held on the rooftop space at Smith Bros. on the North Shore, the evening drew the likes of former Steelers defensive lineman Chris Hoke, who co-chaired the event with his wife, Jaimee. While sports aficionados paid their respects, Jeffrey Smith was spied in the hot seat, inspiration for caricaturist Jeffrey Harris.

“Throw darts at this one,” said Smith, showing off his portrait.

Most of the crowd took advantage of the outdoor space and the spectacular city views. But the party really got started once The Grizz, a Havanese-miniature moodle mix and unofficial mascot of the event, showed up wearing a bow tie.

“He didn't want to miss this and was up for a good time,” said Marianne Haggerty of her 14-year-old rescue pet. “Life is good on the rooftop.”

Spied were executive directorRebeccaWhitlinger; chairman Jeff Leonard and his brother, Sean, and mom, Bette Leonard; Dr. Raymond andHolly Planinsic; Robin Beruh; Steve Killen; Mark Wells; Tonya Nardi; Gina and David Pferdehirt; Stephanie and Matt Scoletti; Cindy Shoemaker; Cristina Talotta; Christina O'Toole; Connie George; and Mike Meyer.

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

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