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Fanfare: Allegheny Health Network gala raises $5.6 million

| Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, 9:00 p.m.
Debbie and Jimmy Campbell, Allegheny Health Network Gala, Stage AE, North Shore. Sept. 27, 2017.
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Debbie and Jimmy Campbell, Allegheny Health Network Gala, Stage AE, North Shore. Sept. 27, 2017.
Event chair Greg Jordan, event hostess Cynthia Hundorfean and Highmark CEO David Holmberg, Allegheny Health Network Gala, Stage AE, North Shore. Sept. 27, 2017.
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Event chair Greg Jordan, event hostess Cynthia Hundorfean and Highmark CEO David Holmberg, Allegheny Health Network Gala, Stage AE, North Shore. Sept. 27, 2017.
Kim Beim, Allegheny Health Network Gala, Stage AE, North Shore. Sept. 27, 2017.
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Kim Beim, Allegheny Health Network Gala, Stage AE, North Shore. Sept. 27, 2017.
Event planner Martin Potoczny, Allegheny Health Network Gala, Stage AE, North Shore. Sept. 27, 2017.
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Event planner Martin Potoczny, Allegheny Health Network Gala, Stage AE, North Shore. Sept. 27, 2017.
KDKA-TV sports anchor Bob Pompeani and Joseph Cieply, Allegheny Health Network Gala, Stage AE, North Shore. Sept. 27, 2017.
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KDKA-TV sports anchor Bob Pompeani and Joseph Cieply, Allegheny Health Network Gala, Stage AE, North Shore. Sept. 27, 2017.
Gurmeet Chahal and Rick Scarfino, Allegheny Health Network Gala, Stage AE, North Shore. Sept. 27, 2017.
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Gurmeet Chahal and Rick Scarfino, Allegheny Health Network Gala, Stage AE, North Shore. Sept. 27, 2017.
Karen Hanlon and Aradhna Oliphant, Allegheny Health Network Gala, Stage AE, North Shore. Sept. 27, 2017.
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Karen Hanlon and Aradhna Oliphant, Allegheny Health Network Gala, Stage AE, North Shore. Sept. 27, 2017.
Bonnie and Tom VanKirk with Melissa Anderson, Allegheny Health Network Gala, Stage AE, North Shore. Sept. 27, 2017.
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Bonnie and Tom VanKirk with Melissa Anderson, Allegheny Health Network Gala, Stage AE, North Shore. Sept. 27, 2017.
Shelly and Dan Onorato, Allegheny Health Network Gala, Stage AE, North Shore. Sept. 27, 2017.
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Shelly and Dan Onorato, Allegheny Health Network Gala, Stage AE, North Shore. Sept. 27, 2017.
State house minority leader Frank Dermody with Debra Dermody, Allegheny Health Network Gala, Stage AE, North Shore. Sept. 27, 2017.
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State house minority leader Frank Dermody with Debra Dermody, Allegheny Health Network Gala, Stage AE, North Shore. Sept. 27, 2017.
Sy Holzer with Emma and Greg Jordan, Allegheny Health Network Gala, Stage AE, North Shore. Sept. 27, 2017.
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Sy Holzer with Emma and Greg Jordan, Allegheny Health Network Gala, Stage AE, North Shore. Sept. 27, 2017.
Pittsburgh Pirates president Frank Coonelly, Allegheny Health Network Gala, Stage AE, North Shore. Sept. 27, 2017..
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Pittsburgh Pirates president Frank Coonelly, Allegheny Health Network Gala, Stage AE, North Shore. Sept. 27, 2017..

It was sold out by early July. Nearly three months before Allegheny Health Network dimmed the lights at Stage AE, welcomed a crowd of 485 and raised a glass for an inaugural gala that raised $5.6 million.

“It's a celebration of all the things we've been working on for the past three years,” said president and CEO Cynthia Hundorfean. “We're telling everyone in Pittsburgh that we are here to stay.”

Prior to the main event, VIPs including Highmark CEO David Holmberg, David Goldberg, Allie Quick, Dr. Allan Klapper, Dr. David Parda, Lynne Marchese, Sy Holzer, Debbie Flaherty Campbell and Jim Campbell were making the rounds upstairs, where it was elbow room only.

“It's been really gratifying to see the community come together,” said gala chair Greg Jordan. “And all the money raised stays here in the community as well.”

Following cocktail hour, it was in the glow of the mainstage where guests took their seats around tables that glistened like liquidized crystal, courtesy of the prowess of LUXE Creative Martin Potoczny. Emcee Bob Pompeani did the honors in between courses, although the party officially kicked into high gear once the Elite Show Band took over.

Proceeds benefitted cancer services, cardiovascular medicine and surgery, emergency services, the neurosciences, orthopedics, and women's health, as well as the AHN Research Institute and AHN's nursing program.

Also on the list: Nancy Angus, Dr. Dominic Bagnoli, Scott Barnyak, Jack Barbour, Dan Booker, Jeff Broadhurst, Mark Broadhurst, Louis Cestello, Frank Coonelly, Steven D'Achille, Patricia Darnley, Dr. Bruce MacLeod, Julie and Mac McMullen, Sebastian Mitchell, Mitchell Possinger. Ron Andro, Dr. Jeff Cohen, Bill Englert, Dr. Mark Rubino, Duke Rupert, Louise Urban.

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